3/12/2019: MSIB 03-19 – Guidance on Certificate of Documentation delays

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued MSIB 03-19 to provide guidance for mariners who have been affected by delays in the time necessary for the National Vessel Documentation Center to issue Certificates of Documentation.


3/11/2019: Ballast water compliance date extensions: Next scheduled drydock

In this post, staff from the Environmental Standards Division offer guidance on what constitutes entry into drydock and the end of a ballast water management system extension period.


3/7/2019: Investigation leads to mariner conviction and prompts Coast Guard data quality improvements

Although attempts by mariners to operate vessels using invalid MMCs are a rare occurrence, it does happen, and the Coast Guard and the maritime industry have an online MMC verification tool to alert them to the few cases that surface each year. Upon entry of mariner identification details by a marine employer or other party, the MMC verification tool provides immediate information regarding whether the subject mariner has a valid MMC and medical certificate. This post provides a summary of a 2017 case that led to data quality improvements in the MMC verification tool and how current and prospective employers can report credential discrepancies.


3/6/2019: Acceptance of 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code, as amended

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Change 1 to CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-12, to accept the amendments from the 2009 MODU Code, which include updated design and equipment requirements that stem from the findings of the Deepwater Horizon casualty investigation.


3/6/2019: National officer & rating endorsements expiring March 24, 2019

The Coast Guard amended regulations to qualify for national officer and rating endorsements in a final rule titled Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements. In this post, the National Maritime Center provides information regarding how it will process applications for National Officer/Rating Endorsements that expire March 24, 2019.


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.


3/5/2019: Congressional hearing alert – “U.S. Maritime and Shipbuilding Industries: Strategies to Improve Regulation, Economic Opportunities, and Competitiveness”

Rear Admiral John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, will testify before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, March 6, 2019, on strategies to improve regulation, economic opportunities, and competitiveness in the U.S. maritime industry.


3/5/2019: Findings of Concern released – “Impacts of Modifications, Alterations, and Weight Creep on Stability”

The Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis issued Findings of Concern 006-19, “Impacts of Modifications, Alterations, and Weight Creep on Stability,” after the fishing vessel Destination marine board of investigation concluded that unsafe stability conditions, combined with an open deck hatch and a fatigued crew, were the primary factors leading to the tragedy.


3/4/2019: Updated info from National Maritime Center regarding impacts of lapse in appropriations

This post provides new information from the National Maritime Center related to expiration dates of credential and medical certificates, Additional Information letters, Qualified Assessor letters, and other mariner documents.


3/4/2019: Recap of the Sixth session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction held its sixth session at IMO headquarters in London, United Kingdom, February 4-8, 2019. Representatives from the US Coast Guard’s Office of Design & Engineering Standards led the US delegation, comprised of members from the Coast Guard, US Navy, US Department of State, and technical advisors from the private sector. This post provides a summary of the discussions and Sub-committee’s decisions.


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