The Coast Guard has been continuing to strengthen its joint regulatory oversight and compliance schemes with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to ensure a consistent approach to the OCS oil and gas industry. In this post, Eighth District OCS OCMI Capt. Russell Holmes provides an update on the latest projects, including the cancellation of a policy letter on floating facility life extension requests.
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The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet Sept. 10-11, 2019, in Galveston, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
The major revision in the 2019 guidelines center on realigning the classification program with applicable regulation provisions.
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.
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.