10/14/2014: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee meeting – Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy remarks

Read Rear Adm. Paul Thomas remarks and recap of September 11, 2011 MERPAC meeting.

10/10/2014: National Vessel Documentation Center paperwork status inquiry update

The National Vessel Documentation Center now provides the ability for customers to electronically search for the receipt status of their paperwork to verify documentation received, and entered into the IT system, awaiting processing.

10/9/2014: Safety alert – Barge fleet lighting

The Coast Guard issued marine safety alert 11-14 to bring attention to serious incidents involving barges and the critical need for barge operators to display proper navigational lighting.

10/9/2014: Safety alert – Preventing barge explosions

The Coast Guard issued marine safety alert 10-14 to bring attention to recent casualties involving explosions aboard barges conducting tank cleaning operations alongside marine terminals.

10/8/2014: Merchant mariner credentialing – Trend in failure to disclose convictions

The National Maritime Center published a bulletin about an increase in the number of applications submitted for merchant mariner credentials where applicants have not properly disclosed previous convictions.

10/7/2014: Notice of Arrival and Departure notice tracking – Fall 2014 Picklist and schema updates

An updated package of picklist files will be released that incorporates various country port, agency and recognized security organization changes.

10/7/2014: Information collection request under review by Office of Management and Budget – Unauthorized entry into Cuban territorial waters

The Coast Guard invites comment from owners and operators of vessels on the unauthorized entry into Cuban waters.

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