National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and its Subcommittee will meet in Katy, Texas, September 10-11, to discuss Committee matters relating to the safety of operations and other matters affecting the offshore oil and gas industry. All meetings will be open to the public.

Marine Safety Center receives 28th application for ballast water management system type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 28th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Evoqua Water Technologies Ltd.

Marine Safety Alert: The importance of fire, safety and security watches for vessels in lay-up status

The Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis issued Marine Safety Alert 07-19 to remind ship owners and operators to ensure a proper watch is maintained aboard vessels while in lay-up status, after a U.S. inspected Great Lakes bulker that was laid up for the winter suffered a catastrophic fire that caused major cosmetic, machinery, and structural damage.

International Maritime Organization Council condemns attacks on commercial shipping in Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman

The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations and the global standard setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO.

U.S. recipients to be honored with prestigious International Maritime Organization awards

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) selected Mr. Joseph J. Angelo as the recipient of the International Maritime Prize for 2018 and Aviation Survival Technician 2nd Class Michael W. Kelly as recipient of the Extraordinary Bravery at Sea Award for 2019.

MSIB 06-19: Seafarer’s Access to Maritime Facilities

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance posted a Marine Safety Information Bulletin to summarize the requirements and timeline for MTSA-regulated maritime facilities to implement a system providing seafarers, pilots, and representatives of seamen’s welfare and labor organizations access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate, in a timely manner and at no cost to the seafarer or other individuals. The MSIB does not provide any new information, but we are sharing it for the convenience of our readers.

Public hearings on Liquefied Gas Carriers transiting through San Juan Harbor, San Juan, PR

The Coast Guard will hold two public meetings July 26, 2019, to hear input regarding the safe navigation and mooring of liquefied gas carriers in San Juan Harbor.

Update to guidance for TSMS option vessels under Subchapter M

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance recently updated the work instruction “Towing Vessel COI Inspections under TSMS Option.” Updates include but are not limited to adding annual and renewal Certificate of Inspection guidance for Towing Safety Management System option vessels inspected under Subchapter M.

Certificate of Documentation guidance during application processing delays

The National Vessel Documentation Center is experiencing delays in the time necessary to issue a Certificate of Documentation due to performance issues associated with its Information Technology System. The Coast Guard recognizes the need to minimize the effect on the maritime community and is providing guidance to minimize the impact of these delays.

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