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MSIB 005-19: Shipping industry notification to U.S. government of non-availability of compliant fuel oil

Effective immediately, owners and operators of vessels operating in the North American or U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area that are unable to acquire sufficient MARPOL Annex VI compliant fuel oil at a foreign or U.S. port may satisfy the requirement to notify the competent authority of the relevant port of destination by notifying the cognizant U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port.

Marine Safety Center receives new application for ballast water management system type-approval

The Marine Safety Center received its 26th application for type approval for the Blue Ocean Shield Ballast Water Management System manufactured by COSCO Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.

Coast Guard presents public service award to long-time mariner advocate

Rear Adm. Steven Andersen, the Coast Guard’s Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel, presented Mr. Douglas Stevenson with a Meritorious Public Service Award, to honor his outstanding contributions to the United States Coast Guard and to all the mariners who make their living at sea.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Cathelco Ltd

The Marine Safety Center issued the 20th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Cathelco Ltd, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

‘Findings of Concern’ focuses on the hazards of corrosion

The Coast Guard issues findings of concern to disseminate information related to unsafe conditions identified as causal factors in a marine casualty and that may cause a similar casualty on other vessels. Findings of concern are intended to educate the public, state, or local agencies about the conditions discovered so they may address the findings with an appropriate voluntary action or highlight existing applicable company policies or state/local regulations.

Recap of Center for Offshore Safety’s session with Coast Guard Eighth District Commander

Coast Guard Eighth District Commander Rear Adm. Paul Thomas joined Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle during this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, May 6-9. The session, moderated by Charlie Williams with Center for Offshore Safety, was part of COS’s Senior Regulatory Leadership Perspective series.

Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities: Frequently Asked Questions

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The Office of Port and Facility Compliance has compiled the most frequently asked questions received from both facility owners/operators and Coast Guard marine inspectors, in order to assist facilities comply with 33 CFR §105.237, Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities regulation.

Notice of Public Meeting in Preparation for the IMO Technical Cooperation Committee’s 69th Session

This public meeting will be held Thursday, June 20, 2019, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Time, at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Marine Radar Observer Refresher Training Final Rule and policy letter published

Mariners who have served on radar-equipped vessels in a position that routinely uses radar for 1 year in the previous 5 years for navigation and collision avoidance purposes, and mariners who have taught a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar course at least twice within the past 5 years will no longer be required to complete a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar refresher or re-certification course in order to renew their radar observer endorsements.

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