MSIB: COVID 19 – Actions for Vessels Arriving in U.S. Ports – Update (Change 7)

The Coast Guard has published Change 7 to Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20 to provide updated guidance on the suspension of entry of nonimmigrants from India.

Deadline approaching for 46 CFR Subchapter M 75% phase-in requirements

In accordance with 46 CFR 136.202, owners and managing operators (OMO) are responsible for ensuring that 75% of their respective fleets receive a Certificate of Inspection (COI) before July 19, 2021. Failure […]

MTS workers continue to fulfill critical role during COVID-19 pandemic

RDML Richard V. Timme, USCG
Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy highlights the importance of MTS workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in a letter to industry.

Cruise Ship NCOE Industry Notice 21-01: Cruise Ship Medical Standards

The Cruise Ship NCOE has issued Industry Notice 21-01 to provide information to owners and operators within the cruise industry regarding new requirements established with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395).

Policy Letter: Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination COVID-19 Guidance

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Policy Letter 21-02 “Foreign
Passenger Vessel Examination COVID-19 Guidance” to provide guidance to the Cruise Ship National
Center of Expertise and Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection on Coast Guard examination requirements
for all foreign cruise ships seeking to resume suspended operations within U.S. ports due to the COVID-
19 pandemic.

MSIB: Exemptions to TWIC requirements related to COVID-19 – Update (Change 3)

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 13-20 – (Change 3) “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Operations – Change 3” to provide updates to TWIC Reader Rule implementation and enforcement.

Notice of Public Meeting: 45th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Facilitation Committee

The Department of State will conduct a public meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, by way of teleconference. The primary purpose of this meeting is to prepare for the forty fifth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Facilitation Committee (FAL 45) to be held virtually from Tuesday, June 1, to Friday, June 4, 2021, and on Monday, June 7, 2021.

Mask requirement for persons aboard vessels

The Coast Guard continues to work closely with the CDC for maritime related issues and confirmed with the CDC that the CDC requirements in Marine Safety Information Bulletin
(MISB) 02-21 Change 1 remains the most current guidance.

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