Merchant Mariner Medical Manual now available

The guidance in this Manual should assist medical practitioners, the maritime industry, individual mariners, and Coast Guard personnel in evaluating a mariner applicant’s physical and medical status to meet the requirements of the merchant mariner medical certificate. This Manual incorporates and consolidates prior guidance on the medical evaluation of merchant mariners contained in several Coast Guard documents. The Manual includes guidance on the medical certificate and related processes, including procedures for application, issuance, and cancellation of the medical certificate.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to COSCO Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 21st U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to COSCO Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.

MSIB: Ballast water best management practices to reduce the likelihood of transporting pathogens that may spread stony coral tissue loss disease

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease can kill coral within weeks or months and spreads rapidly to destroy the soft tissue of many different species of coral. This MSIB reminds vessel representatives of mandatory management practices associated with the discharge of ballast water (BW) from vessels required to conduct a Ballast Water Exchange (BWE) under U.S. Regulations.

Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee holds annual security exercise

The exercise gave participants the opportunity to discuss the capabilities, resources, and procedures required to respond to cybersecurity threat scenarios that may occur during operations in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf.

Extension of comment period for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is extending the comment period for the notice of study and request for comments for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast to Jan. 30, 2020.

2018 Recreational Boating Statistics Report now available

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The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics Report Tuesday, revealing that there were 633 boating fatalities nationwide in 2018, a 3.8 percent decrease from 2017.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: Cell phone geolocation for Coast Guard search and rescue

This Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Callyo 2009 Corporation, will investigate the potential operational use of leveraging smart phone technology, specifically the phone’s location services, to help locate mariners in distress more efficiently.

Work Instruction: Determinations for keel laid date or similar stage of construction

This work instruction was updated Sept. 20, 2019. Please see our post dated Oct. 1, 2019, for the most current information.

GPS satellite plane/slot and clock information removed from the Operational Advisory message

A graph representing GPS satellite slot and plane designations is now available on the Navigation Center’s Constellation Status page.

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