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.
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.
The National Maritime Center has released guidance to training providers, designated examiners (DEs) , and qualified assessors (QAs) . On March 30, 2020, the Coast Guard published a Marine Safety Information Bulletin 08-20, (Change 1) announcing several updates based on the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to help minimize possible exposure of the novel coronavirus to offshore oil and gas facilities the Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge Marine Inspection has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 20-03 that allows operators to differ the third party inspections associated with the Coast Guard regulated firefighting and lifesaving systems, as well as cranes, until 31 July, 2020.
The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 15-20, “Recommendation for DUKW Passenger Vessel Canopy Removal.”
The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment held its 7th session at IMO headquarters in London on March 2-6, 2020. A list of key topics discussed at SSE 7 is provided.
The TSA is granting a temporary exemption from requirements regarding the expiration of certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials due to COVID-19.
The Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Standards Evaluation and Development has provided a blog post to explain the process for evaluating deregulatory actions, discuss those completed and note those currently under review.
RDML Richard Timme writes about the Coast Guard’s role in safeguarding the Maritime Transportation System during the COVID-19 pandemic.