7/13/2017: MSIB 008-17 Application of commercial fishing vessel requirements on Atlantic HMS permitted handgear vessels

MSIB 008-17 (corrected) provides guidance to highly migratory species (HMS) charter fishing vessels, the commercial fishing industry, and the Coast Guard. It represents the Coast Guard’s current interpretation on the applicability of commercial fishing vessel safety requirements and regulations for those vessels fishing for Atlantic HMS. The compliance posture outlined in the bulletin applies if the vessel/owner/operator holds ONLY an Atlantic HMS or Tunas permit.


1/12/2017: Marine Environmental Response Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-17

The Coast Guard published Marine Environmental Response Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-17, which clarifies three items pertaining to Remote Access and Consultation (RAC) drills.


1/6/2017: Marine Safety Information Bulletin – 2014 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 001-17, 2014 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, to describe how U.S. vessels, through existing national laws and regulations, collective bargaining agreements and established industry practices, conform to the above mentioned MLC provisions and how they will be integrated into the existing voluntary inspection program that was established through the related Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 02-13.


12/12/2016: NOSAC recommendations for Safety Management Systems for vessels conducting OCS activities

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 15-16 to owners and operators of vessels engaged in Outer Continental Shelf activities in order to detail a National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) report with recommendations to the Coast Guard for addressing risks associated with Well Intervention activities conducted on the OCS.


12/2/2016: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type-approval certificate to Optimarin AS

Today, the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the first U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Norwegian manufacturer Optimarin AS after a detailed review of the type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060. The Optimarin Ballast System is a filtration/ultraviolet ballast water management system with treatment capacities ranging from 167m3/h to 3000m3/h.


11/28/2016: Response Resource Inventory, Oil Spill Removal Organization guidelines update – MSIB 07-16

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 13-16 to announce an update to the Response Resource Inventory (RRI) and Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) Guidelines.


7/20/2016: Enhanced oversight program and safety guidelines for commercial fishing vessels

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 11-16 to provide clarifying information on suspension of development of an Alternate Safety Compliance Program (ASCP), and instead, the development of an Enhanced Oversight Program (EOP) and Safety Guidelines for Commercial Fishing Vessels.


5/31/2016: MSIB posted – U.S. Declares an equivalency to Regulation VI/2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea

The Coast Guard determined that existing U.S. laws and regulations for providing verified container weights are equivalent to the requirements in SOLAS Regulation VI/2.


4/28/2016: Additional information on Coast Guard determinations about container weight requirements, verified gross mass

Today, the Coast Guard filed an equivalency with the International Maritime Organization, and released a marine safety information bulletin that provides additional information on the Coast Guard’s determinations about container weight requirements found in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, SOLAS.


4/8/2016: MSIB posted – Release of 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Guidelines

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 08-16 to announce the release of the new 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines.


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