The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 21st U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to COSCO Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.
The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has updated the Mission Management System CV-WI-010(2), Work Instruction for OCMI guidance on special consideration for inspected towing vessels.
Federal Register Notice: Notice of public meeting in preparation for the IMO’s 122nd session of IMO’s Council
The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct an open meeting in Washington, D.C., in preparation for the upcoming 122nd sessoin of IMO Council being held in the United Kingdom July 11-15, 2019. This meeting is open to the public. Those desiring to attend this public meeting should contact the U.S. Coast Guard by July 8, 2019.
Automatic Identification Systems that are non-compliant with adopted international standards can confuse, degrade or even disrupt other users’ systems. The FCC has issued an enforcement advisory stating the use of non-compliant AIS devices is illegal.
The Coast Guard recently concluded a year-long concentrated inspection campaign focused on open lifeboats throughout the U.S. commercial fleet. This campaign was directed in the final action memo on the 2015 sinking of the S.S. El Faro.
The Coast Guard has released Findings of Concern 008-19. Investigators identified several measures to be implemented on vessels in similar service to mitigate risks.
5/7/2019: Congressional hearing alert – Maritime infrastructure vulnerabilities in an emerging Arctic
U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant Adm. Charles W. Ray will testify at a Congressional hearing focused on the Arctic May 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. Eastern. He will testify before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee about maritime infrastructure vulnerabilities in the Arctic region.
5/6/2019: Mitigation efforts due to lapse in fiscal year 2019 appropriations and partial government shutdown
Due to a continued backlog of credential applications and increased net processing time of both mariner credential applications and medical certificate applications caused by the lapse in appropriations and shutdown of National Maritime Center operations, several updated actions are being taken. These actions involve merchant mariner credentials and certain medical certificates.
5/6/2019: Notice requesting comments on collection of information under review by Office of Management and Budget
The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register it is seeking comments on whether an Information Collection Request should be granted based on the collection being necessary for the proper performance of departmental functions. Comments must be received by June 5, 2019.