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10/23/2014: Update 1 published to Ebola Marine Safety Information Bulletin

The Coast Guard published Update 1 to MSIB 17-14 to provide an update to the maritime industry with respect to assessing Ebola risks and the responsibility of vessel/facility agents, owners, masters, operators, Area Maritime Security Committee members, and persons to immediately report potential communicable disease hazards to the United States Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Update 1 provides information on Coast Guard review of all notice of arrivals from countries listed as “Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel ” within the last five ports of call. As of this date, the countries listed are Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia but if the CDC modifies that list, the Coast Guard will adjust its review accordingly. Also, local Coast Guard Sector personnel may reach out to ship’s agents of those vessels that have visited one of these countries, to affirm their understanding of the reporting requirements outlined in both 42 C.F.R. § 71.21 and 33 C.F.R. § 160.215.

Update 1 also provides guidance to vessel owners and operators who have visited any of the countries listed in the CDC “Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel” notice. A vessel’s owner or operator is highly encouraged to determine how long each individual crew member has been on that vessel. This should include whether or not the crew member visited any of the countries listed in the, “Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel,” webpage within the 21 days prior to embarkation. While this information is not required under current Coast Guard regulations, having reliable data available to document this history will help reassure the public and port stakeholders and facilitate cargo operations.

Update 1, MSIB 17-14 provides specific details on reporting requirements and other pertinent information. View the MSIB for full details.

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