5/7/2019: Congressional hearing alert – Maritime infrastructure vulnerabilities in an emerging Arctic

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant Adm. Charles W. Ray will testify at a Congressional hearing focused on the Arctic May 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. Eastern. He will testify before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee about maritime infrastructure vulnerabilities in the Arctic region.


5/6/2019: Mitigation efforts due to lapse in fiscal year 2019 appropriations and partial government shutdown

Due to a continued backlog of credential applications and increased net processing time of both mariner credential applications and medical certificate applications caused by the lapse in appropriations and shutdown of National Maritime Center operations, several updated actions are being taken. These actions involve merchant mariner credentials and certain medical certificates.


5/6/2019: Notice requesting comments on collection of information under review by Office of Management and Budget

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register it is seeking comments on whether an Information Collection Request should be granted based on the collection being necessary for the proper performance of departmental functions. Comments must be received by June 5, 2019.


5/2/2019: Marine Safety Center issues ballast water management system type approval certificate to Wärtsilä Water Systems, Ltd.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center has issued the 18th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Wärtsilä Water Systems, Ltd. The treatment principle of the Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS consists of filtration with UV treatment at uptake and discharge.


4/16/2019: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 17th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060. A complete list of ballast water treatment systems that have been approved or have type approval applications currently under review can be found on the Marine Safety Center webpage.


4/16/2019: Marijuana use remains incompatible with sea service despite changes in state laws

Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Department of Transportation chemical testing continues to identify as dangerous drug users individuals with significant amounts of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, metabolized into their system. Marijuana use remains criminal at the federal level under U.S. Code.


10/19/2018: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Governmental Agencies Interaction and Resources

The Coast Guard works with other governmental agencies and private partners to identify best practices and resources for cyber risk management. These key partnerships are important to help ensure efforts to combat cybersecurity issues are most efficiently managed. This article highlights governmental agencies’ cyber interactions and some of the resources they can provide.


10/19/2018: Federal Register Notice: National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting

As a courtesy to our audience, Maritime Commons will provide a daily compilation of nationally-relevant Federal Register Notices. To provide comments for the public record, follow the Federal Register link for each individual notice. Please note, the Coast Guard cannot […]


8/16/2018: Marine Safety Alert – Potential interference of VHF-FM radio and AIS reception

The Office of Investigation and Analysis released Marine Safety Alert 13-18 to alert mariners about reports regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment). Radio frequency interference caused by these LED lamps was found to create potential safety hazards.


8/14/2018: Notice of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) Schema 3.6 90-day notice

An updated Notice of Arrival and Departure schema, versioned 3.6, will be released November 13, 2018, and will contain various schema improvements, updates to ports list and retirement of the National Vessel Movement Center workbook as a means of submission for Outer Continental Shelf Notices of Arrival.


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