The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) is hosting a working group webinar on COVID-19 vaccines for the marine transportation system workforce.
CWO Kurt Fredrickson
The Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) published its winter edition, with a new name and look. The newsletter serves to provide useful information on the national and international policies as well as highlight success stories, best practices and achievements in the field.
On February 1, 2021, the Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 02-21, COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Marine Transportation System. Since the release of the MSIB, the Coast Guard received numerous questions regarding the applicability of the mask mandate.
The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal hearing starting Monday February 22 in Edmonds Wash., to consider evidence related to the sinking of the fishing vessel Scandies Rose.
The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-21 “COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System” to provide information related to the requirement of all persons traveling on all commercial vessels to wear a mask.
The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) encourages mariners from all segments of the U.S. maritime industry to take ten minutes to anonymously complete the “Mariner Mental Health Needs during Covid-19” online survey at https://redcap.link/mariners.
Policy Letter: Exercise of enforcement discretion with regard to MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 22.214.171.124.1
The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has published Policy Letter 21-01: “Exercise of enforcement discretion with regard to MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 126.96.36.199.1” to outline how the U.S. Coast Guard will enforce MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 188.8.131.52.1, the Tier III NOx limits, for certain engines installed on recreational vessels above 24 meters in length and less than 500 gross tonnage (“large recreational vessels”).
The Ship Structure Committee announces the publication of a new report, SSC-476, titled “Design and Performance Evaluation Methods for Crack Arrestor Enhanced Aluminum Marine Structures”.
The Coast Guard has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-21 to assist mariners in identifying ways to improve their stability awareness.