The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards has published a final Policy Letter on using multiple Independent Laboratories for evaluating Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). This clarifies the intent of […]
Link: Policy Letter: Multiple Independent Labs for Type Approval Testing of Ballast Water Management Systems
The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 13-20 – (Change 1) “Transportation Worker Identification Credential Operations – Change 1” to update temporary exemptions to credential expiration related to COVID-19.
Link: MSIB: Exemptions to TWIC requirements related to COVID-19 – Update (Change 1)
The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published Work Instruction CVC-WI-018(1), “Laid up Inspected/Examined Vessels.” This work instruction outlines the process of laying up inspected and examined commercial vessels and provides greater consistency […]
Link: Work Instruction: Laid up Inspected/Examined Vessels
The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 35th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast WaterManagement System Type Approval Certificate to oneTank, LLC after a detailed reviewof the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the […]
Link: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificate to oneTank, LLC.
The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee held a successful meeting on September 1st in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This in-person meeting was a collaborative discussion among representatives for shipping, terminal operators, labor, pilots, and the public.
Link: Recap of Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee meeting
The Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES) would like to clarify for the maritime community the February 28, 2015, sunset provision in Title 33 CFR 151.66. Vessel owners and operators are no longer required to submit to the Coast Guard quarterly reports of their discharges of bulk dry cargo residues into U.S. waters of the Great Lakes, or to use the official Form CG-33.
Link: End of Reporting for Bulk Dry Cargo Residue Discharges into U.S. waters of the Great Lakes
The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published Work Instruction CVC-WI-025(1), “Risk Based Fishing Vessel Exam Program,” Aug. 21, 2020. This work instruction outlines Coast Guard initiatives to promote increased safety within the commercial fishing industry on vessels viewed as high-risk.
Link: Work Instruction: Risk Based Fishing Vessel Exam Program Work Instruction
The National Maritime Center has released an update on the Mariner Credential Examination process related to COVID-19 restrictions.
Link: Merchant Mariner Credential Examinations during COVID-19 – Update
The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing has published a policy letter provides temporary guidance for renewal of a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) and STCW endorsements.
Link: Temporary guidance for renewal of Merchant Mariner Credentials during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Coast Guard has published MSIB 08-20 (Change 3) to update guidance concerning mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19).
Link: MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Mariner Credentials – Update (Change 3)