5 urgent cybersecurity actions for executives

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently posted 5 urgent focus areas for every CEO to consider regarding the ongoing threat of cyber-attacks to U.S. infrastructure and businesses.

Work Instruction update – “Request for Recognized Organization Internal Quality Management System Review – Quality Case”

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) has released an update to Work Instruction (WI)-005, Request for Recognized Organization (RO) Internal Quality Management System (QMS) Review—Quality Case.  

Foreign Passenger Vessel Initial Certificate of Compliance (ICOC) Work Instruction

The Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) has published Industry Notice 22-01 to announce the release of the Foreign Passenger Vessel Initial Certificate of Compliance (ICOC) Work Instruction Guide for Conducting ICOC Exams.

National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee appoints additional new member

The Coast Guard announces the appointment of Deyne Umphress to serve as a member of the National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (N-MERPAC) representing qualified members of the engine department.

Top medical certificate “awaiting information” reasons in 2021

In this post the NMC presents the general and specific reasons that mariners will receive an awaiting information (AI) letter for medical certificate applications.

Federal Register Notice: Public meeting in preparation for IMO sub-committee on pollution prevention and response meeting

As announced in the Federal Register, the Department of State and the Coast Guard will conduct a public meeting by teleconference at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 to prepare for the ninth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 9) to be held remotely, April 4th-8th, 2022.

Policy Letter: Guidelines for human-supervised testing of remote controlled and autonomous systems on vessels

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) has issued Policy Letter 22-01 “Guidelines for Human-Supervised Testing of Remote Controlled and Autonomous Systems on Vessels” to provide direction and guidance to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) and Captains of the Port (COTP) in response to industry requests seeking to implement remote control and autonomous systems on vessels.

IMO 2022 meeting schedule

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) continues to make a positive impact on safety, security and environmental stewardship in the maritime sector with an aggressive Programme of Meetings for 2022. 

Coast Guard releases Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-22, Acceptance of Novel Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements

The Coast Guard has published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-22,  “Acceptance of Novel Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements.”

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