10/30/2018: Marine Safety Center receives 20th application for BWMS type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 20th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Wärtsilä Water Systems Ltd.


10/30/2018: Rear Adm. John Nadeau remarks on the safety, security of the Marine Transportation System

Earlier this month, Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, addressed American Waterways Operators members during AWO’s Fall Convention in Houston. Nadeau discussed the importance of the Marine Transportation System to the U.S. economy and national security and Coast Guard and maritime stakeholder contributions to a safe and secure MTS. Maritime Commons is posting an abbreviated version of his remarks for the benefit of our readers unable to attend. The remarks are not ‘as delivered.’


10/29/2018: New work instruction on enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI Regulation, engine operation in Emission Control Areas

Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection, affected companies, and Recognized Organizations that issue International Air Pollution Prevention certificates on behalf of the United States are encouraged to apply this Work Instruction as it relates to the installation and certification of “qualifying engines” that are required to meet IMO Tier III performance standards.


10/29/2018: Fatigue risk management – A planning guide for the towing industry

Maritime Commons is sharing American Waterways Operators’ new safety plan, “Developing a Fatigue Risk Management Plan: A Guide for Towing Vessel Operators,” which is designed to help the towing industry manage and mitigate risk factors associated with fatigue in the unique operational environment in which they work.


10/26/2018: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

The Marine Safety Center issued the 11th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


10/26/2018: Marine Safety Center receives 19th application for BWMS type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 19th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the UV Compact Clean Ballast Water Management System manufactured by DESMI Ocean Guard A/S.


10/26/2018: Summary of recent Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee meeting

The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee held a meeting Sept. 10, 2018 at Saint Lawrence Seaway Pilots’ Association in Cape Vincent, New York, to discuss Committee matters relating to Great Lakes pilotage, including review of proposed Great Lakes pilotage regulations and policies. This post provides a summary of the discussions as well as links to the meeting transcript and other related documents.


10/26/2018: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Area Maritime Security Committees

We continue our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month series with a post from the Domestic Ports Division of the Office of Port and Facility Compliance that discusses the important contributions the 43 Area Maritime Security Committees make at local levels to address cyber threats and vulnerabilities. In this post, we focus on the teamwork and cooperation of the AMSCs in Northern New England, the Sault Region, Hawaii and American Samoa, and Charleston, S.C.


10/25/2018: Harmonization of fire protection equipment standards for towing vessels

The Coast Guard is finalizing the interim final rule “Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment” effective Nov. 26, 2018, to align fire protection and equipment regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.


10/24/2018: Modifications to GPS space and ground control segment

Commercial and civil users who experience impacts are encouraged to contact the Navigation Center through its website or by phone at (703) 313-5900.


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