Site Policy

Welcome to Coast Guard Maritime Commons, the Coast Guard Blog for Maritime Professionals.

The United States Coast Guard embraces the use of social media and other two-way, online communication vehicles to increase openness and transparency with our constituents as a military, law enforcement and regulatory organization. Coast Guard Maritime Commons posts are disseminated to provide increased awareness of Coast Guard information released to the public. 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.

Official Coast Guard blogs allows us to ‘listen’ to what you have to say and consider your feedback (and the occasional criticism) on how we do business as part of a larger organizational growth process. This engagement is at the core of why the Coast Guard operates in the social media world.

Coast Guard Maritime Commons is produced by the Coast Guard Headquarters Public Relations team with help from Coast Guard maritime professionals throughout the Service, and the occasional post by our senior leaders (including the Commandant of the Coast Guard).

External Link Disclaimer

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Homeland Security or the United States Coast Guard of the linked web sites, or the information, products, or services contained therein.

Endorsement Disclaimer

Blog posts are not meant as a Coast Guard or Department of Homeland Security endorsement of any named company or any product or service offered by a named company.

Coast Guard Maritime Commons Comment Policy

We welcome your comments on postings at all Coast Guard sites/journals. These are sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard to provide a forum to talk about our work providing maritime safety, security and stewardship for the American people to secure the homeland, save lives and property, protect the environment, and promote economic prosperity.

The information provided is for public information only and is not a distress communication channel. People in an emergency and in need of Coast Guard assistance should use VHF Marine Channel 16 (156.8 MHz), dial 911, or call their nearest Coast Guard unit.

All comments submitted are moderated. The Coast Guard retains the discretion to determine which comments it will post and which it will not. We expect all contributors to be respectful. We will not post comments that contain personal attacks of any kind; refer to Coast Guard or other employees by name; contain offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups, or contain vulgar language. We will also not post comments that are spam, are clearly off topic, or that promote services or products.

The U.S. Coast Guard disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from any comments posted on this page. This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

Correction and Update Policy

We work very hard at Coast Guard Maritime Commons to ensure the information we provide our readers is completely accurate and conveyed in the proper context to enhance the public’s appreciation for and knowledge of the United States Coast Guard as well as our people, missions and the issues that impact America’s maritime safety, stewardship and security.

Despite this commitment, we will want to update information in a story or acknowledge that we make mistakes from time to time. When we do, we’ll make every effort to correct and/or update them in a timely manner. Changes to things like spelling and punctuation edits will be made ‘behind the scenes’, but factual or contextual errors, to include names, dates, or places and additional information will be flagged with an “UPDATE” to the post.

As a reader of this blog, we encourage you to reach out if you see something you think we got wrong. You can e-mail the Coast Guard Maritime Commons staff at or just leave a comment on the post and we’ll correct the mistake, or get back to you with an explanation as to why it wasn’t a mistake after all.

If you have specific questions regarding a U.S. Coast Guard program that involves details you do not wish to share publicly, please use one of the contacts listed here.

Privacy Policy

The U.S. Coast Guard will not collect or retain Personally Identifiable Information unless you voluntarily provide it to us. For full details, view the U.S. Coast Guard’s Privacy Policy.

Please note: Anonymous comments have been disabled for this blog. It is preferred that you use your real name when posting a comment. WE WILL POST THE NAME YOU ENTER WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT. Also, you are welcome to use Open ID or other user technologies that may be available.

Website Accessibility Policy

Coast Guard Maritime Commons is designed to provide access to all services and information on our website to all of our readers including persons with disabilites.

To meet this commitment, Coast Guard Maritime Commons complies with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities, who are federal employees or members of the public seeking information for services from the United States Coast Guard, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the information that is available to federal employees or the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the USCG.

Coast Guard Maritime Commons is designed to work with assistive technologies such as screen readers. If you use assistive technology but are unable to access any material on our site, we encourage you to email us with your concerns at Please help us respond to you more efficiently by indicating the nature of your accessibility problem, the format in which you prefer to receive material, and your contact information.

For more information on the United States Coast Guard’s Web Site Accessibility commitment, please visit

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