Category: Waterways Policy

5/10/2019: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2019 Annual Review and Revisions to Methodology

The Coast Guard published a final rule that will adjust the pilotage rates to account for a rolling ten-year average for traffic, and result in an increase in pilotage rates due to an adjustment for anticipated inflation, changes in operating expenses, surcharges for applicant pilots, and an addition of two pilots.

4/29/2019: Recap of remarks by Pacific Area commander during Arctic Encounter Symposium

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan delivered a keynote speech and participated in panel discussions April 26, 2019, at the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle. Fagan is the commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area and discussed the Coast Guard Arctic Strategic Outlook, new fleet of Polar Security Cutters and emerging technology being used to promote resilience and prosperity in the Arctic.

4/23/2019: Coast Guard releases new Arctic Strategic Outlook

As the nation’s primary maritime presence in the Polar Regions, the Coast Guard advances national interests through a unique blend of polar operational capability, regulatory authority, and international leadership across the full spectrum of maritime governance. The Coast Guard will continue to work with its allies and partners on the mutual goal of ensuring a safe, secure, and cooperative Arctic, even as aspiring near-peer competitors maneuver for strategic advantage in the area.

4/23/2019: Annual Port State Control Report for 2018 now available

The PSC annual report provides the global maritime industry key statistics and compliance trends in relation to compliance with U.S. and international regulations.

4/12/2019: 75th Anniversary edition of Proceedings Magazine now available

Featured articles highlight the evolution of the Coast Guard’s marine safety mission, a short history of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, cybersecurity in the maritime domain, and more.

4/10/2019: Notice of additional public meeting – Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it will hold an additional public meeting in Montauk, New York, on April 29th, to receive comments on a notice of study entitled “Port Access Route Study: The Areas Offshore of Massachusetts and Rhode Island” that was published in the Federal Register in March.

3/28/2019: Marine Safety Alert – Ensuring adequate maneuvering space

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate published Marine Safety Alert 03-19, “Have a regime when the current’s abeam: Ensure adequate maneuvering space,” to educate mariners following three recent marine casualties, one fatal, that resulted in the sinking of towing vessels on the Lower Mississippi River.

3/19/2019: Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard Address

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz will deliver the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address, at 10 a.m., PST, Thursday, March 21, from Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach. This is Schultz’s first State of the Coast Guard Address since his tenure as commandant began in 2018. Schultz will provide a current overview of the service and outline priorities for the year ahead.

3/18/2019: Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study: Port approaches and international entry and departure transit areas

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is beginning a new study of routes used by ships to access ports on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The Ports and Waterways Safety Act requires the Coast Guard to study potential traffic density and assess the need for safe access routes for vessels. The Coast Guard coordinates with Federal and State agencies, and considers the views of the maritime community, environmental groups, and other interested stakeholders in order to reconcile the need for safe access routes with other reasonable waterway uses in the study area.

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