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MSIB: Exemptions to TWIC requirements related to COVID-19

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 13-20 “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Operations” to clarify temporary exemptions to credential expiration related to COVID-19.

Ship Structure Committee Publishes Finite Element Analysis Guide: SSC-475

The Ship Structure Committee announces the publication of a new report, SSC-475, titled “Guidelines for Evaluation of Marine Finite Element Analyses.”

MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Vessel and Facility Response Plans

The Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy has released Marine Safety Information Bulletin 12-20 as a reminder to facility owners or operators to ensure their facility response plans remain effective.

2019 Port State Control Annual Report Posted

The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance is pleased to announce the release of the U.S. Port State Control Annual Report for 2019.

MSIB: Novel Coronovirus – Mariner Credentials – Update (Change 1)

The Coast Guard has published MSIB 08-20 to provide guidance concerning mariner credentials and medical certificates and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19).

MSIB: Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers

The Coast Guard has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 11-20 to provide further clarification when making determinations regarding which MTS workers are considered essential in regions impacted by COVID-19 quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.

MSIB: Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements

The Office of Investigations and Analysis writes about the challenges facing employers to conduct mandatory drug testing during the COVID-19 pandemic response. In this article they explain options to maintain compliance in this challenging environment.

MSIB 09-20 Vessel Inspections, Exams, and Documentation

The Coast Guard has released guidance regarding its current position on commercial vessel compliance activities during the COVID-19 response.

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