4/16/2019: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 17th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060. A complete list of ballast water treatment systems that have been approved or have type approval applications currently under review can be found on the Marine Safety Center webpage.
Source: Domestic Vessels
Link: 4/16/2019: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S

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

3/19/2019: 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

3/18/2019: Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study: Port approaches and international entry and departure transit areas

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is beginning a new study of routes used by ships to access ports on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The Ports and Waterways Safety Act requires the Coast Guard to study potential traffic density and assess the need for safe access routes for vessels. The Coast Guard coordinates with Federal and State agencies, and considers the views of the maritime community, environmental groups, and other interested stakeholders in order to reconcile the need for safe access routes with other reasonable waterway uses in the study area.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 3/18/2019: Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study: Port approaches and international entry and departure transit areas

3/14/2019: Owners of two vessels criminally charged, convicted for operating illegal passenger charters

This posted highlights two recent back-to-back law enforcement cases in Florida that demonstrate the aggressive posture the Coast Guard is taking to eliminate illegal passenger charter activities. Because Smartphone-based applications have made it easier in recent years for passengers to locate and hire charter vessels, the Coast Guard is more vigilant than ever in detecting illegal charter activities and seek maximum enforcement actions against the vessel owners and operators.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 3/14/2019: Owners of two vessels criminally charged, convicted for operating illegal passenger charters