Notice of Public Meeting: Shipping Coordination Committee Meeting in Preparation for International Maritime Organization Meeting

The Department of State will conduct a public meeting of the Shipping Coordination Committee at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021, by way of teleconference to prepare for the 103rd session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: Notice of Public Meeting: Shipping Coordination Committee Meeting in Preparation for International Maritime Organization Meeting

Federal Register Notice: National Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee; April 2021 Teleconference

The National Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (Committee) will meet via teleconference to discuss matters relating to medical certification determinations for issuance of licenses, certificates of registry, and merchant mariners’ documents, medical standards and guidelines for the physical qualifications of operators of commercial vessels, medical examiner education, and medical research. The meeting will be open to the public.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: Federal Register Notice: National Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee; April 2021 Teleconference

Federal Register Notice: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2021 Annual Review and Revisions to Methodology

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register the establishment of new base pilotage rates for the 2021 shipping season. This final rule will adjust the pilotage rates to account for changes in district operating expenses, an increase in the number of pilots, and anticipated inflation.
Source: Federal Register Notices
Link: Federal Register Notice: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2021 Annual Review and Revisions to Methodology

U.S. Coast Guard to hold virtual hearing for loss of F/V Scandies Rose

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal hearing starting Monday February 22 in Edmonds, Wash., to consider evidence related to the sinking of the fishing vessel Scandies Rose. The formal hearing is scheduled to convene daily at 8 A.M. PST on weekdays, February 22 through March 5.
Source: Investigations & Casualty Analysis
Link: U.S. Coast Guard to hold virtual hearing for loss of F/V Scandies Rose

Notice of proposed Rulemaking: Safety Management Systems for Domestic Passenger Vessels

The Coast Guard is evaluating the potential use of Safety Management Systems (SMSs) to improve safety and reduce marine casualties on board U.S.-flagged passenger vessels. The Coast Guard is seeking public input and responses to specific questions on the feasibility, applicability, and nature of SMSs for potential use on U.S.-flagged passenger vessels. Comments and related material must be received on or before April 15, 2021.
Source: Domestic Vessels
Link: Notice of proposed Rulemaking: Safety Management Systems for Domestic Passenger Vessels