8/1/2017: Coast Guard and National Cargo Bureau sign Memorandum of Agreement

This new agreement signed July 20, 2017, outlines specific operating standards for organizations such as NCB including record keeping, quality management systems, training and qualification of personnel, liability, and governmental oversight of activities.


7/31/2017: Coast Guard and International Cargo Gear Bureau sign Memorandum of Agreement

The Memorandum of Agreement is for inspections and tests performed on U.S. flagged vessels by ICGB on behalf of the Coast Guard.


7/26/2017: Rear Adm. Paul Thomas passes helm to new assistant commandant for prevention policy, Rear Adm. John Nadeau

In his last post as assistant commandant for prevention policy, Rear Adm. Thomas shares a few thoughts with maritime stakeholders before moving on to his new assignment as commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans.


7/25/2017: Recap of remarks by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas at AAPA’s port security seminar

Adm. Thomas recently spoke at the American Association of Port Authorities Port Security Seminar and Expo in Chicago, Illinois. The expo brought members together to take a closer look at securing America‚Äôs ports from the inside out, with a special focus on supply chain security and their related cybersecurity and security related technology. This post provides a condensed version of Thomas’s remarks for our readers who were unable to attend the expo.


7/20/2017: Rear Adm. Thomas signs first QUALSHIP 21 certificates with E-Zero designation

The new E-Zero designation is part of the QUALSHIP 21 program, whereby ships are further recognized for achieving a high level of environmental compliance and sustained performance. Approximately 15 percent of existing QUALSHIP 21 ships will receive the E-Zero designation.


6/30/2017: IMO approves resolution on cyber risk management

The resolution affirms that approved safety management systems should take cyber risk management into account in accordance with the objectives and requirements of the International Safety Management Code.


6/29/2017: Cargo disruption a reminder that cyber risks are real

Rear Adm. Thomas provides his thoughts on the current incident involving APM facilities and the importance of incorporating cyber risk management into all facets of shipboard operations.


6/5/2017: Nor-Shipping 2017 – “Transparency call from U.S. Coast Guard,” Reprint of TradeWinds article

This post provides an article that appeared June 1, 2017, on TradeWindsnews.com, covering comments given by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, during the DNV GL panel at Norshipping 2017. The panel focused on the 2020 global 0.5 percent sulphur emissions cap, fuel availability, and enforcement.


6/2/2017: Nor-Shipping 2017 – Remarks by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, “Maritime Cybersecurity: Risks, Resilience and Strategies for Defense in Depth”

In his remarks, Thomas focuses on cyber risk in the maritime shipping environment and the importance of incorporating cyber risk management into operations and maintenance at the earliest stages of ship design and construction.


6/1/2017: Nor-Shipping 2017 – Remarks by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, “Global Governance and Ocean Space”

Earlier this week, Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, had the opportunity to give remarks during several sessions at the 2017 Nor-Shipping Conference in Oslo, Norway. Each session included many other international participants representing government and private sector interests. In this post, Thomas gives the Coast Guard perspective on global capacity building in the face of the complex and modern marine transportation system.


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