Guidance on the enforcement of radar observer requirements prior to July 22, 2019

With the pending implementation of the Final Rule amending marine radar observer refresher training requirements, the Office of Commerical Vessel Compliance announced that mariners will be considered in compliance with radar observer requirements if they hold a valid Merchant Mariner Credential containing the appropriate endorsement as Radar Observer. This policy will expire July 22, 2019, the Final Rule’s implementation date.

Liquefied gas cargoes for use as marine fuel

The establishment of air emissions regulations in the form of Emission Control Areas (ECA) and the approaching IMO 2020 sulfur cap have driven the search for economically, commercially, and environmentally acceptable marine fuels. With advancements in technologies and the significant growth of U.S. liquefied gas export markets, Coast Guard examiners are seeing a new trend on vessels carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and ethane; these vessels are using their cargoes as fuel during ocean transits. In this post, we provide industry with instructions for vessels to request permission to use cargoes other than methane as fuel.

Latest issue of The Gas Gauge Newsletter now available

The Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise published its 2019 Summer edition of The Gas Gauge, a newsletter to share Coast Guard involvement and regulatory updates about the liquefied gas industry.

Marine Safety Center receives new application for ballast water management system type-approval

The Marine Safety Center received its 27th application for type approval for the EcoGuardianTM Ballast Water Treatment System manufactured by HANLA IMS Co., Ltd.

Field Notice 01-2019: Ship Rider program

Field Notice 01-2019 describes the objectives and scope of the Coast Guard’s Advanced Liquefied Gas Ship Rider Program and the functional descriptions and responsibilities of all involved Coast Guard personnel.

Outer Continental Shelf Industry Day in New Orleans

Industry days are held at least annually by the OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections to provide a forum where agency regulators and industry stakeholders can exchange information in the common pursuit of safe, secure, and environmentally sound OCS operations.

Successful Voyages, Sustainable Planet: World Marine Aids to Navigation Day

During its General Assembly last year in Incheon, Republic of Korea, the International Association of Lighthouse and Marine Aids to Navigation Authorities established the first World Marine Aids to Navigation Day on July 1, 2019, with the theme of “Successful Voyages, Sustainable Planet.”

National Maritime Center announces additional credential extensions due to the lapse in appropriations

Merchant mariner credentials and medical certificates (national endorsements only) that expire in December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019, April 2019, May 2019, June 2019, or July 2019 are extended as valid until August 31, 2019. Mariners who are actively working on expired credentials that meet the expiration criteria must carry the expired credential with a copy of the attached letter.

MSIB 005-19: Shipping industry notification to U.S. government of non-availability of compliant fuel oil

Effective immediately, owners and operators of vessels operating in the North American or U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area that are unable to acquire sufficient MARPOL Annex VI compliant fuel oil at a foreign or U.S. port may satisfy the requirement to notify the competent authority of the relevant port of destination by notifying the cognizant U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port.

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