The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance Foreign and Offshore Compliance Division posted updates to the vessel safety website.
5/5/2014: Approval of Equivalencies to the Requirements for Odorizing Units on Fixed Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishing Systems
The Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards released policy letter number 02-14 that clarifies application of the requirements for odorizing units in three CFRs as implemented by the Final Rule published on Carbon Dioxide Fire Suppression Systems on Commercial Vessels .
The U.S. Coast Guard has published new Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars, or NVICs, to provide further guidance on the implementation of the final rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW), as Amended, and Changes to National Endorsements” (78 FR 77796).
The Coast Guard issued a Federal Register Notice of recommended interim voluntary guidelines concerning mobile offshore drilling units, or MODUs, and manned fixed and floating offshore facilities engaged in activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
The Coast Guard announced that along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it will hold nationwide public discussions on navigational aid technology and how it will affect the future of America’s waterways.
The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued a marine inspection notice that announces a concentrated inspection campaign.
The Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis issued a safety alert to provide awareness of an issue that was identified a few years ago with snaphooks on lifejackets.
The Coast Guard posted a notice announcing the availability of Revision 7 to Maritime Security, or MARSEC, Directive 104-6, which provides guidelines for U.S. vessels operating in high risk waters where acts of terrorism, piracy, and armed robbery against ships are prevalent, as well as specific guidance for offshore supply vessels and liftboats operating in the Gulf of Guinea.
A new FAQ regarding fuel shut-off valve remote operators has been posted on the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise website.