Amendments to MARPOL 73/78 accepting electronic record books

On October 1, 2020, amendments to MARPOL 73/78 entered into force permitting vessels to electronically record discharges, transfers, and other reportable operations required under Annexes I, II, V and VI in Electronic Record Books (ERB); see IMO Resolution MEPC.314(74). Coast Guard Port State Control Officers (PSCO) and Marine Inspectors will begin examining ERBs in a similar manner as written record books.

Marine Safety Center receives two new applications for Ballast Water Management System type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received two applications for Ballast WaterManagement System (BWMS) type approval for the SKF BlueSonic BWMSmanufactured by SKF Marine GmbH, and the PureBallast 2.0 BWMS manufactured byAlfa […]

MSIB: Malicious email spoofing incidents

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published MSIB 19-20 “Malicious email spoofing incidents” to highlight several recent cyber events involving increasingly sophisticated malicious email spoofing techniques within the Marine Transportation System (MTS).

MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Mariner Credentials – Update (Change 4)

The Coast Guard has posted Change 4 to MSIB 08-20, titled COVID-19 – Mariner Credentials, which updates information on extensions to merchant mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals.

Rajiv Khandpur, Chief, Office of Waterways Management and Ocean Policy to retire after 30 years of service

Please join me in sending best wishes for fair winds and following seas to Mr. Rajiv Khandpur as he retires on September 30th from the Coast Guard after 30 years of significant and accomplished service.

Policy Letter: Multiple Independent Labs for Type Approval Testing of Ballast Water Management Systems

The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards has published a final Policy Letter on using multiple Independent Laboratories for evaluating Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). This clarifies the intent of […]

MSIB: Exemptions to TWIC requirements related to COVID-19 – Update (Change 1)

The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 13-20 – (Change 1) “Transportation Worker Identification Credential Operations – Change 1” to update temporary exemptions to credential expiration related to COVID-19.

Crediting Recent Sea Service of Personnel Serving on Vessels of the Uniformed Services

As a courtesy to our audience, Maritime Commons will provide a daily compilation of nationally-relevant Federal Register Notices, or those notices that may impact a large segment of our readers. To provide […]

Work Instruction: Laid up Inspected/Examined Vessels

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published Work Instruction CVC-WI-018(1), “Laid up Inspected/Examined Vessels.” This work instruction outlines the process of laying up inspected and examined commercial vessels and provides greater consistency […]

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