In September, subject matter experts from the U.S. Coast Guard traveled to Cape Town, South Africa for four-day seminar to exchange information and share techniques with officials from the Republic of South Africa on vessel pollution prevention and enforcement. Staff from the Coast Guard’s Compliance Analysis Division at Headquarters led the seminar and discussed the U.S. process for ensuring compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and actions the U.S. government takes when it suspects civil or criminal conduct aboard a foreign or domestic vessel.
Today in the Coast Guard’s 8th District we announced the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, which outlines the Commandant’s long term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the United States. In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few comments regarding the outlook and its three major lines of effort.
The Coast Guard published Sept. 25, 2018, the FY19 Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise (GIUE) requirements for each captain of the port zone, to include sectors and marine safety units. In 2015, the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy reinvigorated the Coast Guard GIUE program by releasing new GIUE policy that has since been incorporated into the Marine Environmental Response and Preparedness Manual. This policy established consistent exercise design, execution and documentation across the Coast Guard. It also defined the number of GIUEs required at each unit.
Major changes to the manual include Area Contingency Plan policy verification tiers of Geographic Response Strategies, review and verification requirements, environmental consultation requirements for key statutes, and Facility Response Plan approvals.
The Coast Guard is publishing the new PREP guidelines on behalf of the Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Compliance, Coordination, and Consistency Committee.