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Final Rule: TWIC – Reader Requirements; Delay of Effective Date

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it has issued its final rule, “TWIC – Reader Requirements; Delay of Effective Date.” This final rule delays implementation of TWIC readers for three years at facilities that handle certain dangerous cargoes (CDC) while allowing reader requirements for large passenger vessel facilities and one specific large passenger vessel to move forward.

Marine industry internship program helps Coast Guard stay in tune with industry

The Marine Industry Training program launched in 1948 and gives participants the chance to step outside of their roles in the Coast Guard and shadow industry or inter-agency partners.

Coast Guard officer named among “Top 100 Women in Shipping”

In February, allaboutshipping.co.uk published a “Top 100 Women in Shipping” in recognition of International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day 2019 theme, “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.” Among the respected, influential, and deserving women named on the Top 100 list was U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Eustacia “Staci” Weist from the Commercial Regulations and Standards Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Department of State issues emergency travel advisory

For the convenience of our readers, Maritime Commons is sharing a link to a Department of State travel emergency alert released Feb. 20, 2020, regarding cruise ship travel and the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Latest edition of Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise newsletter now available

The Winter 2020 edition of the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise’s newsletter is now available. The newsletter serves to provide useful information on national and international policies as well as highlight success stories, best practices and achievements in the field.

Marine Safety Alert: Alarming trends found on fixed gas detection systems

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 02-20 to educate the maritime community about common discrepancies associated with fixed gas detection systems on board liquefied gas carriers.

This just in: Results from 2019 Operation Dry Water

The Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety is sharing the latest results from 2019’s Operation Dry Water, a nationwide awareness and enforcement campaign to deter boating under the influence.

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) Update: AIS Access and Reporting and Enforcement Data Working Group

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In this post, the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards provides an overview of a recent conference call with 55 states and territories to establish a working group to address issues related to the 2018 Vessel Incidental Discharge Act.

Submission deadline for William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award extended to March 2, 2020

The Benkert award recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment. Full details available on Homeport.

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