4/16/2019: Marijuana use remains incompatible with sea service despite changes in state laws

Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Department of Transportation chemical testing continues to identify as dangerous drug users individuals with significant amounts of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, metabolized into their system. Marijuana use remains criminal at the federal level under U.S. Code.


1/18/2018: Marine Safety Advisory 01-18 Expansion of Dept. of Transportation drug screening to include semi-synthetic opiates

This Marine Safety Advisory is to ensure mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations are informed of recent changes to the Department of Transportation Drug Testing requirements. As the U.S. Coast Guard requires a DOT drug test, this MSA seeks to broadly communicate important changes effecting mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations.


6/21/2017: 57th meeting of the U.S. Civil GPS Service Interface Committee

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Coast Guard Navigation Center will host the 57th meeting of the Civil Global Positioning System Service Interface Committee, Sept. 25-26, 2017, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. CGSIC meetings are free and open to the public.


12/15/2016: Notice of Public Meeting-IMO Subcommittee on Ship Design and Construction

The Department of State will conduct an open meeting led by the United States Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Headquarters Building, Washington, DC. More information is available in the Federal Register and on the Coast Guard’s IMO Homepage.


12/15/2016: Notice of Public Meeting-IMO Subcommittee on Pollution Prevention and Response

The Department of State will conduct an open meeting led by the United States Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Headquarters Building, Washington, DC. More information is available in the Federal Register and on the Coast Guard IMO Homepage.


12/16/2015: Notice of public meeting – IMO Subcommittee on Ship Design and Construction

The Department of State will conduct a Coast Guard led public meeting, in Washington, DC, to prepare for the third Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction in January 2016.


07/30/15: Requirements for vessels with registry endorsements or foreign-flagged vessels that perform certain aquaculture support operations

The Coast Guard seeks comment on a proposed amendment to regulations that would allow for a waiver allowing foreign-flagged vessels to be used in certain aquaculture operations.