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IMO Announces 2020 Exceptional Bravery at Sea Awards

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has awarded the 2020 Awards for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to Mr. Mario Santos Teixeira and Mr. Fabio Rodrigues Alves de Abreu, members of the Sao Paulo Pilots, as well as Petty Officer Second Class Ralph Ofalla Barajan of the Philippine Coast Guard.

Performing a VHF Marine Radio Check

The Coast Guard Inspections and Compliance Directorate has issued MSIB 20-20 to inform mariners of the proper procure for performing a VHF radio check.

Subchapter M virtual training now available online

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise is pleased to announce virtual Subchapter M training is now available on the TVNCOE website.

Amendments to MARPOL 73/78 accepting electronic record books

On October 1, 2020, amendments to MARPOL 73/78 entered into force permitting vessels to electronically record discharges, transfers, and other reportable operations required under Annexes I, II, V and VI in Electronic Record Books (ERB); see IMO Resolution MEPC.314(74). Coast Guard Port State Control Officers (PSCO) and Marine Inspectors will begin examining ERBs in a similar manner as written record books.

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

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received two applications for Ballast WaterManagement System (BWMS) type approval for the SKF BlueSonic BWMSmanufactured by SKF Marine GmbH, and the PureBallast 2.0 BWMS manufactured byAlfa […]

MSIB: Malicious email spoofing incidents

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published MSIB 19-20 “Malicious email spoofing incidents” to highlight several recent cyber events involving increasingly sophisticated malicious email spoofing techniques within the Marine Transportation System (MTS).

MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Mariner Credentials – Update (Change 4)

The Coast Guard has posted Change 4 to MSIB 08-20, titled COVID-19 – Mariner Credentials, which updates information on extensions to merchant mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals.

Rajiv Khandpur, Chief, Office of Waterways Management and Ocean Policy to retire after 30 years of service

Please join me in sending best wishes for fair winds and following seas to Mr. Rajiv Khandpur as he retires on September 30th from the Coast Guard after 30 years of significant and accomplished service.

Policy Letter: Multiple Independent Labs for Type Approval Testing of Ballast Water Management Systems

The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards has published a final Policy Letter on using multiple Independent Laboratories for evaluating Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). This clarifies the intent of […]

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