United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria

The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a global advisory to alert the maritime industry, and those active in the energy and metals sectors to deceptive shipping practices used to evade sanctions, with a focus on Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Financial responsibility – Vessels; Superseded Pollution Funds

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a proposal to expand regulations on vessel financial responsibility for all tank vessels greater than 100 gross tons as required by statute, and to make other amendments that clarify and update reporting requirements, reflect current practice, and remove unnecessary regulations.

Guidance Regarding Affidavits Used in Conjunction with Mariner Credentialing

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing has published a Policy Letter to provide guidance on the affidavits required with an application for a duplicate merchant mariner credential and mariner medical certificate.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Techcross, Inc.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 32nd U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Techcross, Inc.

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

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 31st U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Miura Co., Ltd.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificates to Hyde Marine, Inc.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 30th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Hyde Marine, Inc., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval applications determined the systems met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

National Maritime Center launches electronic delivery process for renewal examinations

The National Maritime Center will launch a centralized electronic delivery process (via e-mail) for renewal examinations in order to maintain the flow of mariner credentials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Towing Safety Advisory Committee Spring 2020 meeting summary

On March 10, 2020 the Coast Guard’s Towing Safety Advisory Committee conducted a teleconference meeting where committee members voted unanimously to accept and issue the Coast Guard a final report on Task No.17-02 – Load Line Exemptions for River Barges on Lakes Erie and Ontario.

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