Policy Letters: Update to harbor assist towing beyond the boundary line and use of doublers on Subchapter M towing vessels

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Policy Letter 19-01 Change 1 “Enforcement Guidance for Harbor Assist Towing Vessels When Operating Beyond the Boundary Line” and Policy Letter 21-03 “Guidance Concerning the Use of Doubler Plates for Repairs Involving Towing Vessels Subject to 46 CFR Subchapter M”.

Eighth District MSIB: Hurricane Season reporting requirements

The OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) has released MSIB 21-02, Hurricane Season Reporting Requirements, to provide guidance for operators on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Notice of Public Meeting: Shipping Coordinating Committee

The Department of State will conduct an open meeting of the Shipping Coordinating Committee at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2021, by way of teleconference.

Marine Transportation System (MTS) cyber spotlight

Editors note: This is the second in a series of articles addressing cyber risk management and cybersecurity within the Marine Transportation System (MTS). The maritime community is facing daily threats to their […]

MSIB: COVID-19 – Spotlight on the Mental Health of Mariners

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 07-21 “COVID-19: Spotlight on the Mental Health of Mariners” to highlight the issue of mariner mental health. The […]

Summary of Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR), 8th session

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) sub-committee for Navigation, Communications, and Search & Rescue (NCSR-8), met virtually from Monday 19 April to Friday 23 April. The major outcome of this meeting was the […]

Ms. Mayte Medina elected as International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee Committee Chair

Ms. Mayte Medina of the U.S. Coast Guard was unanimously elected as the Committee Chair during the first day the 103rd session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) […]

Guidance on Pilot Ladders, Embarkation Ladders, and Pilot Transfer Arrangements

The Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) recently published a policy letter on the approval of pilot ladders and embarkation ladders.

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