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Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee announced in the Federal Register that it will meet in Port Huron, Michigan, Sept. 12, 2019 to discuss matters relating to Great Lakes pilotage.

NVIC: Coast Guard roles, responsibilities regarding Offshore Renewable Energy Installations

This NVIC will assist the Coast Guard in providing input to the Lead Agency for environmental review and decision-making purposes. Additionally, this circular provides guidance to members of industry, port safety and security stakeholders, and the public on the Coast Guard’s role and responsibilities in the OREI application process.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Person in charge of fuel oil transfers on an inspected vessel

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the requirements regulating personnel permitted to serve as a person in charge of fuel oil transfers on an inspected vessel by adding the option of using a letter of designation in lieu of a Merchant Mariner Credential with a Tankerman-PIC endorsement.

2019 Guidelines for Oil Spill Removal Organization Classification Program

The major revision in the 2019 guidelines center on realigning the classification program with applicable regulation provisions.

Consumer Price Index adjustments of Oil Pollution Act of 1990 limits of liability

The final rule adjusts the limits of liability for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, as amended, to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index since 2015. These regulatory inflation increases to the limits of liability are required by OPA 90 and are necessary to preserve the deterrent effect and “polluter pays” principle embodied in the Act.

U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-12: Threats to Commercial Vessels by Iran

As a courtesy to our readers, Maritime Commons is sharing the content of  U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-012 to alert our readers that heightened military activity and increased political tensions in the Persian […]

Inland Towing Operators Working Together (ITOW) approved as third party organization under Subchapter M

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) posted on its website Aug. 5, 2019, that the Coast Guard has approved Inland Towing Operators Working Together (ITOW) as a third-party organization (TPO) to carry out certain functions in accordance with Subchapter M. A complete list of all ten Coast Guard approved TPOs can be found on the TPO webpage.

New edition of Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise newsletter now available

This edition provides information to maritime stakeholders and Coast Guard units on a variety of topics, including ICOC exams, safety updates, and more.

Use of wrong materials delivers final blow to burning vessel

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 08-19 to ensure owners/operators understand federal fuel system requirements following the results of an investigation into a deadly fire aboard a casino vessel.

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