The Coast Guard has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 07-23, to provide notice that an American Samoan may be eligible for a U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).
Link: MSIB: Eligibility of American Samoans for U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
Policy Letter 21-01 and CVC-WI-014(1) will be cancelled on December 31, 2023, at which time all new engines installed on ships must comply with applicable MARPOL Annex VI Reg 13 Tier III requirements.
Link: Notice of upcoming cancellation of CVC-WI-014(1) and CG-CVC Policy Letter 21-01 (Change 1), regarding enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 18.104.22.168.
The U.S. Coast Guard recently published a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB 6-23) and NMC bulletin explaining that it is experiencing delays in the production of merchant mariner credentials (MMCs).
Link: Information on delays in the production of merchant mariner credentials
The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance is pleased to announce the release of the U.S. Port State Control Annual Report for 2022.
Link: 2022 Port State Control Annual Report Posted
The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing is holding the 4 th meeting of the National Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (NMEDMAC) on April 25 – 26, 2023 at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education, 17220 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point, MD, 20674.
Link: National Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee Meeting #4
The Coast Guard has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 05-23, Fire Safety on Small Passenger Vessels, which encourages owners and operators to do a self-assessment of the fire safety of their vessel(s).
Link: MSIB: Fire safety on small passenger vessels
The Coast Guard Inspections and Compliance Directorate has released Marine Safety Information Bulletin 04-23, to advise mariners that an increasing number of break-bulk and retrofitted bulk carriers are arriving in the U.S. carrying wind turbine parts stowed in a manner that substantially limits visibility from the navigation bridge.
Link: MSIB: Reduced Visibility from the Navigation Bridge
The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CVC) would like to announce the publication of CG CVC-WI-001(1), Worksite Exception (WSE) Requests and Workboat Designation.
Link: Work Instruction: Worksite Exception (WSE) Requests and Workboat Designation
The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE), held its 9th session February 27- March 3, 2023 in London, England. Ms. Brandi Baldwin, Chief of the Coast Guard’s Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division in the Office of Design and Engineering Standards, led the U.S. delegation, comprised of members from the Coast Guard and technical advisors from government and private sectors.
Link: Recap of the 9th session of the IMO sub-committee on ship systems and equipment
The Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) has issued Policy Letter 01-23, Design Basis Agreement Submission Guidelines. The policy letter serves to provide additional guidance for entities interested in submitting vessel design equivalency requests to the Coast Guard for review and consideration.
Link: Policy Letter: Design Basis Agreement Submission Guidance