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Cruise Ship NCOE Industry Notice 21-01: Cruise Ship Medical Standards

The Cruise Ship NCOE has issued Industry Notice 21-01 to provide information to owners and operators within the cruise industry regarding new requirements established with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395).

Policy Letter: Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination COVID-19 Guidance

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Policy Letter 21-02 “Foreign
Passenger Vessel Examination COVID-19 Guidance” to provide guidance to the Cruise Ship National
Center of Expertise and Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection on Coast Guard examination requirements
for all foreign cruise ships seeking to resume suspended operations within U.S. ports due to the COVID-
19 pandemic.

MSIB: Exemptions to TWIC requirements related to COVID-19 – Update (Change 3)

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 13-20 – (Change 3) “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Operations – Change 3” to provide updates to TWIC Reader Rule implementation and enforcement.

Notice of Public Meeting: 45th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Facilitation Committee

The Department of State will conduct a public meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, by way of teleconference. The primary purpose of this meeting is to prepare for the forty fifth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Facilitation Committee (FAL 45) to be held virtually from Tuesday, June 1, to Friday, June 4, 2021, and on Monday, June 7, 2021.

Mask requirement for persons aboard vessels

The Coast Guard continues to work closely with the CDC for maritime related issues and confirmed with the CDC that the CDC requirements in Marine Safety Information Bulletin
(MISB) 02-21 Change 1 remains the most current guidance.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) Type Approval Certificate to Wuxi Brightsky Electronic Co., Ltd.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 42nd U.S. Coast Guard BWMS Type Approval Certificate to Wuxi Brightsky Electronic Co., Ltd. after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application […]

Notice of proposed rulemaking: Update to Electrical Engineering Regulations

The Coast Guard published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on April 22, 2021 to update the electrical engineering regulations for commercial vessels in 46 CFR Subchapter J, Parts 110-113.

MSIB: Worldwide Navigational Warnings Service

The Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 05-21 to provide a brief overview of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Worldwide Navigational Warnings Service.

Ship Structure Committee unveils re-discovered historical films

The Ship Structure Committee (SSC) has published three historical films depicting maritime acidents recently re-discovered in the archives at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.

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