3/22/2019: Special notice to mariners – upcoming GPS week number rollover

The Coast Guard Navigation Center published a special notice to mariners that use GPS Equipment. The special notice outlines the details of the GPS Week Number Rollover that will occur April 6-7, 2019.


3/21/2019: New global shipping advisory regarding sanctions risks related to North Korea’s shipping practices

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard, issued an advisory to alert persons globally to deceptive shipping practices used by North Korea to evade sanctions. These practices may create significant sanctions risk for parties involved in the shipping industry, including insurers, flag registries, shipping companies, and financial institutions. Parties subject to U.S. and/or United Nations sanctions should be aware of these practices in order to implement appropriate controls to ensure compliance with their legal requirements.


3/19/2019: Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard Address

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz will deliver the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address, at 10 a.m., PST, Thursday, March 21, from Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach. This is Schultz’s first State of the Coast Guard Address since his tenure as commandant began in 2018. Schultz will provide a current overview of the service and outline priorities for the year ahead.


3/19/2019: Safety Alert 02-19 – Not all navigation lights are created equal

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate published Marine Safety Alert 02-19, “Not all navigation lights are created equal,” to assist all mariners in understanding the difference between navigation lights used on power driven vessels and those used on sailing vessels.


3/18/2019: Reminder – Subchapter M certificate of inspection and marine firefighting requirements

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance would like to remind the owners and operators of towing vessels that intend to participate in marine salvage or marine firefighting contingency plans and operations to note this on their Certificate of Inspections and ensure the vessel complies with the appropriate requirements for the waters on which they will operate.


3/18/2019: Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study: Port approaches and international entry and departure transit areas

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is beginning a new study of routes used by ships to access ports on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The Ports and Waterways Safety Act requires the Coast Guard to study potential traffic density and assess the need for safe access routes for vessels. The Coast Guard coordinates with Federal and State agencies, and considers the views of the maritime community, environmental groups, and other interested stakeholders in order to reconcile the need for safe access routes with other reasonable waterway uses in the study area.


3/15/2019: International Oil Spill Conference call for technical papers and posters

The paper and poster presentations form the backbone of the IOSC’s technical program and contribute to the vast canon of oil pollution knowledge shared between the government, industry, and academia. Invited authors present their respective papers or posters during speaker platforms or interactive sessions scheduled during the IOSC. The call for papers and posters closes May 15, 2019. Everyone is invited to submit.


3/14/2019: Safety Alert 01-19 – Don’t get burned! Be ready with a proper firefighting outfit

Safety Alert 01-19 to remind mariners of the importance of maintaining essential firefighting equipment to adequately protect crew members from heat, smoke, and steam in the event of a fire onboard.


3/14/2019: Owners of two vessels criminally charged, convicted for operating illegal passenger charters

This posted highlights two recent back-to-back law enforcement cases in Florida that demonstrate the aggressive posture the Coast Guard is taking to eliminate illegal passenger charter activities. Because Smartphone-based applications have made it easier in recent years for passengers to locate and hire charter vessels, the Coast Guard is more vigilant than ever in detecting illegal charter activities and seek maximum enforcement actions against the vessel owners and operators.


3/13/2019: Update from National Vessel Documentation Center

In this post, the National Vessel Documentation Center discusses impacts of the partial government shutdown on its operations and provides instructions for renewing CODs or requesting other services.


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