Overview of regulations governing High Interest Vessel (HIV) selection and boarding

In this post the Office of Maritime Security Response Policy discusses the process by which vessels may receive a security boarding prior to entering a U.S. port.

Update to mask requirement for persons aboard vessels

The Coast Guard will no longer enforce mask requirements in outdoor areas of maritime transportation conveyances and hubs.

2020 Flag State Control Annual Report

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance is pleased to announce the publication of the 2020 Flag State Control Domestic Annual Report.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Evoqua Water Technologies Limited (UK)

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 43rd U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Evoqua Water Technologies Limited (UK) after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

Policy Letters: Update to harbor assist towing beyond the boundary line and use of doublers on Subchapter M towing vessels

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Policy Letter 19-01 Change 1 “Enforcement Guidance for Harbor Assist Towing Vessels When Operating Beyond the Boundary Line” and Policy Letter 21-03 “Guidance Concerning the Use of Doubler Plates for Repairs Involving Towing Vessels Subject to 46 CFR Subchapter M”.

Eighth District MSIB: Hurricane Season reporting requirements

The OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) has released MSIB 21-02, Hurricane Season Reporting Requirements, to provide guidance for operators on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Notice of Public Meeting: Shipping Coordinating Committee

The Department of State will conduct an open meeting of the Shipping Coordinating Committee at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2021, by way of teleconference.

Marine Transportation System (MTS) cyber spotlight

Editors note: This is the second in a series of articles addressing cyber risk management and cybersecurity within the Marine Transportation System (MTS). The maritime community is facing daily threats to their […]

MSIB: COVID-19 – Spotlight on the Mental Health of Mariners

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 07-21 “COVID-19: Spotlight on the Mental Health of Mariners” to highlight the issue of mariner mental health. The […]

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