Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update to mask requirement for persons aboard vessels

The Coast Guard will no longer enforce mask requirements in outdoor areas of maritime transportation conveyances and hubs.

MSIB: COVID-19 – Spotlight on the Mental Health of Mariners

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 07-21 “COVID-19: Spotlight on the Mental Health of Mariners” to highlight the issue of mariner mental health. The […]

MSIB: COVID 19 – Actions for Vessels Arriving in U.S. Ports – Update (Change 7)

The Coast Guard has published Change 7 to Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20 to provide updated guidance on the suspension of entry of nonimmigrants from India.

MTS workers continue to fulfill critical role during COVID-19 pandemic

RDML Richard V. Timme, USCG
Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy highlights the importance of MTS workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in a letter to industry.

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.

MSIB: Exemptions to TWIC requirements related to COVID-19 – Update (Change 3)

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 13-20 – (Change 3) “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Operations – Change 3” to provide updates to TWIC Reader Rule implementation and enforcement.

Mask requirement for persons aboard vessels

The Coast Guard continues to work closely with the CDC for maritime related issues and confirmed with the CDC that the CDC requirements in Marine Safety Information Bulletin
(MISB) 02-21 Change 1 remains the most current guidance.

MSIB: COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System: Change-1

The Coast Guard has published Change 1 to Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 02-21 to provide updated guidance on the requirement for wearing masks on commercial vessels in Executive Order (13998) issued by the President on January 21, 2021.

MSIB: COVID-19 Crew Change Issues

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has issued MSIB 04-21 “COVID-19 Crew Change Issues” to provide guidance for U.S. mariners who may be experiencing crew change issues abroad and for foreign mariners who may be experiencing crew change issues while in the U.S.

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