6/25/2018: Recent law enforcement case highlights dangers of illegal passenger vessel charter operations

In November, we published a blog post on illegal passenger vessel operations and the risk they pose to public safety, credentialed mariners, and legitimate operators. In this post, we highlight a recent case in Miami as an example of the dangers associated with illegal charter operations and the importance of a coordinated effort between federal and local law enforcement authorities and the passenger vessel industry to combat the problem.


6/21/2018: Changes to Inland Navigation Rules

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website to ensure that mariners and training providers are aware of changes to the Code of Federal Regulations, 33 CFR Subchapter E – Inland Navigation Rules. This change, advertised in the Federal Register Jan. 24, 2018, removed the word “danger” from rule 34. This post provides details about the change.


6/15/2018: 2017 Area Maritime Security Committee of the Year announced

The Coast Guard congratulates the Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee as the recipient of the 2017 AMSC of the Year award. The award is based on outstanding achievements and contributions in safeguarding the Marine Transportation System, including port areas, adjacent waterways, coastal and/or shore areas, waterfront facilities, and other maritime critical infrastructure and key assets.


6/14/2018: Maritime Commons launches official LinkedIn page

We have launched an official Showcase Page on the Coast Guard’s enterprise LinkedIn account as another opportunity for us to communicate with you, the maritime professional, on the latest Coast Guard issues and topics that affect you.


6/13/2018: Updated Notice of Arrival/Departure workbooks released

Notices of Arrival/Departure Workbook Version 7.5.1 and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Notice of Arrival Workbook 1.5.1 are now available on NVMC’s. These updated versions provide corrections for the display of ports when the country of Georgia is selected. The official XLS workbooks are provided as a non XML venue for submissions of Notices of Arrival/Departure to the National Vessel Movement Center.


6/6/2018: Congressional hearing alert – “Maritime Transportation in the Arctic: The U.S. Role”

Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Charles Ray will testify June 7, 2018, before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.


5/25/2018: IMO approves U.S.-Russian Federation proposal for Bering Strait routing measures

In January, Maritime Commons informed our readers about a proposal by the United States and Russian Federation for a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. The nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the IMO to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas. We are pleased to provide an update, as reported to us by Coast Guard members attending the 99th IMO session in London this week.


5/24/2018: U.S.-based Iridium to expand GMDSS to Polar regions

This international recognition enables Iridium to enter the market for the IMO-required distress communications system alongside the current provider, United Kingdom-based Inmarsat.


5/21/2018: U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-008 – Global Measles Outbreak

As a courtesy to our readers, Maritime Commons is sharing the content of U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-008 to alert mariners that the Center for Disease Control issued a Travel Health Alert Notice regarding Measles Outbreaks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.


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.


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