6/6/2017: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise spring newsletter available online

The newsletter serves to provide useful information on national and international policies as well as highlight success stories, best practices and achievements in the field.


6/6/2017: Congressional hearing alert – Deputy commandants for operations, mission support to testify on building a 21st Century infrastructure

The Deputy Commandant of Operations Vice Adm. Charles Ray and Deputy Commandant for Mission Support Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz will testify before Congress Wednesday, June 7, 2017, on building Coast Guard capabilities and infrastructure for a 21st Century. Details and the internet link to a live-webcast of the hearing are provided in this blog post.


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6/5/2017: IOSC Recap #5 – USCG Sector Delaware Bay: Response to rail incidents planning project

Fifth in our IOSC series is recap of a presentation by Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Wirth, titled “USCG Sector Delaware Bay: Response to Rail Incidents Planning Project.” Wirth responded to two train derailments, first in Paulsboro, N.J., and then barely a year later, a second in Philadelphia. Her talk focuses on the importance of working with all stakeholders in the area and how they addressed the challenges resulting from increased rail transport of diluted bitumen (dilbit) and Bakken crude oils through the maritime environment.


6/5/2017: Nor-Shipping 2017 – “Transparency call from U.S. Coast Guard,” Reprint of TradeWinds article

This post provides an article that appeared June 1, 2017, on TradeWindsnews.com, covering comments given by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, during the DNV GL panel at Norshipping 2017. The panel focused on the 2020 global 0.5 percent sulphur emissions cap, fuel availability, and enforcement.


6/2/2017: Nor-Shipping 2017 – Remarks by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, “Maritime Cybersecurity: Risks, Resilience and Strategies for Defense in Depth”

In his remarks, Thomas focuses on cyber risk in the maritime shipping environment and the importance of incorporating cyber risk management into operations and maintenance at the earliest stages of ship design and construction.


6/1/2017: The Evolution of Sector Profiles – Recap of recent NIST Cybersecurity Framework Workshop

In this post, Capt. Ryan Manning, chief of the Office of Port and Facility Compliance, talks about the progress made between the Coast Guard and partner organizations to continue building cybersecurity profiles and the importance of constant stakeholder engagement.


6/1/2017: Nor-Shipping 2017 – Remarks by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, “Global Governance and Ocean Space”

Earlier this week, Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, had the opportunity to give remarks during several sessions at the 2017 Nor-Shipping Conference in Oslo, Norway. Each session included many other international participants representing government and private sector interests. In this post, Thomas gives the Coast Guard perspective on global capacity building in the face of the complex and modern marine transportation system.


5/25/2017: IOSC Recap #4-Tank Barge APEX 3508: Best practices for detection and recovery of sunken oil

Fourth in our IOSC series is a recap of a presentation by Cmdr. Mark Sawyer, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Kentucky, titled “T/B APEX 3508 Case Study: Best Practices for Detection and Recovery of Sunken Oil.” APEX 3508 released an estimated 120,500 gallons of slurry oil into the Mississippi River after two tugboats collided near Columbus, Kentucky in September 2015. The majority of the oil sank to the riverbed and Sawyer shared with conference attendees some of the challenges responders faced when recovering sunken oil, lessons learned, and recommendations for future incidents.


5/25/2017: IOSC Recap #3-Tank Barge Argo: A case study on the employment of NCP special teams

Next up in our IOSC series, is a recap of a presentation by Cmdr. Tedd Hutley, commanding officer of the Atlantic Strike Team, titled “Tank Barge Argo: A Case Study on the Employment of NCP Special Teams.” The Argo was a small tank barge that sank in Lake Erie, Ohio in 1937 and began leaking over 70 years later.


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