Category: Environmental Response Policy

Don’t miss the January 31, 2020, deadline to submit nominations for the Rear Adm. William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications from the maritime industry for the 2020 Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence. Applications are due by January 31, 2020.

Gov’t Initiated Unannounced Exercise program requirements for FY20

GIUEs are a cornerstone of the oil spill exercise cycle and a key tool for Captains of the Port to evaluate oil spill response preparedness. One of the key benefits of the GIUE program is the ability for Captains of the Port to identify their biggest risks and apply a structured average most probable discharge exercise to analyze the plan holder’s capabilities.

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.

“All Aboard! There’s a Place for You in the Maritime Community” student art program contest winners

The contest winners’ works of art will be featured on the Coast Guard, NAMEPA and CIP-OAS websites. The two grand prize winners will receive a certificate, a bilingual (English and Spanish) calendar featuring the art of all 12 winners, a $100 cash prize and a special Coast Guard-themed package. Finalists will receive a certificate and the bilingual calendar.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to COSCO Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 21st U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to COSCO Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.

2019 Guidelines for Oil Spill Removal Organization Classification Program

The major revision in the 2019 guidelines center on realigning the classification program with applicable regulation provisions.

Consumer Price Index adjustments of Oil Pollution Act of 1990 limits of liability

The final rule adjusts the limits of liability for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, as amended, to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index since 2015. These regulatory inflation increases to the limits of liability are required by OPA 90 and are necessary to preserve the deterrent effect and “polluter pays” principle embodied in the Act.

Coast Guard, Arctic partners head to Norway for work group meeting on oil spill response, search and rescue in the Arctic

The working group, formed in 1991, is comprised of representatives from each of the Arctic Council nations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the U.S. Their work focuses on matters related to marine environmental response and search and rescue in the Arctic marine environment.

Coast Guard presents public service award to long-time mariner advocate

Rear Adm. Steven Andersen, the Coast Guard’s Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel, presented Mr. Douglas Stevenson with a Meritorious Public Service Award, to honor his outstanding contributions to the United States Coast Guard and to all the mariners who make their living at sea.

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