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.


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.


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