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Marine Safety Alert: Lithium battery fire

The Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis has released Marine Safety Alert 01-22, to increase awareness of these hazards of transporting lithium batteries.

MSIB: COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System: Change-4

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-21 Change 4 “COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System”. Change-4 to this MSIB reflects that the CDC has issued no new guidance for maritime travel and continues to require mask wear in indoor areas of conveyances and US transportation hubs. All previous guidance outlined in MSIB 03-21 CH-3 remains in effect.

Hazardous Weather Outlook service extended to the Eastern Pacific Ocean

In coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the U.S. Coast Guard is pleased to announce the addition of a new Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO) service that covers the Eastern Pacific Ocean. 

Policy Letter Update – Guidance on the audit scheme for vessels using a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) has announced the update to Policy Letter 18-01, CH.1, Guidance on the Audit Scheme for Vessels Using a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) Option. 

Federal Register Notice: National Boating Safety Advisory Committee meeting

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee and its Subcommittees will meet in Annapolis, MD to discuss matters relating to recreational boating safety. The meeting will be open to the public via a virtual platform. There is also limited in-person access.

5 urgent cybersecurity actions for executives

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently posted 5 urgent focus areas for every CEO to consider regarding the ongoing threat of cyber-attacks to U.S. infrastructure and businesses.

Work Instruction update – “Request for Recognized Organization Internal Quality Management System Review – Quality Case”

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) has released an update to Work Instruction (WI)-005, Request for Recognized Organization (RO) Internal Quality Management System (QMS) Review—Quality Case.  

Foreign Passenger Vessel Initial Certificate of Compliance (ICOC) Work Instruction

The Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) has published Industry Notice 22-01 to announce the release of the Foreign Passenger Vessel Initial Certificate of Compliance (ICOC) Work Instruction Guide for Conducting ICOC Exams.

National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee appoints additional new member

The Coast Guard announces the appointment of Deyne Umphress to serve as a member of the National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (N-MERPAC) representing qualified members of the engine department.

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