10/1/2017: Coast Guard releases Report of Investigation into loss of 33 mariners and U.S. cargo ship, El Faro

The MBI concluded that the primary cause of the casualty was the decision to navigate El Faro too close to the path of Hurricane Joaquin. As the MBI expanded the investigation to explore other contributing factors, it uncovered evidence of an ineffective safety management system within the operating company, and failures by both the Coast Guard delegated representative and the Coast Guard itself to provide effective oversight of the vessel’s compliance with safety regulations.


9/28/2017: LGC NCOE and industry experts provide technical training for future USCG LNG fueled vessel inspectors

The LGC NCOE, with support from industry and regulatory agencies, along with the Coast Guard’s Office of Design & Engineering Standards and the Marine Safety Center (MSC) provided Coast Guard Marine Inspectors from across the U.S. with an in-depth understanding of LNG fueled engines, bunkering evolutions, risk analysis, containment systems, vessel operations, plan review and firefighting/vapor suppression techniques.


9/22/2017: New dates for Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee meeting

The Committee and its working groups are scheduled to meet in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and the full Committee is scheduled to meet Friday Oct. 27, 2017, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


9/22/2017: New dates for Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee meeting

The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, and Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., in Martinsburg, West Virginia.


9/19/2017: Availability of NVIC 02-13 Change 1, Guidance Implementing the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

This change incorporates the 2014 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) related to financial liability for repatriation of seafarers and financial security relating to shipowners’ liability in cases of seafarer injury or death into the existing voluntary compliance framework for vessels that engage on international voyages to those countries that are signatory to the MLC.


9/19/2017: Nomination period open for Rear Adm. Richard E. Bennis award for excellence in maritime security

The Coast Guard has set Jan. 31, 2018 as the deadline to submit nominations for the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in Maritime Security. This biennial award serves to highlight and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions of the maritime community with regards to implementation of Maritime Transportation Security Act, or MTSA, requirements and other maritime security best practices in safeguarding our nation’s marine transportation system.


9/11/2017: Temporary closure of Regional Exam Center Charleston, South Carolina

REC Charleston is closed starting Sept. 11, 2017, due to Hurricane Irma.


9/7/2017: Temporary closure of Regional Exam Center Miami

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin announcing that the Regional Exam Center (REC) in Miami will be closed beginning Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, due to Hurricane Irma. Please do not fax or mail applications to this REC until further notice.


9/7/2017: Cancellation of next week’s MERPAC, MEDMAC meetings in Seattle, Washington

The Coast Guard is cancelling the MEDMAC and MERPAC meetings currently scheduled for September 12-15. Both meetings will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Future announcements of new dates will appear in the Federal Register and will be shared via Maritime Commons.


9/6/2017: International Ice Patrol completes 2017 ice season, transfers ice warning products to Canadian Ice Service until 2018

During the 2017 season, 1,004 icebergs drifted into the transatlantic shipping lanes, a significant increase from the average of 485 icebergs, making 2017 the 19th most severe season since 1900 and the fourth consecutive extreme iceberg year.


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