Category: Ports and Facilities

Waste Reception Facilities Series Part 4: Fishing ports and Certificates of Adequacy

In the last post of our series on Waste Reception Facility regulatory requirements, the Facility Safety Branch staff discusses how MARPOL 73/78 governing waste reception facilities applies to the three different categories of commercial fishing ports.

Recommendation for immediate patching for critical vulnerabilities on Microsoft Windows Operating System

For the convenience of our readers, the Office of Port and Facility Compliance is sharing information recently released through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency regarding fixes for a critical vulnerability identified in Microsoft’s handling of certificates.

Waste Reception Facility Series Part 3: Waivers and alternatives

In Part 3 of our series on Waste Reception Facility regulatory requirements, the Facility Safety Branch staff discusses waivers and alternatives, which allow the ports/terminals and the Captains of the Port to identify alternative means of ensuring they meet the intent of MARPOL 73/78.

Waste Reception Facility Series Part 2: Services provided by 3rd party contractors

As discussed in the first blog of this series, when applying for a Certificate of Adequacy (COA), the port/terminal must provide the particulars of the company they plan to use for waste reception/removal services, and update this information with the Coast Guard if it changes.

Waste Reception Facility Series Part 1: Documentation

Over a series of four blogs we will be providing clarification on some of the regulatory requirements related to port waste reception facilities for oil, noxious liquid substance and garbage, and provide information on the roles and responsibilities of port/terminals, vessels, and their agents. First up, is a discussion about proper documentation of Certificates of Adequacy.

Seafarers’ Shore Access: Important dates to remember

Each facility owner or operator must implement a system for providing access through the facility that enables individuals to transit to and from a moored vessel in accordance with guidelines found in the Code of Federal Regulations.

MSIB: Cyberattack impacts MTSA facility operations

Forensic analysis is currently ongoing but the virus, identified as “Ryuk” ransomware, may have entered the network of the MTSA facility via an email phishing campaign. Read on for more details.

Long Island Sound recognized as 2018 Area Maritime Security Committee of the year

A strong Area Maritime Security Committee requires hard work and long hours by many parties. The patriotism, professionalism, and impact of the Long Island Sound AMSC is a model for others to follow.

Icebreaking operations begin in Great Lakes

photo of cutter in ice-laden lake

Ice breaking operations begin in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior. In the coming weeks, various commercial waterways may close after due consideration is given to the protection of the marine environment and the safety of island residents who, in the course of their daily business, use naturally-formed ice bridges for transportation to and from the mainland.

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