12/4/2018: Long Range Identification and Tracking: Have you reported in the last six hours?

Long Range Identification and Tracking plays an important role in Maritime Domain Awareness. Countries that fall under the purview of the SOLAS convention can share the necessary marine security information along with all other required information about the ships that sail through the countries’ coastal boundaries. In this post, the Navigation Center provides information about reporting requirements.


11/28/2018: Marine Safety Center review of rigid hull inflatable vessels

The MTN provides an alternative design standard equivalent to certain regulatory requirements found in 46 CFR Subchapters T and S for rigid hull inflatable and rigid hull foam collar small passenger vessels.


11/28/2018: Congressional hearing alert – Polar Security Cutter acquisition

The Coast Guard Chief Acquisition Officer, Rear Adm. Michael Haycock, will testify Nov. 29, 2018, before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to discuss Polar Security Cutter Acquisition.


11/26/2018: NOAD Schema 3.6 and Nat’l Vessel Movement Center Workbook 7.6 released

The National Vessel Movement Center recently announced release of updated Notices of Arrival and Departure schema version 3.6, as part of efforts to enhance maritime domain awareness and improve handling of essential data contained within NOAD.


11/20/2018: Towing Safety Advisory Committee teleconference scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference Dec. 5, 2018, to discuss the three current tasks assigned to the committee. This teleconference will be open to the public.


11/16/2018: Recap of recent National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting

Committee members discussed topics such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cyber security, the port security grant program, and CBP’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, a voluntary program through which CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve U.S. border security.


11/15/2018: Evaluation and activation of salvage marine firefighting resources

In most Captain of the Port zones, primary SMFF providers rely heavily on subcontracted resources to meet the SMFF requirements. The availability, capability and intent of all required resources to respond is critical in determining compliance with federal SMFF regulations. Because of this, it is crucial for the plan holder to understand the relationship between the primary SMFF provider and the provider’s subcontracted resources. By doing this, plan holders will be able to identify discrepancies or gaps and make the necessary corrections to maintain compliance with SMFF planning requirements. In this post, the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy offers information to assist Vessel Owner/Operators in understanding the SMFF requirements to ensure compliance with regulation, and when VRP activation is required.


11/14/2018: Merchant mariner credentials and TWIC enrollment

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website Nov. 13, 2018, to inform mariners applying for a Merchant Mariner Credential that they must list their occupation as Merchant Mariner on their TWIC applications. The Coast Guard relies on data provided by the Transportation Security Administration when evaluating MMC applications.


11/13/2018: Marine Safety Center issues 13th Ballast Water Management System Type Approval certificate

The Marine Safety Center issued the 13th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to JFE Engineering Corporation after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


11/13/2018: Coast Guard seeking public comments on draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment regarding the draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual. The guidance in this Manual should assist medical practitioners, the maritime industry, individual mariners, and Coast Guard personnel in evaluating a mariner applicant’s physical and medical status to meet the requirements of the merchant mariner medical certificate.


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