4/19/2019: Coast Guard presents marine transportation industry leader with public service award

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, presented Mr. Walter Blessey, Jr. with a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award during the American Waterways Operators’ Spring Convention, held in Washington, D.C. last week, for Blessey’s outstanding contributions to the inland marine transportation industry, including navigation safety, environmental stewardship, and homeland security.


4/18/2019: Change 1 to NVIC 03-14, “Guidelines for Approval of Training Courses and Programs”

The udpate to this NVIC provides additional course content guidance to merchant mariner training organizations that offer meteorology, ship handling, and bridge resource management courses.


4/17/2019: Global Maritime Distress and Safety System master plan

This post shares a summary of a recent IMO circular announcing that all information related to shore-based facilities for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System communicated to the organization is available to all registered public account holders through the new Global Integrated Shipping Information System module on the Master plan of shore-based facilities for the GMDSS. Any member of the public who is registered with an IMO Web account can become a registered account holder.


4/12/2019: 75th Anniversary edition of Proceedings Magazine now available

Featured articles highlight the evolution of the Coast Guard’s marine safety mission, a short history of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, cybersecurity in the maritime domain, and more.


3/22/2019: Special notice to mariners – upcoming GPS week number rollover

The Coast Guard Navigation Center published a special notice to mariners that use GPS Equipment. The special notice outlines the details of the GPS Week Number Rollover that will occur April 6-7, 2019.


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.


3/19/2019: Safety Alert 02-19 – Not all navigation lights are created equal

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate published Marine Safety Alert 02-19, “Not all navigation lights are created equal,” to assist all mariners in understanding the difference between navigation lights used on power driven vessels and those used on sailing vessels.


3/6/2019: MSIB 002-19 – Parasailing navigation rules and flight safety

The Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration regulate the vessels that may tow parasailers and flight activities, respectively. The Coast Guard regulates small passenger vessels and other vessels that conduct parasail operations. This does not include oversight of parasailing equipment, safety of passenger(s) aloft or interference with aircraft or banners being towed by aircraft. The FAA regulates parasail flight activities as well as aircraft and banners towed by aircraft. MSIB 002-19 addresses Navigation Rules relevant to the operations of the vessel pulling the parasail wing and provides information to promote safety while operating with passengers aloft in the vicinity of aircraft that may or may not be towing banners.


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.


2/7/2019: International Ice Patrol resumes operations, daily iceberg warning products for 2019 ice season

The Coast Guard International Ice Patrol announced it has commenced operations for the 2019 ice season as of Feb. 5, 2019 and will resume production of the North American Ice Service daily iceberg warning products from its operations center in New London, Connecticut.


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