Category: – Lifesaving & Fire Safety

Three Americans receive awards at the International Maritime Organization’s award ceremony

Three Americans received awards from the International Maritime Organization for their contributions to the maritime community and bravery at sea.

NVIC: Maintenance, examination, testing, and repair of lifesaving systems

The Coast Guard published a NVIC that provides guidance to the maritime industry and Coast Guard personnel describing how vessel owners and operators may comply with amendments to SOLAS Chapter III, Regulation 3 and 20, that will enter into force on January 1, 2020.

Lifejacket Approval Harmonization Notice of Availability

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is finalizing the policy harmonizing personal flotation device standards between the United States and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs. As a result, PFD manufacturers can meet a single North American standard instead of separate standards for the United States and Canada.

Congressional hearing alert: Commercial and Passenger Vessel Safety: Challenges, Opportunities

Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. Richard Timme will testify before a Congressional Hearing focused on passenger vessel safety, Thursday, November 14th at 2 p.m.

Design guidance for commercial vessels using Lithium-Ion batteries for propulsion or electrical systems

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Policy Letter No. 02-19 “Design Guidance for Lithium-Ion Battery Installations Onboard Commercial Vessels” to improve the plan approval process for commercial vessel propulsion or electrical systems powered by installed Lithium-ion batteries. The policy does not apply to the carriage of Li-ion batteries as cargo or portable devices with Li-ion batteries that are not permanently installed on the vessel.

NVIC: Guide to Marine Equipment Approvals Covered by a Mutual Recognition Agreement

The Mutual Recognition Agreements are parallel agreements the United States has with the European Union and with the European Free Trade Association countries that are part of the European Economic Area on the Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Conformity for Marine Equipment.

Oct. 1, 1838: First law in the U.S. to regulate steamboats takes effect

In this post, we mark the anniversary of the Coast Guard’s marine inspection program, which was the result of the Congressional Act of 1838.

Marine Safety Alert: Inspectors discover unwearable PFDs

This safety alert concerns Cal-June Jim-Buoy PFDs, Model #601 or #603. During several inspections involving different vessels, Coast Guard personnel discovered a significant number of Type I PFDs that were not wearable if needed during an emergency.

MSIB: Passenger vessel compliance and operational readiness

On September 2, 2019, the small passenger vessel Conception caught fire and sank off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California with loss of life. This bulletin identifies regulations related to firefighting, lifesaving, preparations for emergencies, and means of escape that serve as a reminder for owner and operators to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew while onboard.

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