Final update from National Maritime Center on Fiscal year 2019 partial government shutdown

Merchant mariner credentials and medical certificates (national endorsements only) that expired in December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019, April 2019, May 2019, June 2019, or July 2019 will remain valid only until August 31, 2019. No further credential extensions are authorized.

Cancellation of OCS policy on life extension requirements for floating OCS facilities

The Coast Guard has been continuing to strengthen its joint regulatory oversight and compliance schemes with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to ensure a consistent approach to the OCS oil and gas industry. In this post, Eighth District OCS OCMI Capt. Russell Holmes provides an update on the latest projects, including the cancellation of a policy letter on floating facility life extension requests.

Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet Sept. 10-11, 2019, in Galveston, Texas.

Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee announced in the Federal Register that it will meet in Port Huron, Michigan, Sept. 12, 2019 to discuss matters relating to Great Lakes pilotage.

NVIC: Coast Guard roles, responsibilities regarding Offshore Renewable Energy Installations

This NVIC will assist the Coast Guard in providing input to the Lead Agency for environmental review and decision-making purposes. Additionally, this circular provides guidance to members of industry, port safety and security stakeholders, and the public on the Coast Guard’s role and responsibilities in the OREI application process.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Person in charge of fuel oil transfers on an inspected vessel

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the requirements regulating personnel permitted to serve as a person in charge of fuel oil transfers on an inspected vessel by adding the option of using a letter of designation in lieu of a Merchant Mariner Credential with a Tankerman-PIC endorsement.

2019 Guidelines for Oil Spill Removal Organization Classification Program

The major revision in the 2019 guidelines center on realigning the classification program with applicable regulation provisions.

Consumer Price Index adjustments of Oil Pollution Act of 1990 limits of liability

The final rule adjusts the limits of liability for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, as amended, to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index since 2015. These regulatory inflation increases to the limits of liability are required by OPA 90 and are necessary to preserve the deterrent effect and “polluter pays” principle embodied in the Act.

U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-12: Threats to Commercial Vessels by Iran

As a courtesy to our readers, Maritime Commons is sharing the content of  U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-012 to alert our readers that heightened military activity and increased political tensions in the Persian […]

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