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Top medical certificate “awaiting information” reasons in 2021

In this post the NMC presents the general and specific reasons that mariners will receive an awaiting information (AI) letter for medical certificate applications.

Federal Register Notice: Public meeting in preparation for IMO sub-committee on pollution prevention and response meeting

As announced in the Federal Register, the Department of State and the Coast Guard will conduct a public meeting by teleconference at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 to prepare for the ninth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 9) to be held remotely, April 4th-8th, 2022.

Policy Letter: Guidelines for human-supervised testing of remote controlled and autonomous systems on vessels

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) has issued Policy Letter 22-01 “Guidelines for Human-Supervised Testing of Remote Controlled and Autonomous Systems on Vessels” to provide direction and guidance to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) and Captains of the Port (COTP) in response to industry requests seeking to implement remote control and autonomous systems on vessels.

IMO 2022 meeting schedule

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) continues to make a positive impact on safety, security and environmental stewardship in the maritime sector with an aggressive Programme of Meetings for 2022. 

Coast Guard releases Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-22, Acceptance of Novel Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements

The Coast Guard has published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-22,  “Acceptance of Novel Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements.”

MSIB: Ensuring the validity of merchant mariner credentials and endorsements

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-22 “Ensuring the validity of merchant mariner credentials and endorsements” to discuss the process of verifying the validity of merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) for current and prospective employees.

Coast Guard releases results of crab pot icing study

The Coast Guard has released the results of a study of ice accretion and ice accumulation on fishing pots, specifically crab/cod pots used in the Alaska/Bering Sea fishery.

Policy Letters: Vessel determination and credentialing on floating Outer Continental Shelf facilities

The Director of Commercial Regulation and Standards announced in the Federal Register the publication of the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES) Policy Letter 01-22, Determination of Whether a Floating Outer Continental Shelf Facility (FOF) is a Vessel, and the Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing (CG-MMC) Policy Letter 01-22, Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements for Service on Floating Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Facilities.

New fire extinguisher rules for recreational boaters go into effect April 20, 2022

Submitted by the Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety (CG-BSX) Recreational boaters should be aware that on April 20, 2022 updated Coast Guard requirements take effect for the type of […]

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