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.


2/27/2019: National Maritime Center seeks members for 2019 Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group

The National Maritime Center announced it is seeking participants for the 2019 Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group. Section 315 of the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act requires the Coast Guard to commission a working group to review existing and new examination questions for accuracy and availability of examination references.


2/27/2019: National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee will meet in New Orleans, Louisiana in March to discuss committee matters relating to the safety of operations and other matters affecting the offshore oil and gas industry. All meetings will be open to the public.


2/25/2019: Coast Guard seeks additional information in Oregon marine casualty investigation

The Coast Guard announced in a news release last week that investigators continue to seek information regarding the fishing vessel Mary B II, which capsized off Newport, Oregon, Jan. 9, 2019, and resulted in the loss of the three crew members and the vessel. Anyone with information is encouraged to provide it to the investigation team at AccidentInfo@uscg.mil, using the subject line “F/V MARY B II.” Questions may be sent to the same address.


2/22/2019: National Boating Safety Advisory Council meeting

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council and its Subcommittees will meet April 9-11, 2019 in New Orleans to discuss issues relating to recreational boating safety. These meetings will be open to the public.


2/19/2019: Polar Security Cutter Program; Notice of Availability of Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

The Coast Guard will not issue a final decision on the proposal for a minimum of 30 days after the date on which the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability of the final EIS in the Federal Register.


2/15/2019: Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee subcommittee will meet on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The full Committee will meet on Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Houston.


2/15/2019: Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting rescheduled, location changed

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the dates and location of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting originally scheduled for Feb. 20-21, 2019, has been rescheduled for March 12- 13, 2019. The new meeting location is at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport and Convention Center in Miami, Florida.


2/14/2019: Two new marine safety information bulletins for OCS vessels now available

The MSIBs cover marine casualty reporting requirements for certain OCS vessels and reiterates requirements for installed data plates on lifesaving appliances.


2/11/2019: Marine Safety Center receives 23rd application for Ballast Water Management System type approval

The Marine Safety Center received its 23rd application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the HK-S(E) Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Miura Co., Ltd.


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