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.


3/6/2019: Acceptance of 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code, as amended

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Change 1 to CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-12, to accept the amendments from the 2009 MODU Code, which include updated design and equipment requirements that stem from the findings of the Deepwater Horizon casualty investigation.


3/5/2019: Congressional hearing alert – “U.S. Maritime and Shipbuilding Industries: Strategies to Improve Regulation, Economic Opportunities, and Competitiveness”

Rear Admiral John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, will testify before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, March 6, 2019, on strategies to improve regulation, economic opportunities, and competitiveness in the U.S. maritime industry.


3/4/2019: Recap of the Sixth session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction held its sixth session at IMO headquarters in London, United Kingdom, February 4-8, 2019. Representatives from the US Coast Guard’s Office of Design & Engineering Standards led the US delegation, comprised of members from the Coast Guard, US Navy, US Department of State, and technical advisors from the private sector. This post provides a summary of the discussions and Sub-committee’s decisions.


2/28/2019: A century and a half of marine safety and prevention – The Congressional Act of Feb. 28, 1871

In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few thoughts on The Congressional Act of 1871, which provided the nation with the basis of a functioning marine safety code. The Act of 1871 was an important change that combined all the practical features of previous legislation with a number of new requirements to form a coherent and unified body of law for the regulation of steamboats and to prevent marine casualties and loss of life.


2/15/2019: Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee subcommittee will meet on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The full Committee will meet on Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Houston.


2/14/2019: Two new marine safety information bulletins for OCS vessels now available

The MSIBs cover marine casualty reporting requirements for certain OCS vessels and reiterates requirements for installed data plates on lifesaving appliances.


2/6/2019: Notice of public meeting – IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

The Department of State will conduct a meeting, open to the public, led by the Coast Guard. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the sixth Session of the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment, to be held at the IMO headquarters in London, United Kingdom, March 4-8, 2019.


2/5/2019: Commandant discusses Arctic, Subchapter M, and more in INSIGHTS interview

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz recently did an interview with Marine Link Magazine staff for its Jan. 30, 2019, edition of INSIGHTS. During the interview, Schultz discussed a variety of issues relavent to the maritime industry, and as a courtesy Maritime Commons is providing a link to the article in an effort to keep our subscribers informed.


1/24/2019: Commercial vessel safety during lapse in appropriations

With passage of a continuing resolution, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-19 is cancelled effective Feb. 1, 2019.


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