4/1/2019: Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities Final Rule published

Under this rule, each owner or operator of a maritime facility regulated by the Coast Guard is required to implement a system providing seafarers, pilots, and representatives of seamen’s welfare and labor organizations access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate, in a timely manner and at no cost to the seafarer or other individuals.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 4/1/2019: Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities Final Rule published

3/29/2019: Imposition of conditions of entry on certain vessels arriving to the United States from the Republic of Seychelles

The Coast Guard announced in a Federal Register Notice that it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from ports in the Republic of Seychelles. Conditions of entry are intended to protect the United States from vessels arriving from countries that have been found to have deficient anti-terrorism port measures in place.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 3/29/2019: Imposition of conditions of entry on certain vessels arriving to the United States from the Republic of Seychelles

3/28/2019: Coast Guard coordinates 3rd annual Liquefied Gas Carrier Surveyor Workshop

The workshop focused on providing the attendees with an in-depth understanding of Coast Guard liquefied gas carrier examinations. More importantly, the workshop afforded numerous opportunities for open dialogue and an information exchange between local Coast Guard marine examiners, Flag State and Class Surveyors in order to raise the awareness on key safety issues and common deficiencies.
Source: USCG
Link: 3/28/2019: Coast Guard coordinates 3rd annual Liquefied Gas Carrier Surveyor Workshop

3/27/2019: Summary of recent Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee meeting

Over 40 members of the chemical and gas industry, along with representatives of the Office of Design and Engineering Standards, and local Coast Guard marine inspectors, attended the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee public meetings at Sector Houston-Galveston, March 20-21, 2019 and discussed important issues related to the safe and secure marine transportation of hazardous materials.
Source: USCG
Link: 3/27/2019: Summary of recent Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee meeting

3/26/2019: Summary of recent National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting

Representatives from the Coast Guard, offshore oil and gas industries, recognized organizations and numerous industry associations attended the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee semi-annual public meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 20, 2019. This post provides an overview of the issues and work items addressed during the meeting.
Source: USCG
Link: 3/26/2019: Summary of recent National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting

3/21/2019: New global shipping advisory regarding sanctions risks related to North Korea’s shipping practices

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard, issued an advisory to alert persons globally to deceptive shipping practices used by North Korea to evade sanctions. These practices may create significant sanctions risk for parties involved in the shipping industry, including insurers, flag registries, shipping companies, and financial institutions. Parties subject to U.S. and/or United Nations sanctions should be aware of these practices in order to implement appropriate controls to ensure compliance with their legal requirements.
Source: USCG
Link: 3/21/2019: New global shipping advisory regarding sanctions risks related to North Korea’s shipping practices

3/19/2019: Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard Address

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz will deliver the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address, at 10 a.m., PST, Thursday, March 21, from Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach. This is Schultz’s first State of the Coast Guard Address since his tenure as commandant began in 2018. Schultz will provide a current overview of the service and outline priorities for the year ahead.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 3/19/2019: Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard Address