Long Island Sound recognized as 2018 Area Maritime Security Committee of the year

A strong Area Maritime Security Committee requires hard work and long hours by many parties. The patriotism, professionalism, and impact of the Long Island Sound AMSC is a model for others to follow.

Update to Qualified Assessor Requirements

In this post, the Merchant Credentialing Program Policy Division is providing guidance to mariners in consideration of the limited number of approved Qualified Assessors available to conduct STCW assessments.

Icebreaking operations begin in Great Lakes

photo of cutter in ice-laden lake

Ice breaking operations begin in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior. In the coming weeks, various commercial waterways may close after due consideration is given to the protection of the marine environment and the safety of island residents who, in the course of their daily business, use naturally-formed ice bridges for transportation to and from the mainland.

Summary of public meeting on IMO 2020 Sulfur cap

In this post we provide a brief summary of the public meeting recently held in Washington, D.C., about consistent implementation of the Global .50 percent sulfur limit.

SIGTTO, Lloyd’s Register & LGC NCOE partner to host the 31st SIGTTO Pan American Regional Forum and U.S. Coast Guard Forum

thumbnail of LGC NCOE's logo

Liquefied-gas-industry experts and Coast Guard personnel from around the country came together in Katy, Texas, December 3, to prepare for the increased use of liquefied gases throughout the maritime community and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies each party faces as they adapt to the rapid growth of this multi-billion dollar industry.

An important safety consideration – Hazards of retractable pilothouses on towboats

Retractable pilothouses offer towing vessel operators great flexibility in meeting the many operational demands of inland navigation. This post offers recommendations to ensure the safety of all crew members involved in their operation.

Towing vessel under charter? Don’t let it cause a break in the safety system

Recently, an investigation of a towing vessel loss of propulsion revealed gaps in the implementation of the vessel’s TSMS that were causal to the incident and a result of poor TSMS-to-TSMS transition.

New resources available for the OCS maritime community

The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise announced the publication of informational guides on GMDSS and Dynamic Positioning systems for use by maritime industry professionals and the marine safety community.

Reporting security incidents to National Response Center

The Office of Port & Facility Compliance is reminding owners/operators to list the National Response Center’s 24-hour hotline, 800-424-8802, in their facility/vessel security plans for reporting maritime security and cybersecurity incidents to the Coast Guard.

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