Category: Investigations & Casualty Analysis

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.

Use of wrong materials delivers final blow to burning vessel

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 08-19 to ensure owners/operators understand federal fuel system requirements following the results of an investigation into a deadly fire aboard a casino vessel.

Marine casualty reporting forms updated

The CG-2692 series of forms for reporting marine casualties has been re-approved by the Office of Management and Budget and updated with the new expiration date of July 31, 2022. Owners, agents, masters, operators, or persons in charge of a vessel should begin using the updated versions of the CG-2692 series immediately.

MARPOL deficiencies found on bilge alarm systems

This post provides information regarding recent deficiencies involving bilge system alarms identified on four different vessels.

Coast Guard begins investigation into 2 deaths aboard offshore facility

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, convened a formal investigation, Thursday, for the incident that occurred onboard the offshore production facility Auger, June 30, 2019.

Marine Safety Alert: The importance of fire, safety and security watches for vessels in lay-up status

The Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis issued Marine Safety Alert 07-19 to remind ship owners and operators to ensure a proper watch is maintained aboard vessels while in lay-up status, after a U.S. inspected Great Lakes bulker that was laid up for the winter suffered a catastrophic fire that caused major cosmetic, machinery, and structural damage.

Latest issue of The Gas Gauge Newsletter now available

The Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise published its 2019 Summer edition of The Gas Gauge, a newsletter to share Coast Guard involvement and regulatory updates about the liquefied gas industry.

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.

‘Findings of Concern’ focuses on the hazards of corrosion

The Coast Guard issues findings of concern to disseminate information related to unsafe conditions identified as causal factors in a marine casualty and that may cause a similar casualty on other vessels. Findings of concern are intended to educate the public, state, or local agencies about the conditions discovered so they may address the findings with an appropriate voluntary action or highlight existing applicable company policies or state/local regulations.

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