Potential for Positive Drug Test Result from Use of Hemp-Plant Products

This Marine Safety Advisory is to ensure that mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations are aware that some products marketed as hemp or cannabidiol (CBD) may contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cause a positive drug test.

Marine Safety Center receives new application for ballast water management system type approval

The Marine Safety Center received an application for type approval for the Microfade II Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Resources for voluntarily establishing a Safety Management System

The Coast Guard recently promulgated Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-20 to assist owners and operators wishing to voluntarily implement a SMS. In this post, Rear Adm. Richard Timme shares the MSIB and provides his perspective on SMS.

Latest ‘Drill Down’ – Official Logbooks

Now a legal requirement, ship logs and records are recorded in either an Official Logbook or an unofficial record or logbook. But what is the difference between an Official Logbook and an unofficial log or record? And what are the requirements for an Official Logbook? This issue of Drill Down explains Official Logbooks for OSVs, when they are required, and when an unofficial logbook is suitable for record-keeping.

Have you checked your lifeboat cables? Damage can contribute to unintended hook opening

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued a Marine Safety Alert to bring awareness to the importance of checking for and replacing damaged control cables that operate between the release handle and hook in a lifeboat hook release system.

National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and its subcommittee are meeting in New Orleans March 24th and 25th to discuss committee matters relating to the safety of operations and other matters affecting the offshore oil and gas industry. All meetings will be open to the public.

Request for applications for National Boating Safety Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is requesting applications to fill 21 positions on the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee. This recently established committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to national boating safety. Applications are due by April 6, 2020.

Marine Safety Center receives new application for ballast water management system type approval

The Marine Safety Center received an application for type approval for the ATPS-BLUEsys Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Panasonic Environmental Systems & Engineering Co., Ltd.

Marine Safety Alert: Alarming trends found on fixed gas detection systems

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 02-20 to educate the maritime community about common discrepancies associated with fixed gas detection systems on board liquefied gas carriers.

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