Area Maritime Security Committees 2018 Annual Report published

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance announces the publication of the consolidated report on the status and work completed in 2018 by Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs).

NVIC: Maintenance, examination, testing, and repair of lifesaving systems

The Coast Guard published a NVIC that provides guidance to the maritime industry and Coast Guard personnel describing how vessel owners and operators may comply with amendments to SOLAS Chapter III, Regulation 3 and 20, that will enter into force on January 1, 2020.

Notice of Public Meeting: Consistent Implementation of Regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI (Global 0.50% Sulfur Limit)

The Coast Guard will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2019, to review and discuss the MARPOL Annex VI provisions for implementing the Global 0.50% Sulfur Limit and the associated guidance developed through the International Maritime Organization, as well as discuss related issues and Coast Guard enforcement plans.

Exhaust gas scrubbers on foreign ships in North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Areas

Policy letter 12-04 has been amended to reflect a change in policy on correspondence from flag administrations regarding equivalencies for exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) under MARPOL.

Lifejacket Approval Harmonization Notice of Availability

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is finalizing the policy harmonizing personal flotation device standards between the United States and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs. As a result, PFD manufacturers can meet a single North American standard instead of separate standards for the United States and Canada.

Congressional hearing alert: Commercial and Passenger Vessel Safety: Challenges, Opportunities

Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. Richard Timme will testify before a Congressional Hearing focused on passenger vessel safety, Thursday, November 14th at 2 p.m.

Update from September’s BWM Tech North America conference

In September, staff from Coast Guard Headquarters attended the Ballast Water Management Tech North America Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lt. Jacob Baldassini, an engineer with the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Center, gave attendees an update on the state of the Coast Guard’s type approval program, and guidance on several specific issues about which the MSC receives regular inquiries. Maritime Commons is sharing an overview of his comments for the benefit of our readers unable to attend.

Design guidance for commercial vessels using Lithium-Ion batteries for propulsion or electrical systems

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Policy Letter No. 02-19 “Design Guidance for Lithium-Ion Battery Installations Onboard Commercial Vessels” to improve the plan approval process for commercial vessel propulsion or electrical systems powered by installed Lithium-ion batteries. The policy does not apply to the carriage of Li-ion batteries as cargo or portable devices with Li-ion batteries that are not permanently installed on the vessel.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to HANLA IMS Co., Ltd.

The Marine Safety Center issued the 24th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to HANLA IMS Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

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