6/6/2018: Congressional hearing alert – “Maritime Transportation in the Arctic: The U.S. Role”

Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Charles Ray will testify June 7, 2018, before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.


3/1/2018: Remarks by Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards Jeffrey Lantz, during Polar Code harmonization conference

Mr. Jeff Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards, spoke Feb. 22, 2018 at the International Conference on Polar Code Harmonization, in Helsinki, Finland. This post offers a condensed version of Lantz’s remarks, which focus on the U.S. Coast Guard’s view on harmonization, implementation, continued development and lessons learned.


1/25/2018: U.S., Russia jointly propose Bering Strait routing measures

In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed voluntary two-way routing measures in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. Located in U.S. and Russian Federation territorial waters off the coasts of Alaska and the Chukotskiy Peninsula, the routes are being recommended to help ships avoid the numerous shoals, reefs and islands outside the routes and to reduce the potential for marine casualties and environmental disasters.


12/15/2017: Coast Guard remarks at the 12th Annual Patuxent Defense Forum, “Maritime Challenges Across the Arctic”

The one-day event brought together Arctic stakeholders from across government, academia, and industry to discuss a broad array of topics: U.S. Arctic defense strategy, international frameworks for cooperation, climate change, responsible resource extraction, energy development, tourism, territorial claims and defense issues.


12/1/2017: Summary of keynote address at 11th Annual Arctic Shipping Summit

Keynote speaker Mr. Mike Emerson, director of Marine Transportation Systems for the Coast Guard, discussed some of the issues associated with Arctic operations, such as limited infrastructure and the harsh environment, and how regulations and technical advancements will impact commercial waterways management.


8/14/2017: Recap of Coast Guard remarks at the 7th Symposium on Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic

Last month, Coast Guard members had the opportunity to present during the 7th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic at the Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C. The event, held biennially since 2007, brings together some of the world’s leading experts to discuss the ongoing and expected impacts on naval and maritime operations due to rapid change in the Arctic sea ice cover. Maritime Commons attended the symposium to bring you, our readers, the latest on Arctic-related topics affecting maritime industry.


9/29/2016: Recap of listening session – Heavy fuel oil in the Arctic

Recap from the recent listening session regarding heavy fuel oil (HFO) use by ships in the Arctic.


9/15/2016: Public listening session – Heavy fuel oil in the Arctic

The Coast Guard announced an upcoming public listening session on the topic of heavy fuel oil use by ships in the Arctic. The purpose of this public listening session is for the Coast Guard to gather information on issues relating to the use of heavy fuel oil by ships in the Arctic.


7/11/2016: Congressional hearing alert – Coast Guard Arctic operations, capabilities

On July 12, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Charles Michel will testify before a congressional hearing focused on Coast Guard Arctic operations and capabilities.


4/14/2016: New International Ice Patrol Products available on Coast Guard website

Machine-readable format shapefiles now available on the NAVCEN’s website which allows anyone with Google Earth or ARCGIS to easily plot the International Ice Patrol’s ice flow products on a daily basis


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