7/14/2017: Update to Policy Letter 01-12, design criteria for natural gas fuel systems

This policy letter update uses the IGF Code as a baseline standard for vessels using LNG fuel as an alternative to those fuel systems covered by current domestic regulations.


6/8/2017: Policy letter for evaluating Simultaneous Operations during LNG fuel transfer operations

The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES) has issued a policy letter providing guidance for evaluating Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) during Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Fuel Transfer Operations at waterfront facilities subject to 33 CFR Part 127. The policy letter provides guidance to Coast Guard Captains of the Port (COTPs) considering safety issues associated with SIMOPS while conducting LNG fuel transfer operations.


7/26/2016: Policy letter – Conditional occupancy of unmanned barges forming part of an articulated tug barge combination

The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance released policy letter 16-04 in order to provide guidance to Coast Guard OCMI’s and the marine industry on the circumstances under which personnel may conditionally occupy an unmanned barge that forms part of an articulated tug barge combination.


6/10/2016: Vapor control system policy letter announcement

The Coast Guard posted clarification and guidance for the implementation of marine vapor control systems.


5/12/2016: Coast Guard releases policy letter on portable accommodation modules

The Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards announces the availability of Policy Letter 01-16, Portable Accommodation Module (PAM) Guidance.


2/10/2016: Sea strainers constructed of nonmetallic materials for use on small passenger vessels

The Coast Guard published policy letter to provide guidance on the use of nonmetallic sea strainers on small passenger vessels.


12/28/2015: Out of water survival craft – Frequently asked questions

The Coast Guard is posting a new FAQ to address recently published policy letter regarding out of water survival craft.


12/21/2015: Requirements for out of water survival craft and replacement of life floats and rigid buoyant apparatus

The Coast Guard published guidance on replacing existing life floats and rigid buoyant apparatus with approved survival craft that insures no part of an individual is immersed in water as required by certain vessels February 26, 2016.


12/21/2015: Guidance on port state control examinations for foreign flagged yachts

The Coast Guard set forth procedures for the examination of foreign flagged yachts that are passenger vessels and for other such vessels measuring 300 or more gross tons as measured under the ITC operating in U.S. navigable waters.


2/25/2015: Policy letters – Guidance for the use of Liquefied Natural Gas as a marine fuel

The Coast Guard announced the finalization and signing of two policy letters concerning the use of LNG as a marine fuel.


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