2/4/2019: Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee and its subcommittees will meet in Miami, Florida February 20-21, to review and discuss recommendations from its subcommittees and to receive briefs on items listed in the agenda.


2/4/2019: Transportation of hazardous material by ferries

Hazardous Materials Regulations govern ferry vessels that transport hazardous materials. The most important question ferry owners/operators should ask is, who is a HAZMAT employee, and thus requires HAZMAT training? The Coast Guard recently consulted with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to ensure alignment regarding training for mariners working on ferry vessels that transport HAZMAT.


2/1/2019: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Envirocleanse, LLC

The Marine Safety Center issued the 16th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Envirocleanse, LLC, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


2/1/2019: Vessel Incident Discharge Act

In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, provides an update on VIDA as the Coast Guard and EPA work to implement new requirements.


1/30/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center, Regional Exam Centers re-open following partial shutdown

In this post, the National Maritime Center provides updated information on mariner credentialing following the end of the partial shutdown.


1/24/2019: National Maritime Center issues new bulletin regarding lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials

In this post, the National Maritime Center provides updated information for credentialed mariners who may be affected due to the lapse in appropriations and partial government shutdown.


1/24/2019: Commercial vessel safety during lapse in appropriations

With passage of a continuing resolution, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-19 is cancelled effective Feb. 1, 2019.


1/15/2019: Notice of Postponement: Public Meeting for IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

Due to the government shut down, the public meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 to discuss U.S. positions on agenda items at the upcoming sixth session of the International Maritime Organization’s Ship Design and Construction Sub-Committee has been postponed.


1/9/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center issues updated bulletin regarding lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials

In its updated bulletin, National Maritime Center adds Merchant Mariner Medical Certificates expiring in December 2018 or January 2019 to the list of mariner documents that will be extended through March 31, 2019, due to the lapse in appropriations.


1/7/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center – Mitigation efforts due to lapse in appropriations

In this post, the National Maritime Center provides information for credentialed mariners who may be affected due to the lapse in appropriations and partial government shutdown.


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