11/2/2018: Notice of public meeting in preparation for IMO’s 121st session of IMO’s Council

This open public meeting will be held at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.


6/25/2018: Nat’l Maritime Center issues instructions regarding STCW Polar Code

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website with amplifying information regarding Policy Letter 02-18, “Guidelines for Qualifications of Personnel for Issuing STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations,” which published in the Federal Register June 22, 2108.


6/22/2018: Notice of Policy Implementing the 2016 Amendments to STCW in Support of the Polar Code

This policy provides guidance for the issuance of Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations. This policy is effective June 22, 2018, but the Coast Guard requests public comments on it.


5/25/2018: IMO approves U.S.-Russian Federation proposal for Bering Strait routing measures

In January, Maritime Commons informed our readers about a proposal by the United States and Russian Federation for a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. The nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the IMO to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas. We are pleased to provide an update, as reported to us by Coast Guard members attending the 99th IMO session in London this week.


5/24/2018: U.S.-based Iridium to expand GMDSS to Polar regions

This international recognition enables Iridium to enter the market for the IMO-required distress communications system alongside the current provider, United Kingdom-based Inmarsat.


5/21/2018: Notice of public workshop on consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI (Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap)

The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a public workshop in Washington, D.C., June 5, 2018, in preparation for the upcoming intersessional working group meeting of the International Maritime Organization on consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex IV (Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap). The purpose of this meeting will be to consider the issues that will be discussed at that intersessional working group meeting.


2/23/2018: Notice of public meeting: IMO Subcommittee on Ships Systems and Equipment

The U.S. State Dept. will conduct a meeting, led by the U.S. Coast Guard, to prepare for the fifth Session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship systems and Equipment, to be held at the IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom, March 12-16, 2018. The meeting is open to the public.


12/20/2017: Dept. of State to host public meeting at Coast Guard Headquarters

The public meeting is scheduled Jan. 10, 2018. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the Fifth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction to be held at the IMO headquarters, London, United Kingdom, Jan. 22-26, 2018.


7/6/2017: New IMO Life Safety Performance Criteria Guidelines

The International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee recently approved the Guidelines for the Selection of Life Safety Performance Criteria for use in Alternative Design and Arrangements for Fire Safety.


12/20/2016: Polar Code – SOLAS applicability

The Polar Code will enter into force on Jan. 1, 2017. The applicability of the Polar Code is more complex than other Codes because it builds upon three conventions – SOLAS, several annexes of MARPOL and STCW. This post aims to clarify the applicability of the Polar Code’s safety provisions.