Category: Commercial Vessel Compliance

Work Instruction update: Alternate testing methods of overspeed protection on electronically controlled engines

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) released work instruction CVC-WI-011(1) to provide guidance to Coast Guard marine inspectors for alternative testing methods of overspeed protection on electronically controlled engines.

Work Instruction update: MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14 compliance, & Global Sulfur Fuel Oil Sulfur Cap enforcement

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) released work instruction CVC-WI-022 to provide guidance to Coast Guard marine inspectors and port state control officers for ensuring vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14. Additionally, this work instruction cancels CG-CVC Policy Letter 12-04 Change 1, and includes a Job Aid as an enclosure.

Waste Reception Facilities Series Part 4: Fishing ports and Certificates of Adequacy

In the last post of our series on Waste Reception Facility regulatory requirements, the Facility Safety Branch staff discusses how MARPOL 73/78 governing waste reception facilities applies to the three different categories of commercial fishing ports.

Marine Safety Center receives new application for ballast water management system type approval

The Marine Safety Center received an application for type approval for the ECS-Hychlor Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Techcross Inc.

Waste Reception Facility Series Part 3: Waivers and alternatives

In Part 3 of our series on Waste Reception Facility regulatory requirements, the Facility Safety Branch staff discusses waivers and alternatives, which allow the ports/terminals and the Captains of the Port to identify alternative means of ensuring they meet the intent of MARPOL 73/78.

Waste Reception Facility Series Part 2: Services provided by 3rd party contractors

As discussed in the first blog of this series, when applying for a Certificate of Adequacy (COA), the port/terminal must provide the particulars of the company they plan to use for waste reception/removal services, and update this information with the Coast Guard if it changes.

Request for membership applications: National Towing Safety Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard is accepting applications until March 16, 2020, for membership on the recently established National Towing Safety Advisory Committee.

Waste Reception Facility Series Part 1: Documentation

Over a series of four blogs we will be providing clarification on some of the regulatory requirements related to port waste reception facilities for oil, noxious liquid substance and garbage, and provide information on the roles and responsibilities of port/terminals, vessels, and their agents. First up, is a discussion about proper documentation of Certificates of Adequacy.

Policy Letter: Accepted Distress Signal Devices for Ocean Going Vessels

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards has published guidance highlighting suitable distress signal devices for vessels that transit outside the territorial limits and may require long-range rescue response provided through the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

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