Category: Safety

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.

Recap of Center for Offshore Safety’s session with Coast Guard Eighth District Commander

Coast Guard Eighth District Commander Rear Adm. Paul Thomas joined Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle during this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, May 6-9. The session, moderated by Charlie Williams with Center for Offshore Safety, was part of COS’s Senior Regulatory Leadership Perspective series.

Federal Communications Commission issues enforcement advisory on non-compliant AIS devices

Automatic Identification Systems that are non-compliant with adopted international standards can confuse, degrade or even disrupt other users’ systems. The FCC has issued an enforcement advisory stating the use of non-compliant AIS devices is illegal.

Coast Guard ends year-long concentrated inspection campaign for open lifeboats

The Coast Guard recently concluded a year-long concentrated inspection campaign focused on open lifeboats throughout the U.S. commercial fleet. This campaign was directed in the final action memo on the 2015 sinking of the S.S. El Faro.

Coast Guard releases Findings of Concern 008-19

The Coast Guard has released Findings of Concern 008-19. Investigators identified several measures to be implemented on vessels in similar service to mitigate risks.

Maritime Sector Coordinating Council established

Sector Coordinating Councils are self-organized and self-governed councils that enable critical infrastructure owners and operators, their trade associations, and other industry representatives to interact on a wide range of sector specific strategies, polices, and activities.

Unlicensed charters are bad news for everyone

Photo of an inspection sticker that should be on a CG licensed/inspected passenger vessel

Hiring an unlicensed charter is dangerous because the charter may not have the proper emergency safety gear, navigation and communication gear, and may not have undergone the proper license exams and inspections which are put in place to ensure passenger and crew safety.

Outer Continental Shelf hurricane guidance for 2019 season now published

Eighth district logo

The District Eight Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection published its reporting requirements for the upcoming hurricane season. Reports of personnel remaining offshore will allow the Eighth District to prepare for potential post-storm search and rescue operations.

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