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Coast Guard Regulated Facility Compliance Program manual now available

The manual is a collection of facility compliance information from other sources, such as Marine Safety Manual Vol. II, directives, and policy letters. The manual formalizes existing best practices and provides amplifying information to Coast Guard personnel on oversight and management of facility compliance programs and activities conducted as part of those programs.

Recap of the 7th Session of IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response

Capt. Sean Brady, Chief of the Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards, led the U.S. delegation, comprised of members from the Coast Guard, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Transportation, and technical advisors from State and private sectors.

Final Rule: TWIC – Reader Requirements; Delay of Effective Date

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it has issued its final rule, “TWIC – Reader Requirements; Delay of Effective Date.” This final rule delays implementation of TWIC readers for three years at facilities that handle certain dangerous cargoes (CDC) while allowing reader requirements for large passenger vessel facilities and one specific large passenger vessel to move forward.

FAQs: TWIC Reader Requirements; Delay of Effective Date Final Rule

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance has compiled the most frequently asked questions received from both facility owners/operators and Coast Guard facility inspectors, in order to assist facilities compliance with the TWIC – Reader Requirements; Delay of Effective Date Final Rule. Those FAQs are provided here for the convenience of our readers.

MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 1)

The Coast Guard Director of Emergency Management published an update March 9, 2020 to Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20, “Novel Coronavirus.”

Marine industry internship program helps Coast Guard stay in tune with industry

The Marine Industry Training program launched in 1948 and gives participants the chance to step outside of their roles in the Coast Guard and shadow industry or inter-agency partners.

MSIB: EU ship recycling regulation and U.S. flagged vessels

The Coast Guard recommends that the owners / operators of impacted ships take early action to comply with the EU Ship Recycling Regulation.

Practice makes permanent: Does your crew know what’s in your TSMS?

Editor’s note: This blog post was updated March 10, 2020 at 8:04 a.m. to correct an error.

A representative from the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance joined several members of the professional maritime community Feb. 25, 2020, for an American Waterways Operators webinar, “Safety Know-How: Helping Your Crewmembers Embrace and Understand Your TSMS,” to offer best practices and lessons learned on ways to ensure towing vessel crews are familiar with their company’s Towing Vessel Safety Management System. In this post, we share a summary as well as a link to the audio file for the benefit of our readers.

Coast Guard announces Underway Foreign Passenger Vessel Course Examiner Contracting Opportunity

The U.S. Coast Guard Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise has a requirement for a cruise vessel of at least 70,000 gross tons to host three (3) Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Courses on board a vessel while underway. All services shall be conducted on board a cruise ship departing from either Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, or Canaveral, Florida.

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