7/6/2017: New IMO Life Safety Performance Criteria Guidelines

The International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee recently approved the Guidelines for the Selection of Life Safety Performance Criteria for use in Alternative Design and Arrangements for Fire Safety.


12/20/2016: Polar Code – SOLAS applicability

The Polar Code will enter into force on Jan. 1, 2017. The applicability of the Polar Code is more complex than other Codes because it builds upon three conventions – SOLAS, several annexes of MARPOL and STCW. This post aims to clarify the applicability of the Polar Code’s safety provisions.


7/22/2016: Final Rule – Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection and Extinguishing Equipment.

The Coast Guard published a final rule on the Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection and Extinguishing Equipment. This rule is the fifth installment of the Coast Guard’s effort to update its regulations to reflect advances in technology and to harmonize its regulations with national and international consensus standards. These changes should afford greater safety while giving the marine industry clearer direction, more flexibility, and more cost-effective fire protection.


3/2/2016: SOLAS amendments to container weight requirements – New FAQs published

As follow-on from the 16th Annual TPM Conference, Rear Adm. Thomas is using Maritime Commons to provide an FAQ and clarification on SOLAS Chapter VI, Part A, Regulation 2 – Cargo Information.


9/1/2015: 2014 Port State Control Annual Report posted

The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance Foreign and Offshore Compliance Division released the 2014 annual Port State Control report.


Regional port state control regimes announce 2015 joint concentrated inspection campaign – MSIB published

The Maritime Authorities of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on port state control, or PSC, will launch a joint concentrated inspection campaign on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry; other PSC regimes may participate as well. The campaign’s aim is to verify that effective procedures and measures are in place to safeguard the seafarers who are serving on board ships.


7/10/2015: Coast Guard encourages vessels to enroll in the Alternate Compliance Program

The Coast Guard encourages vessel owners to take advantage of the voluntary alternate inspection process to obtain a certificate of inspection to help streamline vessel inspections and reduce downtime.


2/4/2015: MARPOL Annex I amendments

The Coast Guard published a final rule updating regulations to harmonize U.S. regulations with international conventions regarding oil pollution.


1/26/2015: U.S. Achieves highest coverage standard with Rescue 21 system

The Coast Guard’s Acquisition Directorate published updates regarding Rescue 21 and Sea Area A1.


12/8/2014: IMO adopts Polar Code safety requirements

The International Maritime Organization finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.


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