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.


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.


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.


12/21/2018: Adoption of RTCM Standard 13200.0 for electronic visual distress signal devices

In this post, the Coast Guard announced release of new guidance for acceptance of electronic visual distress signal devices that are evaluated as meeting the design and performance requirements of the recently published Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services.


10/25/2018: Harmonization of fire protection equipment standards for towing vessels

The Coast Guard is finalizing the interim final rule “Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment” effective Nov. 26, 2018, to align fire protection and equipment regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.


8/20/2018: Lifejacket approval harmonization

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comment on a policy letter to harmonize personal flotation device (PFD) standards between the United States and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs.


7/10/2018: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise summer newsletter highlights most common reasons for PSC detentions, deficiencies

The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise in Ft. Lauderdale recently released its semi-annual newsletter and Maritime Commons will be releasing individually several of the articles that we think will be of particular interest to our readers. For more information about the CSNCOE, or to […]


6/19/2018: Marine Safety Alert – A PFD that’s unwearable makes an emergency situation worse

The Office of Investigations and Analysis released Marine Safety Alert 11-18 to raise awareness of potentially
dangerous circumstance involving Personal Flotation Devices. During several inspections involving different vessels, Coast Guard personnel discovered a significant number (>100) of unwearable type 1 PFDs that would have presented a problem for users if needed in an emergency.


2/26/2018: Interim rule – Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment

This interim final rule applies changes made by the 2016 final rule to inspected towing vessels. Applying these updated fire protection requirements to inspected towing vessels will align regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.


2/23/2018: Notice of public meeting: IMO Subcommittee on Ships Systems and Equipment

The U.S. State Dept. will conduct a meeting, led by the U.S. Coast Guard, to prepare for the fifth Session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship systems and Equipment, to be held at the IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom, March 12-16, 2018. The meeting is open to the public.


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