Category: Commercial Vessel Compliance

USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Newsletter – Winter Issue

The Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) published its winter edition, with a new name and look. The newsletter serves to provide useful information on the national and international policies as well as highlight success stories, best practices and achievements in the field.

Implementation of the Mask Mandate in the Maritime Transportation System

On February 1, 2021, the Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 02-21, COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Marine Transportation System. Since the release of the MSIB, the Coast Guard received numerous questions regarding the applicability of the mask mandate.

MSIB: COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-21 “COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System” to provide information related to the requirement of all persons traveling on all commercial vessels to wear a mask.

Policy Letter: Exercise of enforcement discretion with regard to MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 13.5.1.2.1

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has published Policy Letter 21-01: “Exercise of enforcement discretion with regard to MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 13.5.1.2.1” to outline how the U.S. Coast Guard will enforce MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 13.5.1.2.1, the Tier III NOx limits, for certain engines installed on recreational vessels above 24 meters in length and less than 500 gross tonnage (“large recreational vessels”).

MSIB: Improving Fishing Vessel Stability

The Coast Guard has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-21 to assist mariners in identifying ways to improve their stability awareness.

Notice of proposed Rulemaking: Safety Management Systems for Domestic Passenger Vessels

The Coast Guard is evaluating the potential use of Safety Management Systems (SMSs) to improve safety and reduce marine casualties on board U.S.-flagged passenger vessels. The Coast Guard is seeking public input and responses to specific questions on the feasibility, applicability, and nature of SMSs for potential use on U.S.-flagged passenger vessels. Comments and related material must be received on or before April 15, 2021.

Federal Register Notice: Guidelines for Obtaining STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations

As a courtesy to our audience, Maritime Commons will provide a daily compilation of nationally-relevant Federal Register Notices, or those notices that may impact a large segment of our readers. To provide […]

Coast Guard announces Guard Underway Foreign Passenger Vessel Course Examiner Contracting Opportunity

The Coast Guard has posted on beta.sam.gov the contracting opportunity for the Underway Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course. The United States Coast Guard Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) has a […]

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 39 th U.S. Coast Guard BWMS Type Approval Certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB 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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