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Coast Guard, European Commission sign memorandum to improve oversight of mutually recognized organizations

The Memorandum provides a framework for sharing and coordinating information, activities and best practices for oversight of recognized organizations that carry out inspection and certification of commercial vessels on behalf of both the United States and European Union.

Recap of 7th session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) held its 7th session at IMO headquarters in London last month. Key topics discussed included carriage of industrial personnel, subdivision and damage stability, and intact stability criteria.

Coast Guard convenes Marine Board of Investigation into loss of F/V Scandies Rose

The Coast Guard announced in a news release Feb. 28, 2020, that it has convened a marine board of investigation into the loss of the fishing vessel Scandies Rose and five of its seven crewmembers. A marine board of investigation is the highest level of investigation in the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard officer named among “Top 100 Women in Shipping”

In February, published a “Top 100 Women in Shipping” in recognition of International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day 2019 theme, “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.” Among the respected, influential, and deserving women named on the Top 100 list was U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Eustacia “Staci” Weist from the Commercial Regulations and Standards Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

MSIB on Certificate of Documentation delays cancelled

The Coast Guard is cancelling MSIB 03-19 because the NVDC is current with processing of COD renewal requests for both commercial and recreational vessels.

Towing Vessel Nat’l Center of Expertise now offering customizable Subchapter M training programs

The training hub is geared toward industry compliance officers or operators, Third Party Organization representatives, and Coast Guard marine inspectors. Training modules are based on the latest policy and Coast Guard perspective on the selected topics.

Membership applications sought for National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard is requesting applications from individuals interested in membership on the National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee. This recently established committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to the safe and secure marine transportation of hazardous materials.

Department of State issues emergency travel advisory

For the convenience of our readers, Maritime Commons is sharing a link to a Department of State travel emergency alert released Feb. 20, 2020, regarding cruise ship travel and the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Subchapter M enforcement posture for COI phase in requirements

This policy letter provides guidance regarding the enforcement posture for towing vessels’ COI phase-in requirements within 46 CFR §136.202.

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