The Coast Guard Navigation Center released 2017 Light List products.
LT Katie Braynard
1/23/2017: LGC NCOE works with LNG shipping company to train Coast Guard personnel on Liquefied Gas Carrier Instrumentation
The Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise works with the private sector to train Coast Guard personnel on liquefied gas carrier cargo instrumentation systems.
The Coast Guard proposes to amend the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty, and for reporting a type of marine casualty called a “serious marine incident” (SMI).
1/19/2017: Best practices for improving the operation, development of GPS equipment used by critical infrastructure
The Coast Guard Navigation Center posted a notice announcing that the unclassified paper Best Practices for Improving the Operation and Development of GPS Equipment Used by Critical Infrastructure, co-authored by the National Cybersecurity & and Communications Integration Center, and National Coordinating Center for Communication, is available for download.
The Coast Guard National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) posted a notice stating that eNOAD submitters should immediately discontinue the use of rich-text (RTF) and HTML formats for eNOAD submissions via email. Continued use of these email formats may cause serious delays. It is imperative that all eNOAD submissions sent to the NVMC parser (firstname.lastname@example.org) arrive in plain-text email format.
1/17/2017: Cyber reporting included in updated Coast Guard policy on Reporting Suspicious Activity and Breaches of Security
The Coast Guard recently published CG-5P Policy Letter 08-16: Reporting Suspicious Activity and Breaches of Security, which outlines the criteria and process for suspicious activity (SA) and breach of security (BoS) reporting.
The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee will meet on February 28, March 1, and March 2, 2017, in Houston to discuss committee matters relating to the safe and secure marine transportation of hazardous materials. These meetings will be open to the public.
1/13/2017: FCC proposes to cease operating as an accounting authority for settling accounts for maritime mobile and maritime mobile-satellite radio services
On Dec. 30, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking reaffirming its earlier decision to withdraw as an accounting authority of last resort in the maritime mobile and maritime mobile-satellite radio services and to transfer its functions and duties as an accounting authority to private accounting authorities. FCC’s withdrawal as a maritime accounting authority is expected to affect users of Inmarsat terminals, particularly legacy terminals such as those required to be carried onboard ship under Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) regulations, as well as mariners who use ship-to-shore marine radiotelephone operator services of remaining VHF and HF public coast stations.
The Coast Guard published Marine Environmental Response Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-17, which clarifies three items pertaining to Remote Access and Consultation (RAC) drills.