Notice of Public Meeting: Consistent Implementation of Regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI (Global 0.50% Sulfur Limit)

The Coast Guard will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2019, to review and discuss the MARPOL Annex VI provisions for implementing the Global 0.50% Sulfur Limit and the associated guidance developed through the International Maritime Organization, as well as discuss related issues and Coast Guard enforcement plans.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: Notice of Public Meeting: Consistent Implementation of Regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI (Global 0.50% Sulfur Limit)

Lifejacket Approval Harmonization Notice of Availability

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is finalizing the policy harmonizing personal flotation device standards between the United States and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs. As a result, PFD manufacturers can meet a single North American standard instead of separate standards for the United States and Canada.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: Lifejacket Approval Harmonization Notice of Availability

Update from September’s BWM Tech North America conference

In September, staff from Coast Guard Headquarters attended the Ballast Water Management Tech North America Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lt. Jacob Baldassini, an engineer with the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Center, gave attendees an update on the state of the Coast Guard’s type approval program, and guidance on several specific issues about which the MSC receives regular inquiries. Maritime Commons is sharing an overview of his comments for the benefit of our readers unable to attend.
Source: USCG
Link: Update from September’s BWM Tech North America conference

Design guidance for commercial vessels using Lithium-Ion batteries for propulsion or electrical systems

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Policy Letter No. 02-19 “Design Guidance for Lithium-Ion Battery Installations Onboard Commercial Vessels” to improve the plan approval process for commercial vessel propulsion or electrical systems powered by installed Lithium-ion batteries. The policy does not apply to the carriage of Li-ion batteries as cargo or portable devices with Li-ion batteries that are not permanently installed on the vessel.
Source: USCG
Link: Design guidance for commercial vessels using Lithium-Ion batteries for propulsion or electrical systems

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to HANLA IMS Co., Ltd.

The Marine Safety Center issued the 24th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to HANLA IMS Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.
Source: USCG
Link: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to HANLA IMS Co., Ltd.

Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group 2020 meeting schedule

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. Examination question review is an opportunity to help the National Maritime Center and other mariners make long-term improvements to the knowledge examination system.
Source: USCG
Link: Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group 2020 meeting schedule