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.


10/24/2018: Coast Guard to present during ASTM International’s automation and cybersecurity workshop

The workshop provides a forum for the exchange of ideas related to the operation of autonomous vessels in the maritime sector, as well as ship automation and cyber risk management in the maritime domain. The objective is to identify potential opportunities for standards and related products applicable to advancements in automation, autonomous shipping, and maritime-specific cyber risk management issues.


10/23/2018: Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee will meet in Seattle November 15-16 to discuss various issues relating to safety in the commercial fishing industry. All meetings will be open to the public.


10/19/2018: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Governmental Agencies Interaction and Resources

The Coast Guard works with other governmental agencies and private partners to identify best practices and resources for cyber risk management. These key partnerships are important to help ensure efforts to combat cybersecurity issues are most efficiently managed. This article highlights governmental agencies’ cyber interactions and some of the resources they can provide.


10/19/2018: Federal Register Notice: National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting

As a courtesy to our audience, Maritime Commons will provide a daily compilation of nationally-relevant Federal Register Notices. To provide comments for the public record, follow the Federal Register link for each individual notice. Please note, the Coast Guard cannot […]


10/17/2018: U.S. Ballast Water Management Requirements: Operational limitations in type approval testing

This post provides information on a letter recently sent to the Coast Guard accepted independent laboratories providing guidance for evaluating manufacturer-identified operational limitations during type approval testing of ballast water management systems. The letter clarifies the responsibilities of the BWMS manufacturer, the Coast Guard accepted IL, and the Coast Guard, with regard to evaluating and assessing operational limitations of BWMS.


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