The Department of State will conduct a public meeting of the Shipping Coordination Committee at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021, by way of teleconference to prepare for the 103rd session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee.
Federal Register Notice: National Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee; April 2021 Teleconference
The National Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (Committee) will meet via teleconference to discuss matters relating to medical certification determinations for issuance of licenses, certificates of registry, and merchant mariners’ documents, medical standards and guidelines for the physical qualifications of operators of commercial vessels, medical examiner education, and medical research. The meeting will be open to the public.
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The Coast Guard has published Change 1 to Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 02-21 to provide updated guidance on the requirement for wearing masks on commercial vessels in Executive Order (13998) issued by the President on January 21, 2021.
Marine Safety Alert: Blocked freeing ports can trap seawater on deck reducing your vessel’s stability
The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 03-21 to address potentially dangerous situation involving the closure of freeing ports on commercial fishing vessels.
The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 02-21 to address an increasing failure rate amongst the inspected towing vessel fleet with regards to fixed and portable emergency dewatering equipment failing to operate as designed.
The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 01-21 to address issues with non-compliant SEE-ME 1.0 LED PFD lights.
The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has issued MSIB 04-21 “COVID-19 Crew Change Issues” to provide guidance for U.S. mariners who may be experiencing crew change issues abroad and for foreign mariners who may be experiencing crew change issues while in the U.S.
Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL) as of April 1, 2021, as the U.S. Coast Guard implements a law passed by Congress.