11/8/2018: Avoiding tragedy 100 years after Princess Sophia sinking

Many of the safety items that Coast Guard foreign passenger vessel examiners check for are directly related to the lessons learned from the Princess Sophia disaster. For example, the primary cause of the grounding was a loss of awareness of the navigational picture that allowed the vessel to strike a charted and well-known hazard. As part of a cruise ship examination, the exam team checks the functionality of navigational equipment such as electronic charting systems, radars, and depth sounders, as well as the ship crew’s proficiency with using these systems. The team also reviews crewmembers’ licenses and training certificates to ensure that they meet the minimum qualifications to fill these key shipboard positions. In this post, read about how, the past 100 years have allowed for the development of robust regulations to ensure the safety of all passengers booking passage on one of these non-U.S. vessels.


11/5/2018: Tankers-automatic pilot systems Final Rule published

This final rule removes the previous regulatory restriction and updates the technical requirements for automatic pilot systems.


10/24/2018: Modifications to GPS space and ground control segment

Commercial and civil users who experience impacts are encouraged to contact the Navigation Center through its website or by phone at (703) 313-5900.


10/15/2018: Recap of North American Ice Service’s 16th annual meeting focusing on modernization of ice services

The NAIS is a collaborative organization between the Ice Services of the United States and Canada that takes advantage of each members’ strengths to provide seamless ice information to government and commercial maritime interests in the Polar Regions, North American waters, and the Great Lakes.


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.


9/25/2018: Coast Guard renews Weatherflow sensor agreement

The 10-year memorandum of agreement allows the installation of sensors on selected Coast Guard Aids to Navigation.


9/17/2018: Reports of GPS problems submitted by public now available on Navigation Center’s website

Reports of GPS problems submitted to Navigation Center through the webpage will be posted to the GPS Problem Report Status webpage after review by NAVCEN staff. Reports will be anonymized to protect the submitter’s personal information and any equipment manufacturer data. All reports made in 2018 are now available and prior years will be available in the future.


8/8/2018: Termination of U.S. Coast Guard rebroadcast of HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC information

The Coast Guard will cease the rebroadcast of HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC navigational warnings over High Frequency Simplex Teletype Over Radio service as of Aug. 30, 2018.


7/26/2018: First edition of NOAA’s ‘U.S. Coast Pilot’ containing Navigation Rules and 72 COLREGS now available

The first edition of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. Coast Pilot that includes both the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and the Navigation Rules is now available. This newest edition covers the Atlantic Coast from Eastport, Maine to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


7/23/2018: 2018 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Public Forum

The Global Positioning Systems Directorate has announced the 2018 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Public Forum. The meeting will be held Sept. 12, 2018, at the TASC/Engility facility in El Segundo, California, and will be available through teleconference. The purpose of this meeting is to update the public on GPS public document revisions and collect issues/comments for analysis and possible integration into future GPS public document revisions.


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