8/9/2018: Recap of Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators steering committee meeting

The Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators Safety Partnership held its National Quality Steering Committee meeting July 31, 2018, with an agenda focusing on the concerns of the partnership and industry. This meeting marked the first NQSC meeting since Subchapter M towing vessel regulations went into effect July 20, 2018.


8/3/2018: Coast Guard, FEMA sign new Port Security Grant Program Memorandum of Understanding

The Port Security Grant Program was authorized in 2002 to assist port areas with meeting the requirements of the Marine Transportation Security Act and to enhance preparedness to detect, deter and respond to terrorist attacks.


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.


7/26/2018: 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.


6/25/2018: Winners of Rear Adm. Bennis recognized for excellence in maritime security

In March, we announced the winners of the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in maritime security. Since April, leaders from around the Coast Guard have presented awards to the five winners. Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, made the final presentation this week, and Maritime Commons is sharing additional details about the achievements that earned the five winners this prestigious award.


6/21/2018: Posidonia 2018 – The role of safety management systems in the next chapter of shipping

In the fourth and final post in our series covering Coast Guard participation in Posidonia earlier this month, we share a condensed version of remarks by Rear Adm. John to a group of young maritime professionals and junior seafarers on the next chapter of shipping and the impacts of digitalization and the role of Safety Management Systems.


6/20/2018: Coast Guard-Passenger Vessel Association Quality Partnership Meeting recap

The Coast Guard and the Passenger Vessel Association held their bi-annual Quality Partnership Meeting last month to discuss safety issues and other topics affecting the professional passenger vessel industry. The Coast Guard/PVA partnership was established in 1996 as a non-regulatory mechanism for cooperative, informal, consistent and structured activities to address issues of passenger, personnel, and property safety, and environmental protection within the domestic passenger industry. This post offers an overview of the discussions as well as updates on the partnership’s on going work.


6/20/2018: Posidonia 2018 – Ballast water management regulations, global trends in the 21st Century

In part three of our Posidonia series, we share a condensed version of Rear Adm. John Nadeau’s remarks given during a conference jointly sponsored by the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, and the International Propeller Club in Port of Piraeus. Nadeau talks further about ballast water management regulations, and then closes with a discussion on global trends and the impacts to the Marine Transportation System.


6/19/2018: Posidonia 2018 – Role of the Regulator

In part two of our series covering Coast Guard participation in Posidonia this month, Rear Adm. John Nadeau continues his discussion at the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association’s conference on air emissions, shifting to the role of the regulator in the fast-past and ever-changing global maritime shipping industry, all in the context of ballast water management regulations.


6/18/2018: Posidonia 2018 – Coast Guard perspective on IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, represented the U.S. Coast Guard at the Posidonia international shipping conference in Athens, Greece earlier this month and participated in several panel discussions on topics relevant to the international maritime community. This post kicks off a four-part series highlighting Nadeau’s presentations, for the benefit of our readers who were unable to attend the conference. In our first post, Nadeau gives his perspective on enforcement of the upcoming IMO 2020 global sulphur cap.


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