The National Maritime Center announced Thursday that the Coast Guard is now accepting applications for Tankerman PIC Restricted to Fuel Transfers on Towing Vessels. A new checklist and sample sea service letter are available on the NMC website to assist mariners with these applications.
Recent inquiries by Coast Guard marine inspectors indicate that a large number of vessel operators and ship masters continue to rely on outdated high seas communications frequencies when communicating with the Coast Guard. This Safety Alert reminds all mariners of the appropriate use of Single Side Band High Frequency (SSB-HF) radios when attempting to contact the Coast Guard outside the normal range of Very High Frequency-Frequency Modulation (VHF-FM) marine radios.
The Mexico-U.S. Joint Contingency Plan covers various components of a cross-border response, such as coordination and levels of command roles and responsibilities; planning and preparedness; meetings and exercises; operational elements such as mechanical recovery and dispersant usage; trans-boundary movement of response resources; public information, and funding.
8/3/2017: Information collection request to Office of Management and Budget – Application for vessel inspection, waiver, and continuous synopsis record
The collection of information requires the owner, operator, agent, or master of a vessel to apply in writing to the Coast Guard before the commencement of an inspection for certification, when a waiver is desired from the requirements of navigation and vessel inspection, or to request a Continuous Synopsis Record. Comments must be received by Oct. 2, 2017.
8/3/2017: Information collection request to Office of Management and Budget – Oil and hazardous materials transfers
The Coast Guard seeks comments from vessel operators on an extension of its approval for the collection of information for Oil and Hazardous Materials Transfer Procedures without change. Comments must be received by Oct. 2, 2017.