11/1/2018: MSIB 009-12 (Rev 1) Employment of non-credentialed personnel onboard certain U.S. documented vessels

This revision follows recent adverse port state control actions against U.S. flagged vessels that revealed several cases of U.S.-documented vessels calling on U.S. ports with non-U.S. credentialed personnel instead of U.S. citizens. The intent of this MSIB is to provide information and guidance to vessel owners and operators regarding the provisions for employment of non-U.S. credentialed personnel on board certain U.S. documented vessels, and, the potential negative implications of non-compliance.


4/13/2018: Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-18, Oily bilge water management

This bulletin summarizes key legal requirements for the proper management and disposal of oily mixtures by oceangoing vessels under 400 gross tons. An “oceangoing ship [or vessel]” means any vessel that operates on international voyages, is certified for coastwise service beyond three miles, or operates beyond three nautical miles at any time. Oceangoing vessels falling into this category include – but are not limited to – tugs, ferries, shuttle vessels, commercial fishing vessels, and tour boats.


1/18/2018: Coast Guard testing new delivery method for marine safety information

As the primary federal agency responsible for providing Maritime Safety Information to mariners, the Coast Guard is testing an information delivery method to bring mariners Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Maritime Safety Information Bulletins and other Marine Safety Information currently available only through VHF-FM marine band radio.


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.


5/5/2017: MSIB 005-17 Ship sanitation control

MSIB 005-17 clarifies the U.S. policy on vessel inspections and issuance of certifications as it pertains to IHR 2005.


12/16/2016: MSIB – Revisions to FAQs for 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 016-16 to announce that frequently asked questions (FAQs) will no longer be distributed via MSIB. This comes as a follow up to MER MSIB 12‐16, which published answers regarding the 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines as they pertain to Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) exercises and Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises (GIUEs).