6/20/2018: Coast Guard-Passenger Vessel Association Quality Partnership Meeting recap

The Coast Guard and the Passenger Vessel Association held their bi-annual Quality Partnership Meeting last month to discuss safety issues and other topics affecting the professional passenger vessel industry. The Coast Guard/PVA partnership was established in 1996 as a non-regulatory mechanism for cooperative, informal, consistent and structured activities to address issues of passenger, personnel, and property safety, and environmental protection within the domestic passenger industry. This post offers an overview of the discussions as well as updates on the partnership’s on going work.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 6/20/2018: Coast Guard-Passenger Vessel Association Quality Partnership Meeting recap

6/15/2018: 2017 Area Maritime Security Committee of the Year announced

The Coast Guard congratulates the Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee as the recipient of the 2017 AMSC of the Year award. The award is based on outstanding achievements and contributions in safeguarding the Marine Transportation System, including port areas, adjacent waterways, coastal and/or shore areas, waterfront facilities, and other maritime critical infrastructure and key assets.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 6/15/2018: 2017 Area Maritime Security Committee of the Year announced

6/11/2018: Three Marine Safety Alerts – High levels of hydrogen sulfide gas; water slides aboard commercial vessels; Gulf Coast vessels and blended fuel oils

The Office of Investigations and Analysis issued three Marine Safety Alerts to warn mariners of several potentially dangerous conditions that owners, operators, and captains should be on the lookout for onboard their vessels.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 6/11/2018: Three Marine Safety Alerts – High levels of hydrogen sulfide gas; water slides aboard commercial vessels; Gulf Coast vessels and blended fuel oils

6/5/2018: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2018 annual review and revisions to methodology

In accordance with the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, effective July 5, 2018, the Coast Guard is establishing new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2018 shipping season. Additionally, the Coast Guard is making several changes to the Great Lakes pilotage ratemaking methodology.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 6/5/2018: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2018 annual review and revisions to methodology

5/22/2018: Notice of public meeting in preparation for the 68th session of the IMO’s Technical Cooperation Committee Meeting and the 120th session of the IMO Council

The Coast Guard announced in a Federal Register Notice that it will conduct an open public meeting in Washington, D.C., June 13, 2018, in preparation for the upcoming 68th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Technical Cooperation Committee Meeting and the 120th session of the IMO Council to be held at the IMO Headquarters in London.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 5/22/2018: Notice of public meeting in preparation for the 68th session of the IMO’s Technical Cooperation Committee Meeting and the 120th session of the IMO Council

5/21/2018: Notice of public workshop on consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI (Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap)

The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a public workshop in Washington, D.C., June 5, 2018, in preparation for the upcoming intersessional working group meeting of the International Maritime Organization on consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex IV (Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap). The purpose of this meeting will be to consider the issues that will be discussed at that intersessional working group meeting.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 5/21/2018: Notice of public workshop on consistent implementation of regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI (Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap)

5/18/2018: Navigation Safety Advisory Council vacancies

The Navigation Safety Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to maritime collisions, rammings, and groundings; Inland Rules of the Road; International Rules of the Road; navigation regulations and equipment, routing measures, marine information, diving safety; and aids to navigation systems. Completed applications should be submitted to the Coast Guard on or before July 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 5/18/2018: Navigation Safety Advisory Council vacancies