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Policy Letter: Exercise of enforcement discretion with regard to MARPOL Annex VI Regulation

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has published Policy Letter 21-01: “Exercise of enforcement discretion with regard to MARPOL Annex VI Regulation” to outline how the U.S. Coast Guard will enforce MARPOL Annex VI Regulation, 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”).

Ship Structure Committee Publishes Report on Crack Arrestor Enhanced Aluminum Structures: SSC-476

Report cover SSC-476

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”.

MSIB: Improving Fishing Vessel Stability

The Coast Guard has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-21 to assist mariners in identifying ways to improve their stability awareness.

Notice of proposed Rulemaking: Safety Management Systems for Domestic Passenger Vessels

The Coast Guard is evaluating the potential use of Safety Management Systems (SMSs) to improve safety and reduce marine casualties on board U.S.-flagged passenger vessels. The Coast Guard is seeking public input and responses to specific questions on the feasibility, applicability, and nature of SMSs for potential use on U.S.-flagged passenger vessels. Comments and related material must be received on or before April 15, 2021.

Federal Register Notice: National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee; Vacancy

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register the re-solicitation of applications from persons interested in membership on the National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (Committee) to represent the viewpoint of those credentialed with ratings as a qualified member of the engine department.

Federal Register Notice: Guidelines for Obtaining STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations

As a courtesy to our audience, Maritime Commons will provide a daily compilation of nationally-relevant Federal Register Notices, or those notices that may impact a large segment of our readers. To provide […]

Coast Guard announces Guard Underway Foreign Passenger Vessel Course Examiner Contracting Opportunity

The Coast Guard has posted on the contracting opportunity for the Underway Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course. The United States Coast Guard Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) has a […]

Update to NVIC 02-19, Guide to Marine Equipment Approvals Covered by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-19 (Ch 1) “Change 1 to Guide to Marine Equipment Approvals Covered by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRAs),” Jan. 1, 2021.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 39 th U.S. Coast Guard BWMS Type Approval Certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

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