The 59th meeting of the U.S. Civil GPS Service Interface Committee was held Sept. 16-17, 2019, in Miami, Florida. For readers who were unable to attend, Maritime Commons is providing the below synopsis of the meeting and presentations. The full agenda and presentations are available for download from the GPS.gov website.
Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Department of Transportation chemical testing continues to identify as dangerous drug users individuals with significant amounts of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, metabolized into their system. Marijuana use remains criminal at the federal level under U.S. Code.
1/18/2018: Marine Safety Advisory 01-18 Expansion of Dept. of Transportation drug screening to include semi-synthetic opiates
This Marine Safety Advisory is to ensure mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations are informed of recent changes to the Department of Transportation Drug Testing requirements. As the U.S. Coast Guard requires a DOT drug test, this MSA seeks to broadly communicate important changes effecting mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Coast Guard Navigation Center will host the 57th meeting of the Civil Global Positioning System Service Interface Committee, Sept. 25-26, 2017, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. CGSIC meetings are free and open to the public.
The Department of State will conduct an open meeting led by the United States Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Headquarters Building, Washington, DC. More information is available in the Federal Register and on the Coast Guard’s IMO Homepage.