5/10/2019: Subchapter M requirement for Health and Safety Plan

TVNCOE issued a reminder that on or before July 22, 2019, owners and managing operators of Subchapter M towing vessels must implement a Health and Safety Plan (HSP) and the associated record-keeping procedures regardless of whether or not the vessel has been issued a Certificate of Inspection.


5/9/2019: Summary of latest Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting

The committee deliberated on current tasks, discussed new business, and received public comments. Attendees represented the Coast Guard, the towing and barge industry, engineers, pilots/masters, port authorities, terminal operators, offshore operators, and the public.


5/7/2019: Congressional hearing alert – Maritime infrastructure vulnerabilities in an emerging Arctic

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant Adm. Charles W. Ray will testify at a Congressional hearing focused on the Arctic May 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. Eastern. He will testify before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee about maritime infrastructure vulnerabilities in the Arctic region.


5/6/2019: Mitigation efforts due to lapse in fiscal year 2019 appropriations and partial government shutdown

Due to a continued backlog of credential applications and increased net processing time of both mariner credential applications and medical certificate applications caused by the lapse in appropriations and shutdown of National Maritime Center operations, several updated actions are being taken. These actions involve merchant mariner credentials and certain medical certificates.


5/6/2019: Notice requesting comments on collection of information under review by Office of Management and Budget

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register it is seeking comments on whether an Information Collection Request should be granted based on the collection being necessary for the proper performance of departmental functions. Comments must be received by June 5, 2019.


5/3/2019: Stay “face up” – Try on your lifejacket in a controlled water environment to ensure proper fit

The Coast Guard recommends everyone try on their lifejacket in a controlled water environment to ensure proper fit and performance on their body. All Coast Guard approved lifejackets meet industry standards and Coast Guard requirements for construction, performance, and manufacturing. However, the only way to ensure proper fit and performance on an individual is to try it on in the water.


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.


5/1/2019: Inmarsat C users – FCC announces it will withdraw as an accounting authority in 2020

The FCC announced that it will stop performing the functions of an accounting authority for international maritime mobile communications on April 22, 2020. Users who have relied on the FCC as an accounting authority need to affirmatively select a different accounting authority prior to that date.


4/29/2019: Recap of remarks by Pacific Area commander during Arctic Encounter Symposium

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan delivered a keynote speech and participated in panel discussions April 26, 2019, at the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle. Fagan is the commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area and discussed the Coast Guard Arctic Strategic Outlook, new fleet of Polar Security Cutters and emerging technology being used to promote resilience and prosperity in the Arctic.


4/29/2019: Change 5 to NVIC 09-02, “Guidelines for the Area Maritime Security Committees and Area Maritime Security Plans for U.S. Ports”

The updated NVIC provides guidance to Coast Guard operational commanders, Area Maritime Security Committee members, and the maritime community with the development and maintenance of Area Maritime Security Assessments, Area Maritime Security Plans, and promotes unity of effort among all stakeholders with maritime security interests at the port level.


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