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What's New

The Coast Guard has released an AIS Encoding Guide. International and domestic regulations require that mariners maintain each AIS in effective operating condition which includes accurate data input and upkeep of AIS data parameters. The guide may assist in meeting those requirements.

The Coast Guard published NVIC 01 15 to provide guidance for the identification and reporting of marine casualties. The NVIC clarifies terminology used in the reporting regulation, draws attention to additional regulatory citations related to reporting and provides detailed regulatory interpretations to assist all involved parties in the marine casualty reporting and investigation process.

The Coast Guard has issued a new Marine Safety Alert which discusses recent safety concerns discovered on vessels with fixed CO2 fire fighting systems. The safety alert can be found in the Safety Alert section within Policy and Guidance.

The Coast Guard has published a notice about changes in the way it makes Light Lists available to the public.

The Coast Guard has issued a new Marine Safety Alert to remind vessel owners and operators about the importance of maintaining machinery, knowing escape routes and conducting thorough engineering watches. The safety alert can be found in the Safety Alert section within Policy and Guidance.

The Coast Guard has issued a new Marine Safety Alert to remind vessel owners and operators about the importance of establishing effective fuel oil changeover procedures to comply with MARPOL Annex VI emission regulations. The safety alert can be found in the Safety Alert section within Policy and Guidance.

The Coast Guard has published a notice that set the calendar year 2015 minimum random drug testing rate at 25 percent of covered crewmembers.

The Transportation Security Administration has announced possible delays in processing TWIC applications.

A new FAQ has been posted regarding fire detection system certification on UTVs that hold SOLAS certificates. The FAQ can be found under FAQs in the “Fire Fighting, Protection & Suppression Equipment” section.

The Coast Guard has published a final rule that makes non-substantive changes to its regulations. This final rule makes conforming amendments and technical corrections to the Coast Guard’s Inland Navigation Rules and is effective as of November 18, 2014.

The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee for a three-year term commencing September 30, 2015. More information is available from Coast Guard Maritime Commons.

The Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Alert to remind shoreside and vessel personnel of the importance of designing and maintaining emergency systems to be logical and easily operated in high stress situations, maintaining a high level of crew familiarity with emergency systems, and exercising safeguards during testing to mitigate the risk of human error or system malfunction. The safety alert can be found in the Safety Alert section within Policy and Guidance.

The Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 17-14 Change 1 which provides an update to the maritime industry with respect to assessing Ebola risks and the responsibility of vessel/facility agents, owners, masters, operators, Area Maritime Security Committee members, and persons to immediately report potential communicable disease hazards to the United States Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Update 1 provides information on Coast Guard review of all notice of arrivals from countries listed as “Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel ” within the last five ports of call. As of this date, the countries listed are Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia but if the CDC modifies that list, the Coast Guard will adjust its review accordingly.

The Coast Guard published ALCOAST 411/14 announcing the promulgation of the Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook, Commandant Instruction 16672.2. No paper distribution will be made. You can find the handbook on the Coast Guard Navigation Center Navrules website.

The Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 17-14 which provides an update to the maritime industry with respect to assessing Ebola risks and the responsibility of vessel/facility agents, owners, masters, operators, Area Maritime Security Committee members, and persons to immediately report potential communicable disease hazards to the United States Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Coast Guard has issued a new safety alert to remind barge operators of their obligation to meet current barge lighting regulations. The safety alert can be found in the Safety Alert section within Policy and Guidance.

The Coast Guard has issued a new safety alert titled Preventing Barge Explosions. This safety alert was developed to raise awareness and highlight critical lessons learned from actual incidents.

The Coast Guard has published a request for applications in the Federal Register seeking applications for membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee.

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