12/4/2017: Availability of NVIC 05-17 “Reporting and investigation of marine casualties where the United States is a Substantially Interested State”

The Office of Investigations and Analysis published Dec. 1, 2017, Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 05-17, “Reporting and Investigation of Marine Casualties Where the United States is a Substantially Interested State.” The circular publishes policy and guidance for the coordination […] Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 12/4/2017: Availability of NVIC 05-17 “Reporting and investigation of marine casualties where the United States is a Substantially Interested State”

12/1/2017: Cooperative Research and Development Agreement – Cellular phone geolocation development

As a courtesy to our audience, Maritime Commons will provide a daily compilation of nationally-relevant Federal Register Notices. To provide comments for the public record, follow the Federal Register link for each individual notice. Please note, the Coast Guard cannot […] Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 12/1/2017: Cooperative Research and Development Agreement – Cellular phone geolocation development

11/27/2017: Illegal passenger vessel operations – A risk to safety, credentialed mariners, and legitimate operators

Illegal operations and the potential dangers they present have existed since the inception of passenger vessel regulations. In recent years, however, the introduction of certain smart phone apps to the hospitality and transportation industries has exacerbated the issue by making it easier for property owners to enter into agreements to temporarily lease, charter, or rent their homes or vehicles to interested parties for compensation. As expected, emerging business ventures are now dedicated to boat rentals and water taxis using similar business plans and smart phone apps. In this post, the Coast Guard discusses some of the risks associated with illegal passenger operations and what the boating public and legitimate operators can do to protect themselves.
Source: Domestic Vessels
Link: 11/27/2017: Illegal passenger vessel operations – A risk to safety, credentialed mariners, and legitimate operators

11/22/2017: Notice of public meeting: International standards pertaining to maintenance, repair and training of servicing technicians for lifeboats, rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear

The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a public town hall meeting December 11, 2017, to disseminate information related to the 2020 entry into force of international standards affecting the testing and maintenance of lifeboats, rescue boats and launching appliances, and authorization of service providers. This meeting pertains to new requirements the IMO adopted in 2016 related to maintenance of lifesaving equipment on vessels subject to SOLAS.
Source: Domestic Vessels
Link: 11/22/2017: Notice of public meeting: International standards pertaining to maintenance, repair and training of servicing technicians for lifeboats, rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear

11/20/2017: Cooperative research and development agreement-Robotic aircraft for sensors program for maritime

The Coast Guard is seeking public input on its intent to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement with several companies to evaluate small unmanned aircraft systems sensors or payloads, to determine their potential use in a maritime environment by first responders and DHS operational components.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 11/20/2017: Cooperative research and development agreement-Robotic aircraft for sensors program for maritime

11/15/2017: Application period open for Rear Adm. William M. Benkert Award for excellence in environmental protection

Started in 1995, the award recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations which have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 11/15/2017: Application period open for Rear Adm. William M. Benkert Award for excellence in environmental protection

11/6/2017: Coast Guard-Passenger Vessel Association Quality Partnership Meeting recap

The Coast Guard and the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) held their bi-annual Quality Partnership Meeting Oct. 26, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss safety issues and other topics affecting the professional passenger vessel industry. Maritime Commons attended the meeting and is providing a summary of the discussions and key takeaways.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 11/6/2017: Coast Guard-Passenger Vessel Association Quality Partnership Meeting recap

10/31/2017: Comment period for Port Arthur waterway suitability assessment extended 30 days

The public comment period on the Waterway Suitability Assessment for Operation of Liquefied Hazardous Gas Terminal; Port Arthur, Texas, has been extended through Nov. 30, 2017, to allow interested parties additional time to respond due to the effects from Hurricane Harvey.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 10/31/2017: Comment period for Port Arthur waterway suitability assessment extended 30 days