Category: Safety

Notice of proposed Rulemaking: Safety Management Systems for Domestic Passenger Vessels

The Coast Guard is evaluating the potential use of Safety Management Systems (SMSs) to improve safety and reduce marine casualties on board U.S.-flagged passenger vessels. The Coast Guard is seeking public input and responses to specific questions on the feasibility, applicability, and nature of SMSs for potential use on U.S.-flagged passenger vessels. Comments and related material must be received on or before April 15, 2021.

U.S. Coast Guard releases National Recreational Boating Safety Survey results

The U.S. Coast Guard is announcing the release of the National Recreational Boating Safety Survey for 2018. The Survey, which was mailed to over a quarter-million Americans, produced scientific estimates about characteristics […]

Gulf of Mexico AMSC conducts insider threat and cybersecurity exercise

The Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) conducted its annual security exercise from New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 17, 2020. Due to the restrictions on in-person gatherings due to COVID-19, the exercise was held via virtual online conference.

Area Maritime Security Committees 2019 Annual Report – Challenges, Suggestions, Accomplishments, and Best Practices

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance is pleased to announce the publication of a consolidated report on the status and work completed in 2019 by Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs).

Policy Letter: Inspection guidance for high risk small passenger vessels

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has published Policy Letter 20-02: “Inspection Guidance For High Risk Small Passenger Vessels” to provide Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) with inspection guidance for high risk small passenger vessel (SPV) inspection.

Policy letter: Carriage of lithium-ion batteries on small passenger vessels

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has published Policy Letter 20-03: “Carriage of Lithium-Ion Batteries on Small Passenger Vessels” to provide guidance regarding carriage of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries on small passenger vessels […]

Commercial Diving Operations-Equivalent Levels of Safety Policy Letter

The Coast Guard has announced in the Federal Register the availability of CG-OES Policy Letter 02-20, Commercial Diving Operations—Equivalent Levels of Safety.

National Boating Safety Advisory Council; Nov 2020 Teleconference

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (Council) and its subcommittees will meet via teleconference to discuss matters relating to recreational boating safety. The meeting will be open to the public.

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