5/23/2019: Maritime Commons has a new home! Update your bookmarks & feeds

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5/22/2019: Thank you to all mariners on National Maritime Day

In this post, in honor of National Maritime Day, Rear Adm. Nadeau extends appreciation to all the mariners who are entrusted with the safety of passengers and crew and who keep our economy flowing every day.


5/20/2019: Coast Guard gives three-day LNG training to Panama Canal Authority

Staff with the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) delivered training May 7-10, 2019, on all aspects of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to representatives from the Panama Canal Authority and Panama Maritime Authority, and first responders. LGC NCOE staff covered a wide array of topics pertinent to the transportation of LNG to include the chemical and physical properties of LNG, LNG gas carriers, LNG terminals, and the use of LNG as a marine fuel.


5/15/2019: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the nineteenth U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


5/14/2019: Marine Safety Center issues tech note on carriage of offshore workers on OSVs less than 6,000 GT

This Technical Note provides guidance for OCMIs and vessel owners and managing operators on the process for requesting carriage of more than 36 offshore workers on U.S. flagged Offshore Supply Vessels that are less than 6000 GT ITC.


5/2/2019: Marine Safety Center issues ballast water management system type approval certificate to Wärtsilä Water Systems, Ltd.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center has issued the 18th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Wärtsilä Water Systems, Ltd. The treatment principle of the Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS consists of filtration with UV treatment at uptake and discharge.


4/26/2019: Coast Guard, EPA to hold in-person listening session on Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

The two-day listening session will be held May 29-30, 2019, at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. During the session, the EPA and the USCG will provide a general overview of VIDA, a summary of regulatory considerations for specific incidental discharges, including an opportunity for public input, and an opportunity for a broader discussion on the regulatory framework to be developed under VIDA.


4/25/2019: Marine Safety Center receives 25th application for ballast water management system type approval

The Marine Safety Center received its 25th application for type approval for the HK-(E)C Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Miura Co., Ltd. MSC will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060.


4/23/2019: Coast Guard releases new Arctic Strategic Outlook

As the nation’s primary maritime presence in the Polar Regions, the Coast Guard advances national interests through a unique blend of polar operational capability, regulatory authority, and international leadership across the full spectrum of maritime governance. The Coast Guard will continue to work with its allies and partners on the mutual goal of ensuring a safe, secure, and cooperative Arctic, even as aspiring near-peer competitors maneuver for strategic advantage in the area.


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.


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