The Coast Guard would appreciate comments from owners, operators and masters of vessels for the collection of information for the Plan Approval and Records for Subdivision and Stability Regulations—Title 46 CFR Subchapter S without change. The regulations require owners, operators, or masters of certain inspected vessels to obtain and/or post various documents as part of the Coast Guard commercial vessel safety program. Title 46 U.S.C. 3306 authorizes the Coast Guard to prescribe rules for the safety of certain vessels. Comments must be received by Sept. 25, 2017.
7/27/2017: Information collection request to Office of Management and Budget – Navigation safety information, emergency instructions for certain towing vessels
The Coast Guard seeks comments from vessel owners, operators, and masters by Sept. 25, 2017, on an extension of its approval for the collection of information for the Navigation Safety Information and Emergency Instructions for Certain Towing Vessels without change. Navigation safety regulations in 33 CFR part 164 help assure that the mariner piloting a towing vessel has adequate equipment, charts, maps, and other publications. For inspected towing vessels, under 46 CFR 199.80 a muster list and emergency instructions provide effective plans and references for crew to follow in an emergency situation.
7/26/2017: Rear Adm. Paul Thomas passes helm to new assistant commandant for prevention policy, Rear Adm. John Nadeau
In his last post as assistant commandant for prevention policy, Rear Adm. Thomas shares a few thoughts with maritime stakeholders before moving on to his new assignment as commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans.
During two recent vessel inspections Coast Guard marine inspectors participated in and witnessed occasions where the testing and maintenance of a CO2 system resulted in serious safety threats that could have easily led to loss of lives.
The Coast Guard Navigation Center is encouraging mariners to review Marine Safety Alert 01-16 to re-familiarize themselves with the procedures to report a disruption and the actions they should take to mitigate the effects of a disruption, following a GPS disruption in the Black Sea in June.