In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection is permitting the extension of third party surveys for firefighting and lifesaving equipment until 30 September on a case-by-case basis.
The Coast Guard Waterways Policies and Activities Division has released MSIB 17-20 to highlight the impacts of on-water mass gatherings to the public and Maritime Transportation System (MTS).
The Coast Guard has published MSIB 08-20 (Change 2) to update guidance concerning mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19).
The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published an update May 27, 2020 to MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 4).
Due to ongoing COVID-19 safety and health concerns and technical constraints, the processing of mariner appeals has been delayed.
The National Maritime Center will launch a centralized electronic delivery process (via e-mail) for renewal examinations in order to maintain the flow of mariner credentials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Maritime Center has released guidance to training providers, designated examiners (DEs) , and qualified assessors (QAs) . On March 30, 2020, the Coast Guard published a Marine Safety Information Bulletin 08-20, (Change 1) announcing several updates based on the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to help minimize possible exposure of the novel coronavirus to offshore oil and gas facilities the Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge Marine Inspection has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 20-03 that allows operators to differ the third party inspections associated with the Coast Guard regulated firefighting and lifesaving systems, as well as cranes, until 31 July, 2020.
The TSA is granting a temporary exemption from requirements regarding the expiration of certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials due to COVID-19.