Notice of public meeting: IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

The Department of State will hold a public meeting, led by the Coast Guard, Feb. 24, 2020, in Washington DC, to prepare for the 7th Session of the IMO’s Subcommittee on Ship Systems and equipment.

Towing Safety Advisory Committee teleconference scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference March 10, to discuss the two committee’s two current tasks. The Towing Safety Advisory Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.

Applicants sought for National Maritime Security Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is requesting applications from individuals interested in serving as a member of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. This committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, via the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to national maritime security, including on enhancing the sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks that may cause a transportation security incident. Application deadline is April 20, 2020.

Update to Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance added new FAQs to the Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities: Frequently Asked Questions, which were originally published June 13, 2019.

Potential for Positive Drug Test Result from Use of Hemp-Plant Products

This Marine Safety Advisory is to ensure that mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations are aware that some products marketed as hemp or cannabidiol (CBD) may contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cause a positive drug test.

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

The Marine Safety Center received an application for type approval for the Microfade II Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Resources for voluntarily establishing a Safety Management System

The Coast Guard recently promulgated Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-20 to assist owners and operators wishing to voluntarily implement a SMS. In this post, Rear Adm. Richard Timme shares the MSIB and provides his perspective on SMS.

Latest ‘Drill Down’ – Official Logbooks

Now a legal requirement, ship logs and records are recorded in either an Official Logbook or an unofficial record or logbook. But what is the difference between an Official Logbook and an unofficial log or record? And what are the requirements for an Official Logbook? This issue of Drill Down explains Official Logbooks for OSVs, when they are required, and when an unofficial logbook is suitable for record-keeping.

Have you checked your lifeboat cables? Damage can contribute to unintended hook opening

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued a Marine Safety Alert to bring awareness to the importance of checking for and replacing damaged control cables that operate between the release handle and hook in a lifeboat hook release system.

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