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.


12/20/2018: Clean Gulf 2018 Recap – Incident response lessons learned

Staff from Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi attended the Clean Gulf conference in New Orleans last month and had the opportunity to talk about lessons the responders learned from two significant marine casualty incidents. In this post, Maritime Commons is providing an overview of the presentations for the benefit of our readers who were unable to attend the conference.


11/15/2018: Evaluation and activation of salvage marine firefighting resources

In most Captain of the Port zones, primary SMFF providers rely heavily on subcontracted resources to meet the SMFF requirements. The availability, capability and intent of all required resources to respond is critical in determining compliance with federal SMFF regulations. Because of this, it is crucial for the plan holder to understand the relationship between the primary SMFF provider and the provider’s subcontracted resources. By doing this, plan holders will be able to identify discrepancies or gaps and make the necessary corrections to maintain compliance with SMFF planning requirements. In this post, the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy offers information to assist Vessel Owner/Operators in understanding the SMFF requirements to ensure compliance with regulation, and when VRP activation is required.


11/1/2018: Coast Guard, South African agencies hold seminar on vessel pollution prevention and enforcement

In September, subject matter experts from the U.S. Coast Guard traveled to Cape Town, South Africa for four-day seminar to exchange information and share techniques with officials from the Republic of South Africa on vessel pollution prevention and enforcement. Staff from the Coast Guard’s Compliance Analysis Division at Headquarters led the seminar and discussed the U.S. process for ensuring compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and actions the U.S. government takes when it suspects civil or criminal conduct aboard a foreign or domestic vessel.


10/11/2018: Coast Guard announces new Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

Today in the Coast Guard’s 8th District we announced the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, which outlines the Commandant’s long term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the United States. In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few comments regarding the outlook and its three major lines of effort.


10/5/2018: FY19 requirements for Gov’t Initiated Unannounced Exercises

The Coast Guard published Sept. 25, 2018, the FY19 Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise (GIUE) requirements for each captain of the port zone, to include sectors and marine safety units. In 2015, the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy reinvigorated the Coast Guard GIUE program by releasing new GIUE policy that has since been incorporated into the Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual. This policy established consistent exercise design, execution and documentation across the Coast Guard. It also defined the number of GIUEs required at each unit.


10/5/2018: Change 1 to Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual published

Major changes to the manual include Area Contingency Plan policy verification tiers of Geographic Response Strategies, review and verification requirements, environmental consultation requirements for key statutes, and Facility Response Plan approvals.


10/2/2018: Update to the 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Guidelines

The Coast Guard is publishing the new PREP guidelines on behalf of the Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Compliance, Coordination, and Consistency Committee.


6/21/2018: Posidonia 2018 – The role of safety management systems in the next chapter of shipping

In the fourth and final post in our series covering Coast Guard participation in Posidonia earlier this month, we share a condensed version of remarks by Rear Adm. John to a group of young maritime professionals and junior seafarers on the next chapter of shipping and the impacts of digitalization and the role of Safety Management Systems.


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