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Policy letter: Carriage of lithium-ion batteries on small passenger vessels

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has published Policy Letter 20-03: “Carriage of Lithium-Ion Batteries on Small Passenger Vessels” to provide guidance regarding carriage of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries on small passenger vessels […]

MSIB: VRP-ACP Relationships in Pacific Northwest Region – Changes to Area Contingency Planning Construct

The Office of Marine Environmental Response has published MSIB 23-20 to alert all vessel response plan (VRP) holders with vessels operating within the Oregon and Washington federal navigable waterways of structural changes to the area contingency planning construct and physical location of applicable Area Contingency Plans (ACPs).

MSIB: FRP-ACP Relationships in Pacific Northwest Region – Changes to Area Contingency Planning Construct

The Office of Marine Environmental Response has published MSIB 22-20 to alert all facility response plan (FRP) holders with facilities operating within the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Columbia River and Sector Puget Sound Captain of the Port (COTP) Zones of structural changes to the area contingency planning construct and physical location of applicable Area Contingency Plans (ACPs).

Commercial Diving Operations-Equivalent Levels of Safety Policy Letter

The Coast Guard has announced in the Federal Register the availability of CG-OES Policy Letter 02-20, Commercial Diving Operations—Equivalent Levels of Safety.

Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2021 Annual Review and Revisions to Methodology

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that, in accordance with the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, it is proposing new base pilotage rates for the 2021 shipping season.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Elite Marine Corporation

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Centerissued the 36thU.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Elite Marine Corporation, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

Marine Safety Center receives new application for Ballast Water Management System type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received an application for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval for the KURITA Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Kurita Water Industries Ltd. MSC will review the […]

Survival Craft Equipment-Update to Type Approval Requirements

The United States Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is proposing to update the type approval requirements for certain types of equipment that survival craft are required to carry on U.S.-flagged vessels.

Recap of 2020 Spill of National Significance executive seminar

Meeting of principles at the SONS Executive Seminar.

Maritime Commons virtually attended the 2020 Spill of National Significance Executive Seminar and is providing a summary of the discussions among federal executives in attendance in order to inform our readers what to expect about how the government operates under the various response regulations and frameworks in play during a SONS.

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