National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and its subcommittee are meeting in New Orleans March 24th and 25th to discuss committee matters relating to the safety of operations and other matters affecting the offshore oil and gas industry. All meetings will be open to the public.

Request for applications for National Boating Safety Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is requesting applications to fill 21 positions on the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee. This recently established committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to national boating safety. Applications are due by April 6, 2020.

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

The Marine Safety Center received an application for type approval for the ATPS-BLUEsys Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Panasonic Environmental Systems & Engineering Co., Ltd.

Marine Safety Alert: Alarming trends found on fixed gas detection systems

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 02-20 to educate the maritime community about common discrepancies associated with fixed gas detection systems on board liquefied gas carriers.

This just in: Results from 2019 Operation Dry Water

The Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety is sharing the latest results from 2019’s Operation Dry Water, a nationwide awareness and enforcement campaign to deter boating under the influence.

Marine Safety Information Bulletin: Novel Coronavirus update

The Coast Guard Director of Incident Management and Preparedness issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20, “Novel Coronavirus,” to provide additional information and guidance to the maritime community regarding the current novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

Congressional Hearing Alert: The Northern Northern Border: Homeland Security Priorities in the Arctic, Part II

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant Adm. Charles W. Ray will testify at a Congressional hearing focused on the Arctic February 5 at 10 a.m.

Improper bonding during gas freeing leads to dangerous results

photo of blown out cargo tank

Flammable vapors within a cargo tank are removed using mechanical air-moving equipment. As outside air is introduced into the cargo tank, the vapor/air mixture within the tank, and near the tank openings, will fall into the flammable range. During this time, if the air moving equipment used to gas free the cargo tank is not the proper type, is not properly maintained, or is not properly electrically bonded and secured to the vessel’s structure, static electricity generated by the air moving equipment can discharge as an electric arc and ignite the flammable vapor/air mixture. This post provides guidance to vessel owners/operators about the proper procedures to prevent potentially deadly explosions.

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) Update: AIS Access and Reporting and Enforcement Data Working Group

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In this post, the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards provides an overview of a recent conference call with 55 states and territories to establish a working group to address issues related to the 2018 Vessel Incidental Discharge Act.

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