Notice of Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory committee meetings

The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet to discuss matters relating to medical certification determinations for issuance of licenses, certificates of registry and merchant mariners’ documents, medical standards and guidelines for the physical qualifications of operators of commercial vessels, medical examiner education and medical research. The meetings will be open to the public. Written comments must be received no later than September 4, 2019.


Notice of Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee meeting

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet at the National Maritime Center to discuss issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. The meetings will be open to the public. Written comments may be submitted before September 11, 2019.


5/23/2019: Maritime Commons has a new home! Update your bookmarks & feeds

Our new home is https://mariners.coastguard.blog/. If you have an email subscription with us, there’s no need for you to do anything. Your subscription was migrated over to the new domain and you’ll continue to receive blog post notifications when there is new content for you to view. We’ll also continue to share content through Twitter and LinkedIn.


5/22/2019: Thank you to all mariners on National Maritime Day

In this post, in honor of National Maritime Day, Rear Adm. Nadeau extends appreciation to all the mariners who are entrusted with the safety of passengers and crew and who keep our economy flowing every day.


5/20/2019: Coast Guard gives three-day LNG training to Panama Canal Authority

Staff with the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) delivered training May 7-10, 2019, on all aspects of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to representatives from the Panama Canal Authority and Panama Maritime Authority, and first responders. LGC NCOE staff covered a wide array of topics pertinent to the transportation of LNG to include the chemical and physical properties of LNG, LNG gas carriers, LNG terminals, and the use of LNG as a marine fuel.


5/15/2019: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the nineteenth U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


5/15/2019: Recap of National Alternative Security Program Sponsoring Organization annual workshop

This post provides a recap of the National Alternative Security Program Sponsoring Organizations workshop in Arlington, Virginia, May 2, 2019. Members met to discuss ongoing and emerging issues related to regulatory requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002.


5/14/2019: Marine Safety Center issues tech note on carriage of offshore workers on OSVs less than 6,000 GT

This Technical Note provides guidance for OCMIs and vessel owners and managing operators on the process for requesting carriage of more than 36 offshore workers on U.S. flagged Offshore Supply Vessels that are less than 6000 GT ITC.


5/13/2019: Fire Protection for Recreational Vessels

The Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the rules for recreational vessels by moving fire extinguishing equipment standards for recreational vessels from the uninspected vessel subchapter, which includes requirements for both recreational and commercial vessels, to the subchapter applicable only to recreational vessels.


5/10/2019: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2019 Annual Review and Revisions to Methodology

The Coast Guard published a final rule that will adjust the pilotage rates to account for a rolling ten-year average for traffic, and result in an increase in pilotage rates due to an adjustment for anticipated inflation, changes in operating expenses, surcharges for applicant pilots, and an addition of two pilots.


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