Inland Towing Operators Working Together (ITOW) approved as third party organization under Subchapter M

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) posted on its website Aug. 5, 2019, that the Coast Guard has approved Inland Towing Operators Working Together (ITOW) as a third-party organization (TPO) to carry out certain functions in accordance with Subchapter M. A complete list of all ten Coast Guard approved TPOs can be found on the TPO webpage.

New edition of Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise newsletter now available

This edition provides information to maritime stakeholders and Coast Guard units on a variety of topics, including ICOC exams, safety updates, and more.

Use of wrong materials delivers final blow to burning vessel

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 08-19 to ensure owners/operators understand federal fuel system requirements following the results of an investigation into a deadly fire aboard a casino vessel.

Marine casualty reporting forms updated

The CG-2692 series of forms for reporting marine casualties has been re-approved by the Office of Management and Budget and updated with the new expiration date of July 31, 2022. Owners, agents, masters, operators, or persons in charge of a vessel should begin using the updated versions of the CG-2692 series immediately.

MARPOL deficiencies found on bilge alarm systems

This post provides information regarding recent deficiencies involving bilge system alarms identified on four different vessels.

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

The application is for the BAWAT Ballast Water Management System Mk2 manufactured by BAWAT A/S.

Comment period opens for draft policy letter on accepting viability testing in BWMS type approval

Comments on the draft policy letter must reach the Coast Guard by Sept. 30, 2019.

Coast Guard begins investigation into 2 deaths aboard offshore facility

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, convened a formal investigation, Thursday, for the incident that occurred onboard the offshore production facility Auger, June 30, 2019.

Coast Guard, Arctic partners head to Norway for work group meeting on oil spill response, search and rescue in the Arctic

The working group, formed in 1991, is comprised of representatives from each of the Arctic Council nations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the U.S. Their work focuses on matters related to marine environmental response and search and rescue in the Arctic marine environment.

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