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Important information for vessels traveling from regions affected by recent Coronavirus outbreak

The Coast Guard Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Response Office issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin to provide information to vessel owners/operators regarding the recent coronavirus outbreak.

National Maritime Center: Updates to mariner examination process for 2020

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website announcing the following changes to the mariner examination process at its Regional Exam Centers. The changes take affect April 6, 2020.

Notice of public meeting: IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response

The Department of State will conduct an open public meeting Jan. 23, 2020, led by the Coast Guard, to prepare for the seventh session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom in February.

Recommendation for immediate patching for critical vulnerabilities on Microsoft Windows Operating System

For the convenience of our readers, the Office of Port and Facility Compliance is sharing information recently released through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency regarding fixes for a critical vulnerability identified in Microsoft’s handling of certificates.

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

The Marine Safety Center received an application for type approval for the ECS-Hychlor Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Techcross Inc.

Extension of comment period for Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is extending the comment period for the notice of study and request for comments for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast until June 30, 2020.

Request for membership applications: National Towing Safety Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard is accepting applications until March 16, 2020, for membership on the recently established National Towing Safety Advisory Committee.

Seafarers’ Shore Access: Important dates to remember

Each facility owner or operator must implement a system for providing access through the facility that enables individuals to transit to and from a moored vessel in accordance with guidelines found in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Latest ‘Drill Down’ – Class 1 watertight doors


Class 1 watertight doors are a critical part of a vessel’s watertight subdivision, and, consequently, a crucial part of damage stability considerations. This issue of Drill Down explores the mechanics, materials, and inspection considerations of the gasket material of Class 1 WTDs.

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