Category: Design & Engineering Standards

Guidance on Pilot Ladders, Embarkation Ladders, and Pilot Transfer Arrangements

The Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) recently published a policy letter on the approval of pilot ladders and embarkation ladders.

Ship Structure Committee unveils re-discovered historical films

The Ship Structure Committee (SSC) has published three historical films depicting maritime acidents recently re-discovered in the archives at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Coast Guard R&D releases studies examining daytime distress signals and enhanced person-in-the water detection

The Coast Guard has publicly released two studies completed by the Coast Guard’s Research & Development Center as related to Enhanced Person in the Water (ePIW) Detection location devices and daytime distress signal devices.

Ship Structure Committee Publishes Report on Crack Arrestor Enhanced Aluminum Structures: SSC-476

Report cover SSC-476

The Ship Structure Committee announces the publication of a new report, SSC-476, titled “Design and Performance Evaluation Methods for Crack Arrestor Enhanced Aluminum Marine Structures”.

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.

Update to NVIC 02-19, Guide to Marine Equipment Approvals Covered by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-19 (Ch 1) “Change 1 to Guide to Marine Equipment Approvals Covered by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRAs),” Jan. 1, 2021.

FAQs: IMO Resolution MSC.402(96) and Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-19

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining to IMO Resolution MSC.402(96) and Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-19, “Maintenance, Thorough Examination, Operational Testing, Overhaul And Repair Of Lifeboats And Rescue Boats, Launching Appliances And Release Gear”.

National Boating Safety Advisory Council; Nov 2020 Teleconference

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (Council) and its subcommittees will meet via teleconference to discuss matters relating to recreational boating safety. The meeting will be open to the public.

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