4/9/2018: Inmarsat network migration impact on maritime distress and safety services

Editor’s note: This post was updated April 10, 2018 to reflect that Inmarsat will begin the migration 1400 UTC May 9, 2018 instead of April 16, 2018, as originally announced. For the latest information, visit the Inmarsat website provided in our blog post. Inmarsat announced that it will migrate Inmarsat-C, Mini C, and Fleet77 used for Global Maritime Distress & Safety System, Long Range Identification and Tracking and Ship Security Alerting Systems from their I-3 to their I-4 Network.


3/29/2018: Reminder – application period for Towing Safety Advisory Committee membership open until April 10

The Coast Guard will consider applications for five positions that will be vacant Sept. 30, 2018: Two positions representing the barge and towing industry, reflecting a regional geographical balance; one position representing the offshore mineral and oil supply vessel industry; one position representing shippers; and one position drawn from the general public to serve as a Special Government Employee. To be eligible, applicants should have particular expertise, knowledge, and experience regarding shallow-draft inland, coastal waterway, and offshore, navigation and towing safety.


3/5/2018: Video and transcript of 2018 State of the Coast Guard Address available on line

Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, delivered the State of the Coast Guard Address March 1 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This was Zukunft’s final State of the Coast Guard Address, as he will retire June 1, following the Commandant’s Change of Command.


2/28/2018: Op/Ed piece by Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy

Rear Adm. John Nadeau was invited to submit an opinion/educational article for the February 2018 edition of Marine News Magazine. In the article, Nadeau provides his views on the Coast Guard’s responsibility to safeguard the Marine Transportation System and enable the uninterrupted flow of maritime commerce.


2/28/2018: Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard Address

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft will deliver the 2018 State of the Coast Guard Address, March 1, 2018, at the National Press Club, beginning at 2 p.m. The address will be available via livestream.


1/24/2018: Latest issue of Proceedings Magazine now available online

The Coast Guard released the May-December 2017 edition of Proceedings Magazine, “Game Changers: Turning the Tide on Maritime Challenges.”


1/23/2018: Notice of Arrival and Departure Schema 3.4 to be discontinued

NOAD Schema 3.4 is missing required information fields and will no longer be supported. Any submitted NOAD form utilizing Schema 3.4 after the retirement date will be rejected.


1/22/2018: Coast Guard remarks on autonomous vessels at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting –

Capt. Benjamin Hawkins, chief of the Office of Design and Engineering Standards, participated in the panel session “Autonomous Vessel Operations and Potential Implications for Safety” during the 97th Annual Transportation Safety Board meeting in Washington, DC, Jan. 7-11, 2018. This post offers a condensed version of his remarks, which focused on the regulatory perspective regarding autonomous vessels, for our readers who were unable to attend.


1/19/2018: Summary of Congressional testimony on the state of U.S. flag maritime industry

Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. John Nadeau testified Jan. 17, 2018, before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, during a hearing on the state of the U.S. flag maritime industry. Testifying alongside Nadeau was Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark “Buz” Busby, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Nadeau’s verbal remarks focused on the Coast Guard’s responsibility to protect the 25,000 mile marine transportation system that supports 250,000 American jobs and $4.5 trillion of economic activity every year.


1/11/2018: Admiral Benkert award submission deadline extended

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance announced that the application deadline for the 2018 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award is extended to January 26, 2018.


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