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CWO Kurt Fredrickson

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 […]

MSIB: Exemptions to TWIC requirements related to COVID-19 – Update (Change 1)

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 13-20 – (Change 1) “Transportation Worker Identification Credential Operations – Change 1” to update temporary exemptions to credential expiration related to COVID-19.

Crediting Recent Sea Service of Personnel Serving on Vessels of the Uniformed Services

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 […]

Work Instruction: Laid up Inspected/Examined Vessels

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published Work Instruction CVC-WI-018(1), “Laid up Inspected/Examined Vessels.” This work instruction outlines the process of laying up inspected and examined commercial vessels and provides greater consistency […]

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificate to oneTank, LLC.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 35th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast WaterManagement System Type Approval Certificate to oneTank, LLC after a detailed reviewof the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the […]

Recap of Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee meeting

The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee held a successful meeting on September 1st in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This in-person meeting was a collaborative discussion among representatives for shipping, terminal operators, labor, pilots, and the public.

End of Reporting for Bulk Dry Cargo Residue Discharges into U.S. waters of the Great Lakes

The Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES) would like to clarify for the maritime community the February 28, 2015, sunset provision in Title 33 CFR 151.66. Vessel owners and operators are no longer required to submit to the Coast Guard quarterly reports of their discharges of bulk dry cargo residues into U.S. waters of the Great Lakes, or to use the official Form CG-33.

Work Instruction: Risk Based Fishing Vessel Exam Program Work Instruction

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published Work Instruction CVC-WI-025(1), “Risk Based Fishing Vessel Exam Program,” Aug. 21, 2020. This work instruction outlines Coast Guard initiatives to promote increased safety within the commercial fishing industry on vessels viewed as high-risk.

Merchant Mariner Credential Examinations during COVID-19 – Update

The National Maritime Center has released an update on the Mariner Credential Examination process related to COVID-19 restrictions.

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