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

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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.


5/10/2019: Subchapter M requirement for Health and Safety Plan

TVNCOE issued a reminder that on or before July 22, 2019, owners and managing operators of Subchapter M towing vessels must implement a Health and Safety Plan (HSP) and the associated record-keeping procedures regardless of whether or not the vessel has been issued a Certificate of Inspection.


5/9/2019: Summary of latest Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting

The committee deliberated on current tasks, discussed new business, and received public comments. Attendees represented the Coast Guard, the towing and barge industry, engineers, pilots/masters, port authorities, terminal operators, offshore operators, and the public.


5/1/2019: Inmarsat C users – FCC announces it will withdraw as an accounting authority in 2020

The FCC announced that it will stop performing the functions of an accounting authority for international maritime mobile communications on April 22, 2020. Users who have relied on the FCC as an accounting authority need to affirmatively select a different accounting authority prior to that date.


4/26/2019: Coast Guard, EPA to hold in-person listening session on Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

The two-day listening session will be held May 29-30, 2019, at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. During the session, the EPA and the USCG will provide a general overview of VIDA, a summary of regulatory considerations for specific incidental discharges, including an opportunity for public input, and an opportunity for a broader discussion on the regulatory framework to be developed under VIDA.


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