Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure are a growing concern for many organizations across the globe. The Marine Transportation System is no different and has been a target of attacks, with recent network breaches, data thefts, and denial-of-service attacks. Exploited vulnerabilities can vary from the basic, such as the lack of passwords or use of default-only passwords, to configuration issues and software flaws. To achieve the level of protection and resilience needed for critical control system networks, security needs to mature from a piecemeal collection of technologies to effective cyber security governance. This includes the ability to detect abnormal behavior and prevent attacks while providing the organization with meaningful forensics to investigate breaches when they occur.
LT Amy Midgett
10/21/2016: Update to requirements for vessels with registry endorsements or foreign-flagged vessels that perform certain aquaculture support operations
The Coast Guard announces that it has received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an information collection request associated with the Requirements for Vessels with Registry Endorsements or Foreign-Flagged Vessels that Perform Certain Aquaculture Support Operations final rule we published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2016.
During last week’s cybersecurity awareness discussion, we addressed the importance of instilling a cyber security governance framework within your organization to better identify and mitigate cyber risk. We stated a cornerstone of the cyber security governance is building resilience. Considering the increased trend of cyber breaches and attacks, it is no surprise that companies are heavily focused on enhancing their resiliency posture. No amount of planning or investment can make an organization’s cyber defenses completely secure, but developing a vigorous resiliency plan may prevent outages of critical systems and functions by cyber incidents or unexpected failures of IT/OT systems. Read the full post to learn more!
The Coast Guard proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges using the methodology instituted in 2016. The changes would take effect 30 days after publication of a final rule. Rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes were last revised in March 2016 and, by law, must be reviewed annually.
In February 2016 the Coast Guard released Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-16: Use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts and publications. Through our own evaluation and a review of stakeholder feedback, we are aware that it has not allowed certain existing equipment to replace paper charts. Therefore, we are working to amend this policy and update third-party consensus standards.
7/22/2016: Final Rule – Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection and Extinguishing Equipment.
The Coast Guard published a final rule on the Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection and Extinguishing Equipment. This rule is the fifth installment of the Coast Guard’s effort to update its regulations to reflect advances in technology and to harmonize its regulations with national and international consensus standards. These changes should afford greater safety while giving the marine industry clearer direction, more flexibility, and more cost-effective fire protection.
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee. The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland Security through the Coast Guard Commandant on matters relating to Great Lakes pilotage, including review of proposed Great Lakes pilotage regulations and policies.
The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 11-16 to provide clarifying information on suspension of development of an Alternate Safety Compliance Program (ASCP), and instead, the development of an Enhanced Oversight Program (EOP) and Safety Guidelines for Commercial Fishing Vessels.
The Coast Guard issued a safety alert to remind all vessel operators to routinely inspect their lifejackets to ensure they are suitable for service. Recently Coast Guard inspectors discovered over 60 lifejackets that were required to be removed and destroyed. It was discovered that the unicellular foam buoyant material within the nylon outer shell had degraded significantly over time, broke apart, crumbled and in some instances was reduced to dust. The lifejackets were properly stored, kept dry, and not under direct sunlight; however, the location was very hot at times.