5/11/2018: New policy letter available regarding Equivalency Determination – FRP gratings conforming to ASTM F3059

The Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards published Policy Letter 01-18: “Equivalency Determination-FRP Gratings Conforming to ASTM F3059,” that provides guidance on the acceptance of Fiber Reinforced Plastic gratings as equivalent to steel on inspected vessels, including mobile offshore drilling units and floating production platforms.


5/4/2018: “Marine Transportation System Cyber Awareness Training” webinar sessions for AMSC members offered during May 2018

The Coast Guard’s Office of Port and Facility Compliance, in coordination with ABS Group, will provide four opportunities for Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) members to take “Marine Transportation System Cyber Awareness Training” via webinar throughout May 2018.


05/03/2018: MSIB 04-18 Concentrated Inspection Campaign: Open Lifeboats

As noted in the Commandant’s Final Action Memo on the sinking of the S.S. El Faro, the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance is initiating a Concentrated Inspection Campaign for all U.S. flag vessels fitted with open lifeboats. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that these critical lifesaving appliances are maintained in working order and ready for immediate use.


4/9/2018: Inmarsat network migration impact on maritime distress and safety services

Editor’s note: This post was updated April 10, 2018 to reflect that Inmarsat will begin the migration 1400 UTC May 9, 2018 instead of April 16, 2018, as originally announced. For the latest information, visit the Inmarsat website provided in our blog post. Inmarsat announced that it will migrate Inmarsat-C, Mini C, and Fleet77 used for Global Maritime Distress & Safety System, Long Range Identification and Tracking and Ship Security Alerting Systems from their I-3 to their I-4 Network.


4/6/2018: Congratulations to the latest E-Zero designees

In an effort to better recognize those companies, operators, and vessels that have earned the E-Zero designation on their QUALSHIP 21 certificate, Maritime Commons will periodically publish the names of the latest vessels to earn the E-Zero designation.


3/29/2018: Reminder – application period for Towing Safety Advisory Committee membership open until April 10

The Coast Guard will consider applications for five positions that will be vacant Sept. 30, 2018: Two positions representing the barge and towing industry, reflecting a regional geographical balance; one position representing the offshore mineral and oil supply vessel industry; one position representing shippers; and one position drawn from the general public to serve as a Special Government Employee. To be eligible, applicants should have particular expertise, knowledge, and experience regarding shallow-draft inland, coastal waterway, and offshore, navigation and towing safety.


3/16/2018: Reminder – National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

As a reminder, the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will meet in Oakland, California, March 20-21, 2018, to review and discuss various issues relating to national maritime security. All meetings will be open to the public. The meeting will also be broadcast online.


3/08/2018: Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators Steering Committee meeting

The Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators Safety Partnership held its National Quality Steering Committee meeting Feb. 21, 2018, with an agenda focusing on the concerns of the partnership and industry. Industry representatives discussed a variety of issues facing the towing industry and the meeting also included a series of updates from workgroups and quality actions teams on the progress of new initiatives and policy/regulatory implementations.


3/7/2018: Rear Adm. Nadeau hosts Benkert award recipients for presentation ceremony in New Orleans

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, presented awards to the five winners of the William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence, during a ceremony in New Orleans, March 2, 2018. Maritime Commons announced the winners in a post Feb. 22, 2018, but we are sharing additional details about the achievements that earned them this prestigious award.


2/28/2018: Op/Ed piece by Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy

Rear Adm. John Nadeau was invited to submit an opinion/educational article for the February 2018 edition of Marine News Magazine. In the article, Nadeau provides his views on the Coast Guard’s responsibility to safeguard the Marine Transportation System and enable the uninterrupted flow of maritime commerce.


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