8/1/2018: Marine Safety Information Bulletin 06-18, Amphibious Passenger Vessel Operations

A Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation has been convened and will conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation to determine casual factors that contributed to the loss of the Stretch Duck 07. However, the Coast Guard and amphibious passenger vessel industry do not have to delay until the MBI has completed their investigation before taking a proactive approach toward the safety of the vessels and their passengers.


8/1/2018: Commandant convenes marine board of investigation into loss of Stretch Duck 07

The marine board consists of five members who will investigate all aspects of the casualty including, but not limited to, the pre-accident historical events relating to the accident, the regulatory compliance of Stretch Duck 07, crewmember duties and qualifications, weather conditions and reporting, and Coast Guard oversight.


7/31/2018: Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee upcoming meeting and vacancy announcements

The Coast Guard published two notices in the Federal Register regarding the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee announcing the date of the next committee convening, and extending indefinitely the application period for a committee position that will come vacant Sept. 30, 2018.


7/27/2018: Area Maritime Security Committees 2017 Annual Report – Challenges, suggestions, accomplishments, and best practices

The annual report consolidates information provided by each of the 43 AMSCs established around the nation to the Office of Port and Facility Compliance and discusses common issues related to challenges, suggestions, accomplishments, and best practices. Additionally, the report assists the Coast Guard devise national strategies to address common problems, emerging threats, validate port specific data, track AMSC activities nationwide, and measure AMSCs alignment with national preparedness goals.


7/26/2018: First edition of NOAA’s ‘U.S. Coast Pilot’ containing Navigation Rules and 72 COLREGS now available

The first edition of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. Coast Pilot that includes both the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and the Navigation Rules is now available. This newest edition covers the Atlantic Coast from Eastport, Maine to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


7/26/2018: Charleston, S.C., Area Maritime Security Committee presented with award for achievements

Last month the Charleston, S.C., Area Maritime Security Committee was named the 2017 AMSC of the Year, and Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, presented Committee representatives with the award during a ceremony July 9, 2018. Area Maritime Security Committees provide the framework for communication and collaboration necessary to ensure our nation’s ports remain secure and resilient. The exceptional and diverse accomplishments and unity of efforts across the Charleston AMSC area of responsibility is a model for excellence in public service and governance. In this post, we are sharing additional details about the Committee’s efforts that contributed to the security of the Nation’s critical Marine Transportation System.


7/25/2018: Marine Safety Center receives 16th application for ballast water management system type approval

The Marine Safety Center received its 16th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the inTank™ Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Envirocleanse, LLC.


7/25/2018: Registration open for Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee’s annual exercise

The Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee is holding its annual table top security exercise in Galveston, Texas, and is inviting all maritime stakeholders and government agencies operating in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf to participate. The exercise will focus on unique physical security threat identification, assessment, and communications procedures for stakeholders and agencies in the Gulf of Mexico OCS. Attendee registration closes Aug. 1, 2018.


7/25/2018: Hazards of parasail and watersport passenger transfers

The Office of Investigations and Analysis issued a Marine Safety Alert to educate professional mariners and the boating public about two recent incidents that led to serious injuries to passengers on uninspected parasail vessels during underway transfer from the vessel to an inflatable raft, (i.e., “banana boat”) that was being towed alongside the vessel by personal water craft (“Jet Ski”).


7/23/2018: Congressional hearing alert – “Update on Coast Guard acquisition programs and mission balance and effectiveness”

Vice admirals Daniel Abel and Michael McAllister will testify July 24, 2018, before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee (CG&MT).


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