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2019 Guidelines for Oil Spill Removal Organization Classification Program

The major revision in the 2019 guidelines center on realigning the classification program with applicable regulation provisions.

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.

Coast Guard, Arctic partners head to Norway for work group meeting on oil spill response, search and rescue in the Arctic

The working group, formed in 1991, is comprised of representatives from each of the Arctic Council nations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the U.S. Their work focuses on matters related to marine environmental response and search and rescue in the Arctic marine environment.

Wanted: Subject matter experts for merchant mariner credential exam working groups

Examination reviews are currently scheduled to place at the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

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.

Liquefied gas cargoes for use as marine fuel

The establishment of air emissions regulations in the form of Emission Control Areas (ECA) and the approaching IMO 2020 sulfur cap have driven the search for economically, commercially, and environmentally acceptable marine fuels. With advancements in technologies and the significant growth of U.S. liquefied gas export markets, Coast Guard examiners are seeing a new trend on vessels carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and ethane; these vessels are using their cargoes as fuel during ocean transits. In this post, we provide industry with instructions for vessels to request permission to use cargoes other than methane as fuel.

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.

Successful Voyages, Sustainable Planet: World Marine Aids to Navigation Day

During its General Assembly last year in Incheon, Republic of Korea, the International Association of Lighthouse and Marine Aids to Navigation Authorities established the first World Marine Aids to Navigation Day on July 1, 2019, with the theme of “Successful Voyages, Sustainable Planet.”

Coast Guard updates work instruction for the Inspected Towing Vessel Program

The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has updated the Mission Management System CV-WI-010(2), Work Instruction for OCMI guidance on special consideration for inspected towing vessels.

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