Category: Commercial Vessel Compliance

Towing Vessel Nat’l Center of Expertise now offering customizable Subchapter M training programs

The training hub is geared toward industry compliance officers or operators, Third Party Organization representatives, and Coast Guard marine inspectors. Training modules are based on the latest policy and Coast Guard perspective on the selected topics.

Subchapter M enforcement posture for COI phase in requirements

This policy letter provides guidance regarding the enforcement posture for towing vessels’ COI phase-in requirements within 46 CFR §136.202.

Applications sought for National Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking applications until April 21, 2020 from individuals interested in serving on the National Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. This committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to national commercial fishing safety.

Coast Guard Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard address in Charleston

During the address, Adm. Karl Schultz will highlight the importance of South Carolina’s ports and waterways to the nation and the vital role the Coast Guard plays in Charleston to ensure continued global security and economic prosperity.

Latest edition of Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise newsletter now available

The Winter 2020 edition of the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise’s newsletter is now available. The newsletter serves to provide useful information on national and international policies as well as highlight success stories, best practices and achievements in the field.

Towing Safety Advisory Committee teleconference scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference March 10, to discuss the two committee’s two current tasks. The Towing Safety Advisory Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.

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 Microfade II Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Resources for voluntarily establishing a Safety Management System

The Coast Guard recently promulgated Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-20 to assist owners and operators wishing to voluntarily implement a SMS. In this post, Rear Adm. Richard Timme shares the MSIB and provides his perspective on SMS.

Latest ‘Drill Down’ – Official Logbooks

Now a legal requirement, ship logs and records are recorded in either an Official Logbook or an unofficial record or logbook. But what is the difference between an Official Logbook and an unofficial log or record? And what are the requirements for an Official Logbook? This issue of Drill Down explains Official Logbooks for OSVs, when they are required, and when an unofficial logbook is suitable for record-keeping.

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