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1/10/2017: Update to Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines

The Coast Guard is reopening the comment period on the draft Alternate Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines. The available draft is the same as that which was made available for comment in May 2016. The APC Guidelines would provide the maritime industry with updated information on the development and submission of an APC request made pursuant to existing regulations. In addition to providing guidance to vessel owners and operators on developing APC requests, the APC Guidelines would also facilitate consistency in the review of APC requests by Coast Guard personnel.

1/9/2017: Release of Completed Voluntary Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Vessels

Today, the Coast Guard is releasing and making available the revised and completed version of the “Voluntary Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Vessels.” Subsequent to the release of the working version of the document in November 2016, the Coast Guard received feedback, comments, and recommendations from several fishing associations and other interested parties. Those responses were considered and incorporated into the revised version where recommended.

1/9/2017: Polar Code – MARPOL Applicability

On January 1, 2017 the Polar Code entered into force. The Polar Code builds upon MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV and V as well as SOLAS requirements. The Code applies to vessels which operate in polar waters, as defined in the applicable sections of MARPOL. Unlike the SOLAS applicability, there is not an extended implementation date for existing vessels. The MARPOL provisions became mandatory for all vessels operating in polar waters on January 1, 2017.

1/6/2017: Marine Safety Information Bulletin – 2014 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 001-17, 2014 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, to describe how U.S. vessels, through existing national laws and regulations, collective bargaining agreements and established industry practices, conform to the above mentioned MLC provisions and how they will be integrated into the existing voluntary inspection program that was established through the related Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 02-13.

1/6/2017: Coast Guard approves Subchapter M Third Party Organizations

On January 3, 2017, the Coast Guard approved several Third Party Organizations (TPOs) in accordance with 46 CFR 139.115 to carry out functions described in 46 CFR Subchapter M.

1/6/2017: Risk-based decision making for small passenger vessel annual inspection activity

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued policy letter 16-05, which provides operational flexibility to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMIs) through guidance that authorizes the utilization of a risk-based approach to prioritize and manage passenger vessel annual activity.

1/5/2017: US will follow IMO recommendation for enforcement of STCW 2010 amendments (transitional provisions)

In November 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee issued MSC circular (MSC.1/Circ.1560), which outlined the difficulties that have been encountered by Administrations and seafarers in meeting the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW). Due to these difficulties, the IMO recommended that this situation be taken into account when taking action under the control procedures in Article X and Regulation I/4 of the STCW Convention. After a review of the impacts on the maritime industry, individual mariners and the related IMO guidance, the United States has chosen to follow the IMO recommendation for delayed enforcement actions resulting from the new credentialing standards.

1/4/2017: Marine Safety Engineering Fall 2016 newsletter

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Engineering community, a segment of the Commercial Regulations and Standards Directorate, just released their Fall 2016 newsletter focused on marine environmental protection.

1/3/2017: Safety alert – Importance of following safety procedures

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Alert 01-17 to remind owners and operators of vessels of the importance of following established safety management system procedures.

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