5/10/2017: 3rd Annual Offshore Training Symposium – meeting recap

This post provides a recap of the 3rd Annual Offshore Training Symposium at Coast Guard Headquarters, during which regulatory agencies and response partners exchanged ideas, learned about each others’ capabilities, and discussed the future of offshore environmental response operations.


5/3/2017: Congressional hearing – Written testimony & video published

The written testimony and video of Rear Adm. Paul Thomas’s Congressional Hearing focusing on the Coast Guard’s Maritime Transportation Regulatory programs was posted today.


5/2/2017: Congressional hearing alert – Maritime transportation regulatory programs

Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. Paul Thomas will testify before a congressional hearing Wednesday, May 3, 2017 on maritime transportation regulatory programs.


3/31/2017: Connecticut Maritime Association’s 2017 Shipping Conference – Remarks from Rear Admiral Paul Thomas

Earlier this month, senior Coast Guard leaders had the opportunity to make remarks on various topics during the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2017 conference and expo. For those of you who were unable to attend, Maritime Commons is providing a condensed version of each set of remarks, in a four-part blog series. First up, are remarks made by Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, during a shared-stage panel on cyber security.


3/7/2017: Interview with Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy

Last month, Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, sat down for an interview with Marine News Magazine to provide his insights on a broad range of Coast Guard safety and regulatory matters. As a courtesy, Maritime Commons […]


3/6/2017: Ballast water management compliance date extension policy update

Today the Coast Guard issued an update to procedures for requesting extensions for compliance with Ballast Water Management regulations found at 33CFR part 151.


1/31/2017: Coast Guard, BSEE partner to leverage collective authorities

The Coast Guard and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) recently signed four updated memoranda of agreements (MOA) leveraging their collective authorities in regulating Outer Continental Shelf activities in the areas of civil penalties, safety and environmental management and safety management systems, incident notification and investigations and oil discharge planning, preparedness and response.


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.


11/9/2016: Coast Guard Authorized Classification Society (ACS) Summit

On Nov. 7, 2016, Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for Prevention Policy, and senior staff met with representatives from each of the Authorized Classification Societies (ACS) to discuss statutory surveys and audits performed on behalf of the U. S. Coast Guard.


10/3/2016: Cyber risk management in the marine transportation system

October is nationally recognized as Cyber Security Awareness Month, and there is no better time to discuss the importance of cybersecurity and the Coast Guard’s role in cyber risk management.


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