Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement and Training Project Grant Award Recipients named

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the U.S. Coast Guard are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement and Training Project Grant Program. This year’s program made nine awards totaling $5.25 million to support critical research and training projects to improve the occupational safety of workers in the high-risk commercial fishing industry.
Source: USCG
Link: Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement and Training Project Grant Award Recipients named

Crediting recent sea service of personnel serving on vessels of the Uniformed Services

The Coast Guard proposes to increase from 3 years to 7 years the period within which qualifying sea service aboard vessels of the uniformed services can be used to satisfy the requirement for recent sea service to qualify for a Merchant Mariner Credential with a national officer endorsement.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: Crediting recent sea service of personnel serving on vessels of the Uniformed Services

Policy Letter: Guidance for vessel requests to participate in hurricane relief operations

The Coast Guard recognizes that sealift capacity is an efficient and effective means to provide relief supplies following hurricane damage. Vessels operating within the conditions outlined in their Certificate of Inspection, generally, do not need additional permission from the Coast Guard to engage in relief operations. This policy provides guidelines for Coast Guard personnel when considering requests for vessels to participate in hurricane operations.
Source: USCG
Link: Policy Letter: Guidance for vessel requests to participate in hurricane relief operations

MSIB: Passenger vessel compliance and operational readiness

On September 2, 2019, the small passenger vessel Conception caught fire and sank off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California with loss of life. This bulletin identifies regulations related to firefighting, lifesaving, preparations for emergencies, and means of escape that serve as a reminder for owner and operators to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew while onboard.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: MSIB: Passenger vessel compliance and operational readiness

Merchant Mariner Medical Manual now available

The guidance in this Manual should assist medical practitioners, the maritime industry, individual mariners, and Coast Guard personnel in evaluating a mariner applicant’s physical and medical status to meet the requirements of the merchant mariner medical certificate. This Manual incorporates and consolidates prior guidance on the medical evaluation of merchant mariners contained in several Coast Guard documents. The Manual includes guidance on the medical certificate and related processes, including procedures for application, issuance, and cancellation of the medical certificate.
Source: USCG
Link: Merchant Mariner Medical Manual now available