12/7/2018: Coast Guard seeking applicants to Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. This committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on matters relating to personnel in the United States merchant marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards and other matters as assigned by the Commandant. Completed applications should be submitted to the Coast Guard on or before February 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 12/7/2018: Coast Guard seeking applicants to Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

12/7/2018: Notice of public meeting-IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

The Department of State will conduct a public meeting Jan. 16, 2019, led by the Coast Guard, in preparation for the sixth session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6) at the IMO Headquarters in London in February.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 12/7/2018: Notice of public meeting-IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

12/6/2018: Coast Guard seeking applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard is accepting applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee. The committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to medical certification determinations for issuance of licenses, certificates of registry, and merchant mariners’ documents; medical standards and guidelines for the physical qualifications of operators of commercial vessels; medical examiner education; and medical research. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 12/6/2018: Coast Guard seeking applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee

12/4/2018: Long Range Identification and Tracking: Have you reported in the last six hours?

Submitted by Lt. Cmdr. Marlon Heron, Lt.j.g. John Busby, and Mr. Darryl Randolph, U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center The Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system is a designated International Maritime Organization (IMO) system designed to collect and disseminate vessel position […] Source: USCG
Link: 12/4/2018: Long Range Identification and Tracking: Have you reported in the last six hours?

11/16/2018: Recap of recent National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting

Committee members discussed topics such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cyber security, the port security grant program, and CBP’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, a voluntary program through which CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve U.S. border security.
Source: USCG
Link: 11/16/2018: Recap of recent National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting

11/15/2018: Evaluation and activation of salvage marine firefighting resources

In most Captain of the Port zones, primary SMFF providers rely heavily on subcontracted resources to meet the SMFF requirements. The availability, capability and intent of all required resources to respond is critical in determining compliance with federal SMFF regulations. Because of this, it is crucial for the plan holder to understand the relationship between the primary SMFF provider and the provider’s subcontracted resources. By doing this, plan holders will be able to identify discrepancies or gaps and make the necessary corrections to maintain compliance with SMFF planning requirements. In this post, the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy offers information to assist Vessel Owner/Operators in understanding the SMFF requirements to ensure compliance with regulation, and when VRP activation is required.
Source: USCG
Link: 11/15/2018: Evaluation and activation of salvage marine firefighting resources