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

5/17/2018: Recap of Center for Offshore Safety’s panel session with assistant commandant for prevention policy and BSEE director

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, recently joined Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle for a panel session during this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. The session, moderated by Charlie Williams with Center for Offshore Safety, was part of COS’s Senior Regulatory Leadership Perspective series on Safety, Safety Management, and Future Regulatory Activity.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 5/17/2018: Recap of Center for Offshore Safety’s panel session with assistant commandant for prevention policy and BSEE director

5/14/2018: Marine Safety Alert – Implementing an internal reporting system may reduce risks

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that owners and operators consider the value of implementing reporting systems recognizing that such reporting can assist them in remaining compliant with various domestic and international requirements. Reporting will allow the owner and operator to become knowledgeable of issues related vessel material safety, operational safety and environmental concerns. This additional awareness allows management control and may reduce the impact of costs associated with repairs, environmental penalties, injuries and other circumstances before they become problematic to the owner and operator.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: 5/14/2018: Marine Safety Alert – Implementing an internal reporting system may reduce risks

5/9/2018: Ballast water management – annual reporting requirement

The Coast Guard announced in a Federal Register notice that it is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend its regulations on ballast water management by eliminating the requirement for vessels operating on voyages exclusively between ports or places within a single Captain of the Port Zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report for calendar year 2018. The deadline to submit comments is June 8, 2018.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: 5/9/2018: Ballast water management – annual reporting requirement

5/8/2018: Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise adds Tugsafe “Lite” to suite of Subchapter M job aids

The Coast Guard released TugSafe in December 2017. TugSafe is designed to streamline and maximize efficiency of the Subchapter M inspection process by providing no guesswork inspections by dynamically generating a customized inspection checklist specific to a given towing vessel. After numerous requests from the towing community, the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise announced that it has launched TugSafe “Lite” to allow access to the TugSafe compliance guidance without the need to generate a checklist for a specific vessel.
Source: Domestic Vessels
Link: 5/8/2018: Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise adds Tugsafe “Lite” to suite of Subchapter M job aids