Category: Waterways Policy

Icebreaking operations begin in Great Lakes

photo of cutter in ice-laden lake

Ice breaking operations begin in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior. In the coming weeks, various commercial waterways may close after due consideration is given to the protection of the marine environment and the safety of island residents who, in the course of their daily business, use naturally-formed ice bridges for transportation to and from the mainland.

United States re-elected to International Maritime Organization Council for 2020-2021 during the 31st Session of the Assembly

The United States was recently re-elected for a two-year term on the International Maritime Organization Council.

Area Maritime Security Committees 2018 Annual Report published

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance announces the publication of the consolidated report on the status and work completed in 2018 by Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs).

Oct. 1, 1838: First law in the U.S. to regulate steamboats takes effect

In this post, we mark the anniversary of the Coast Guard’s marine inspection program, which was the result of the Congressional Act of 1838.

“All Aboard! There’s a Place for You in the Maritime Community” student art program contest winners

The contest winners’ works of art will be featured on the Coast Guard, NAMEPA and CIP-OAS websites. The two grand prize winners will receive a certificate, a bilingual (English and Spanish) calendar featuring the art of all 12 winners, a $100 cash prize and a special Coast Guard-themed package. Finalists will receive a certificate and the bilingual calendar.

Extension of comment period for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is extending the comment period for the notice of study and request for comments for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast to Jan. 30, 2020.

Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee announced in the Federal Register that it will meet in Port Huron, Michigan, Sept. 12, 2019 to discuss matters relating to Great Lakes pilotage.

NVIC: Coast Guard roles, responsibilities regarding Offshore Renewable Energy Installations

This NVIC will assist the Coast Guard in providing input to the Lead Agency for environmental review and decision-making purposes. Additionally, this circular provides guidance to members of industry, port safety and security stakeholders, and the public on the Coast Guard’s role and responsibilities in the OREI application process.

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.”

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