10/10/2018: Coast Guard releases Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 02-95, Change 3 – The Alternate Compliance Program

NVIC 02-95, Change 3, incorporates various policies and related provisions consistent with the Commandant’s Final Action Memo on the sinking of the S.S. El Faro.


9/6/2018: Change 1 to NVIC 01-09, Voluntary Compliance with International Sewage Regulations

The purpose of NVIC 01-09, Change 1 is to provide additional guidance for vessel owners or operators as well as manufacturers of any shipboard sewage processing equipment, including facilities that test shipboard sewage and related processing equipment, to voluntarily request U.S. Coast Guard certification of compliance with international sewage regulations in Annex IV to MARPOL 73/78.


8/10/2018: Guidance on qualification and renewal of STCW endorsements for Officer in Charge of a Nav Watch and Master

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing released two Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars Aug. 6, 2018 related to watch keeping aboard vessels less than 500 gross tons.


11/27/2017: National Maritime Security Advisory Committee teleconference

The Committee will meet Thursday, December 14, 2017 to review and discuss the results of the “Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 05-17; Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act Regulated Facilities” task.


11/20/2017: Update on draft NVIC 05-17 – Guidelines for addressing cyber risks at MTSA facilities

Over the coming months, the Coast Guard will evaluate the more than 250 comments received and identify sections of NVIC 05-17 that would benefit from a more detailed explanation to improve clarity. Once the comments have been evaluated and NVIC 05-17 appropriately revised, the final document will be posted to the Federal Register.


9/8/2017: Cyber risk NVIC comment period extended 30 days to October 11

The Coast Guard received requests to extend the comment period by 30 days due to the conditions caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which have prevented some members of the public from submitting comments by the original deadline.


4/28/2017: Change 3 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 8-01, Approval of Navigation Equipment

The Coast Guard recently published change 3 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 8-01, Approval of Navigation Equipment. The Circular provides voluntary guidance for approval of navigation equipment, as required under Regulation V/18, of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended in 2000 (SOLAS).


4/24/2017: Guidance for credentialing officers of towing vessels

Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16 provides Coast Guard guidelines for credentialing officers of towing vessels. Mariners commencing training and assessment toward an officer of towing vessels endorsement should use the TOARs contained in NVIC 03-16. Mariners should plan accordingly to ensure that previous versions of TOARs are completed and application for endorsement is made prior to March 24, 2019.


7/7/2016: Policy for credentialing officers of towing vessels

The Coast Guard announced the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16, Guidelines for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels.


4/21/2016: NVIC 02-16 guidance now available online

NVIC 02-16, that was announced on April 19, 2016, is now available for viewing online.


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