7/16/2018: Covered areas on open decks – risks and requirements for passenger vessels

The evolution of passenger amenities on cruise ships has far surpassed the original language of the existing regulations. This is particularly evident on open deck areas where the current trend to situate a variety of cooking, dining, and entertainment options has increased the fire risk. When combined with an overhanging deck, awning, or similar covered area, these risks are compounded. This post provides information and guidance to minimize the risk of fires stemming from overhanging decks on board passenger ships.


7/10/2018: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise summer newsletter highlights most common reasons for PSC detentions, deficiencies

The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise in Ft. Lauderdale recently released its semi-annual newsletter and Maritime Commons will be releasing individually several of the articles that we think will be of particular interest to our readers. For more information about the CSNCOE, or to […]


1/30/2018: Cruise Ship NCOE releases updated Field Notice 01-18, “Tender & Excursion Vessels”

Field Notice 01-18 provides amplifying guidance explaining the difference between a tender vessel and an excursion vessel onboard a foreign passenger vessel. This notice is intended for foreign passenger vessels operating in the U.S. using small vessels stored onboard the ship for excursion activities. Editor’s note: This is an update to the Field Notice 01-18 released Jan. 24, 2018.


1/24/2018: Cruise Ship NCOE issues field notice regarding tender and excursion vessels

Editor’s note: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Field Notice 01-18, “Tender & Excursion Vessels” is being updated and is temporarily unavailable. We will repost the Field Notice as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.


1/17/2018: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course

The Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner (FPVE) Course three times each year and is open to select segments of industry and Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and civilian members. The course is designed to provide instruction on the process for conducting foreign passenger vessel exams.


10/19/1207: Fall 2017 edition of the Cruise Ship Nat’l Center of Expertise newsletter now available

This edition of CSNCOE’s newsletter includes information about the MISLE Data Entry Guide, website update, ISPS Exams, E-Zero & QUALSHIP21, Matters of Interpretation, Field Notices and more.


8/9/2017: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Field Notice 01-17: Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Short-term Temporary SOx Exceedances

Field Notice 01-17 provides Coast Guard expectations for dealing with alarms from EGCSs, where such alarms are triggered by short-term temporary emission exceedances due to predictable operations of vessels, such as engine load changes. Field Notice 01-17 is intended for vessels operating in the U.S. portion of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA) and the U.S. Caribbean Sea ECA.


6/6/2017: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise spring newsletter available online

The newsletter serves to provide useful information on national and international policies as well as highlight success stories, best practices and achievements in the field.


10/27/2016: New edition of Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise newsletter posted!

The Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) published its fall edition. The newsletter serves to provide useful information on the national and international policies as well as highlight success stories, best practices and achievements in the field.