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Maritime Sector Coordinating Council established

Sector Coordinating Councils are self-organized and self-governed councils that enable critical infrastructure owners and operators, their trade associations, and other industry representatives to interact on a wide range of sector specific strategies, polices, and activities.

Unlicensed charters are bad news for everyone

Photo of an inspection sticker that should be on a CG licensed/inspected passenger vessel

Hiring an unlicensed charter is dangerous because the charter may not have the proper emergency safety gear, navigation and communication gear, and may not have undergone the proper license exams and inspections which are put in place to ensure passenger and crew safety.

New Policy Letter: Equivalency Determination – Fire pumps for Subchapter C and Subchapter M towing vessels

This policy letter provides guidance on the use of fixed fire pumps in lieu of portable fire pumps on vessels 65 feet or less.

New resources available on Outer Continental Shelf Nat’l Center of Expertise website

Collage of photos depicting operations on the outer continental shelf

Resources include regulations, policy, and guidance, and frequently asked questions for those who work on the OCS.

Coast Guard seeks participants for Straits of Mackinac ports and waterways assessment workshop

The Coast Guard will select participants based on their waterway expertise and to create a broad cross-section of Straits of Mackinac waterways users and stakeholders. The workshop will be held in St. Ignace, Michigan, July 24-15.

Outer Continental Shelf hurricane guidance for 2019 season now published

Eighth district logo

The District Eight Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection published its reporting requirements for the upcoming hurricane season. Reports of personnel remaining offshore will allow the Eighth District to prepare for potential post-storm search and rescue operations.

MSIB 04-19: Cyber Adversaries Targeting Commercial Vessels

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 04-19, “Cyber Adversaries Targeting Commercial Vessels,” to inform the maritime industry of recent email phishing and malware intrusion attempts that targeted commercial vessels. Cyber adversaries are attempting to gain sensitive information including the content of an official Notice of Arrival (NOA) using email addresses that pose as an official Port State Control (PSC) authority.

Coast Guard seeks applicants for Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee positions

Applications for seven positions coming vacant in June must be received by July 29, 2019.

Outer Continental Shelf industry day in New Orleans June 21

Industry day is an informal exchange of information and ideas between Federal agencies and offshore oil and gas industry stakeholders intended to advance safe, secure, and environmentally sound OCS operations. Presentations at this event will address both regional and national issues that impact offshore worker safety and environmental protection.

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