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.


3/29/2018: Pacific seacoast Waterways Analysis and Management System study closes March 31

The survey is open to all categories of mariners to include commercial, passenger, recreational and sail and power boaters.
Survey topics include international requirements, environmental concerns, user capabilities, available technology and available resources. Those interested may take the survey through March 31, 2018.


3/29/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – The critical role of integrating new technology within the regulatory approval process

Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2018 may be over, but Maritime Commons continues to bring you coverage of Coast Guard presentations from the conference. In this post, the chief of the Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing discusses autonomous vessel technology and the regulatory approval process.


3/23/2018: Remaining DGPS sites to be discontinued over the next 3 years

The staged reduction of the remaining Coast Guard DGPS broadcast sites will begin in 2018 and end with the last broadcast of GPS corrections over medium frequency in 2020.


3/23/2018: Reminder – NOAD Schema 3.4 to be retired

The current NOAD Schema 3.5 has been in effect since May 26, 2015. NOAD Schema 3.4 is missing required information fields and will no longer be supported. Any submitted NOAD form utilizing Schema 3.4 after the retirement date (to be determined) will be rejected.


3/16/2018: Coast Guard seeks mariner input for Western Rivers study

The Office of Navigation Systems is seeking input from interested mariners and maritime stakeholders for a study of navigation requirements for the entire Western Rivers System. This post provides details on the study and a link to an online survey. The survey is available until July 1, 2018.


3/13/2018: CMA Shipping 2018 – Summary of keynote address by Deputy Commandant for Operations, Vice Adm. Charles Ray

Ray’s remarks focused on securing the alignment of safe and efficient commerce. He pointed out that 90 percent of the world trade is carried by shipping and the U.S. alone accounts for 26 percent of the world’s consumer market. The United States is the fifth largest ship-owning country by tonnage and accounts for 986,816 metric tons of goods and services, which equates to 1.47 trillion U.S. dollars.


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.


3/7/2018: Invitation to participate in Area Contingency Planning survey

The Coast Guard, along with its National Response Team partners, is requesting anyone with preparedness and response experience to complete a national online survey. The survey will be open from March 1st – April 30th, 2018. The time needed to complete the survey should range from 10‐25 minutes.


3/6/2018: Navigation Rules to be included in U.S. Coast Pilot publication

The Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey announced that they will incorporate the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and the Inland Navigation Rules into NOAA’s U.S. Coast Pilot publications.


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