Category: Emerging Policy

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Financial responsibility – Vessels; Superseded Pollution Funds

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a proposal to expand regulations on vessel financial responsibility for all tank vessels greater than 100 gross tons as required by statute, and to make other amendments that clarify and update reporting requirements, reflect current practice, and remove unnecessary regulations.

Recap of the 7th Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment held its 7th session at IMO headquarters in London on March 2-6, 2020. A list of key topics discussed at SSE 7 is provided.

Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Accomplishments: FY17-FY20

The Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Standards Evaluation and Development has provided a blog post to explain the process for evaluating deregulatory actions, discuss those completed and note those currently under review.

Recap of 7th session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) held its 7th session at IMO headquarters in London last month. Key topics discussed included carriage of industrial personnel, subdivision and damage stability, and intact stability criteria.

Coast Guard officer named among “Top 100 Women in Shipping”

In February, allaboutshipping.co.uk published a “Top 100 Women in Shipping” in recognition of International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day 2019 theme, “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.” Among the respected, influential, and deserving women named on the Top 100 list was U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Eustacia “Staci” Weist from the Commercial Regulations and Standards Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Membership applications sought for National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard is requesting applications from individuals interested in membership on the National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee. This recently established committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to the safe and secure marine transportation of hazardous materials.

U.S., Canada sign newly revised Dixon Entrance Annex to the National Canada-United States Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan

The updated annex includes basic content and format changes in accordance with new national guidelines, clearer pollution notification and response protocols, and refreshed references to U.S. Customs Service procedures for transboundary movement of personnel and resources. The new annex also incorporates organizational changes within the two Coast Guards.

Coast Guard Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard address in Charleston

During the address, Adm. Karl Schultz will highlight the importance of South Carolina’s ports and waterways to the nation and the vital role the Coast Guard plays in Charleston to ensure continued global security and economic prosperity.

Updated teleconference information for public meeting on global 0.50% sulfur limit

The code for the public to access the teleconference line for the Dec. 5, 2019, public meeting on consistent implementation of Global 0.50% Sulfur Limit has changed. Anyone wishing to call in for the meeting should dial 202-475-4000, and enter 405 789 52# when prompted for the participant access code.

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