On March 11, 2021, the Coast Guard in consultation with the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) authorized Recognized Organizations (RO), released a single U.S. Supplement for vessels enrolling in the ACP. The single U.S. Supplement meets the intent set out in the Commandant’s Final Action Memorandum following the tragic loss of the EL FARO and the requirements contained in the Save Our Seas Act of 2018.
CWO Kurt Fredrickson
Coast Guard R&D releases studies examining daytime distress signals and enhanced person-in-the water detection
The Coast Guard has publicly released two studies completed by the Coast Guard’s Research & Development Center as related to Enhanced Person in the Water (ePIW) Detection location devices and daytime distress signal devices.
The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register the establishment of new base pilotage rates for the 2021 shipping season. This final rule will adjust the pilotage rates to account for changes in district operating expenses, an increase in the number of pilots, and anticipated inflation.
The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise has published “Drill Down” issue 16 to highlight Offshore Wind Support Vessels.
The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board concluded the formal public hearing proceedings into the sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Scandies Rose March 5, 2021.
The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise has released its latest issue of “Drill Down” to discuss the USCG’s Port State Information Exchange (PSIX) system as a tool to assist owner/operators (O/O) with the management of their fleet by using the information available in PSIX.
The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has updated the Vessel Cyber Risk Management Work Instruction. The Work Instruction was updated to include a compliance timeline for Non Safety Management System vessels that are subject to the Marine Transportation Safety Act of 2002.
The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal hearing starting Monday February 22 in Edmonds, Wash., to consider evidence related to the sinking of the fishing vessel Scandies Rose. The formal hearing is scheduled to convene daily at 8 A.M. PST on weekdays, February 22 through March 5.
The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards has published a revised 2021 Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program (STEP) Application Package.