Category: Commercial Vessel Compliance

MSIB: Towing Vessel International Certificates Requirements and Certificate of Inspection Routes

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has issued MSIB 06-21, “Towing Vessel International Certificates Requirements and Certificate of Inspection Routes”, to remind U.S. flag towing vessel owners and operators that the vessel must possess the appropriate certificates and endorsements for the intended voyage.

Deadline approaching for 46 CFR Subchapter M 75% phase-in requirements

In accordance with 46 CFR 136.202, owners and managing operators (OMO) are responsible for ensuring that 75% of their respective fleets receive a Certificate of Inspection (COI) before July 19, 2021. Failure […]

Policy Letter: Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination COVID-19 Guidance

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Policy Letter 21-02 “Foreign
Passenger Vessel Examination COVID-19 Guidance” to provide guidance to the Cruise Ship National
Center of Expertise and Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection on Coast Guard examination requirements
for all foreign cruise ships seeking to resume suspended operations within U.S. ports due to the COVID-
19 pandemic.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) Type Approval Certificate to SKF Marine GmbH

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 41st U.S. Coast Guard BWMS Type Approval Certificate to SKF Marine GmbH after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the […]

U.S. Supplement to International Conventions and Classification Society Rules for Ships Enrolled in the Alternate Compliance Program

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.

‘Drill Down” Issue 16 – Offshore Wind Support Vessels

The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise has published “Drill Down” issue 16 to highlight Offshore Wind Support Vessels.

Latest ‘Drill Down’ – Port State Information Exchange (PSIX)

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.

Update to the Vessel Cyber Risk Management Work Instruction

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.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Kurita Water Industries, Ltd.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 40th U.S. Coast Guard BWMS Type Approval Certificate to Kurita Water Industries, Ltd. after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

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