National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee intersessional meeting of the subcommittee on sea service for Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing is hosting an intersessional meeting of the National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (N-MERPAC) subcommittee on Sea Service for Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Endorsements. The subcommittee will meet virtually through Microsoft Teams on April 5, 2022. The meeting will convene 12 p.m.-3 p.m. (EDT).

Mariner Training Provider (MTP) course delivery methods

As training providers and the Coast Guard embrace the use of remote training delivery tools and methodologies, the National Maritime Center (NMC) is updating its course approval business practices.

Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group (Update)

The National Maritime Center (NMC) is hosting an examination working group from April 12- 14, 2022, in accordance with 46 USC 7510 to review USCG Deck Officer examination questions related to Piloting knowledge topics (Chart Plot) required by 46 CFR 11.910, and is soliciting participants.

Industry Notice: Low flashpoint fuel exams on foreign passenger vessels 

The Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) and the Liquefied Gas Carriers National Center of Expertise (LGCNCOE) have issued a Joint Industry Notice to provide guidance to cruise ship owners, operators, and builders regarding United States Coast Guard examinations for foreign passenger vessels built with fuel systems utilizing Low-flashpoint fuels (LFF).

Marine Safety Alert: Lithium battery fire

The Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis has released Marine Safety Alert 01-22, to increase awareness of these hazards of transporting lithium batteries.

MSIB: COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System: Change-4

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-21 Change 4 “COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System”. Change-4 to this MSIB reflects that the CDC has issued no new guidance for maritime travel and continues to require mask wear in indoor areas of conveyances and US transportation hubs. All previous guidance outlined in MSIB 03-21 CH-3 remains in effect.

Hazardous Weather Outlook service extended to the Eastern Pacific Ocean

In coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the U.S. Coast Guard is pleased to announce the addition of a new Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO) service that covers the Eastern Pacific Ocean. 

Policy Letter Update – Guidance on the audit scheme for vessels using a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) has announced the update to Policy Letter 18-01, CH.1, Guidance on the Audit Scheme for Vessels Using a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) Option. 

Federal Register Notice: National Boating Safety Advisory Committee meeting

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee and its Subcommittees will meet in Annapolis, MD to discuss matters relating to recreational boating safety. The meeting will be open to the public via a virtual platform. There is also limited in-person access.

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