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11/25/2015: Marine Safety Center – Up and running at new location

November 19, 2015 the Marine Safety Center turned out the lights on its Arlington office location and moved across town to the Coast Guard Headquarters campus.

As of November 24, 2015, the Marine Safety Center is now fully operational at its new location.

“Our engineers and staff worked very hard to ensure that the move went smoothly, with minimal impact to our operations,” said, Capt. John Mauger, commanding officer of the Marine Safety Center. “Our move affected a few submitters directly and we have been in contact with those affected to advise on status of the reviews. I really appreciate the patience of our customers at Coast Guard field offices and industry submitters during this transition. ”

Submitters and stakeholders should be aware that the MSC email addresses are the same, but the phone numbers and mailing address has changed. Updated contact information is available via the Marine Safety Center’s website at:

You can also find information about the relocation on the Maritime Commons post from November 3, 2015.

Questions about the status of submissions can be addressed to the engineers or branch chiefs responsible for the review. If you can’t get in touch with someone directly, please call the main number at (202) 795-6729 during normal business hours.

The move did not affect the MSC’s 24×7 emergency support to the field via our Salvage Engineering Response Team, or SERT. Throughout the move MSC continued to provide real-time engineering and technical support to Coast Guard field offices as far away as Sector Guam.

As a tenant of Coast Guard Headquarters, visitors to the Marine Safety Center will fall under the same advance notice and screening requirements for visitors to other Coast Guard Headquarters locations. Visits must be scheduled well in advance and will require the submission of personal identifying information about the visitor into the visitor screening system. As such, visitors should plan additional time for advance notice screening and processing when visiting the MSC.

“Our new offices provide the staff with additional space and a fantastic view of the DC skyline. We look forward to showcasing our new office when meeting with the industry submitters and stakeholders in our new location,” said Mauger.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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