Category: – Domestic Vessels

8/31/2017: Partial re-opening of the Houston-Galveston captain of the port zone following Hurricane Harvey

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the captain of the port for Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston opened the ports of Houston, Texas City, Galveston, and Freeport with restrictions.

8/23/2017: Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators National Quality Steering Committee meeting

The Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators Safety Partnership held its National Quality Steering Committee meeting Aug. 2, 2017 to discuss safety issues and other topics affecting the towing industry. Maritime Commons attended the meeting and is providing a summary of the discussions and key takeaways.

8/1/2017: Coast Guard and National Cargo Bureau sign Memorandum of Agreement

This new agreement signed July 20, 2017, outlines specific operating standards for organizations such as NCB including record keeping, quality management systems, training and qualification of personnel, liability, and governmental oversight of activities.

7/31/2017: Coast Guard and International Cargo Gear Bureau sign Memorandum of Agreement

The Memorandum of Agreement is for inspections and tests performed on U.S. flagged vessels by ICGB on behalf of the Coast Guard.

6/15/2017: New policy letter on Subchapter M implementation

This policy letter provide guidance to the Officer(s) in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) and Coast Guard marine inspectors as well as the towing industry on how to obtain initial COIs for greater than the percentage of the towing vessels outlined in 46 CFR 136.202 of 46 CFR Subchapter M.

6/5/2017: How are we doing?

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5/24/2017: New policy letter on Subchapter M implementation released

The new policy letter covers use of previously conducted audits under existing safety management systems, such as the ISM Code and American Waterways Operators’ Responsible Carrier Program, as objective evidence of compliance for the issuance of a towing vessel’s initial certificate of inspection.

5/16/2017: MSIB 06-17 Electro-Technical Officer and Electro-Technical Rating endorsements

This MSIB addresses recent instances of port States misinterpreting requirements of III/6 and III/7 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), 1978, as amended.

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