EPA – VGP webinar
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice [located at http://www.brymar-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/incidental%20discharges/VGP_webinar_141211.pdf] stating that it is hosting a webinar on 7 January to discuss the annual report requirements of the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) and to provide an overview of how to use EPA’s electronic tool for preparing and submitting those reports. (12/11/14).

SEA Crew Training Flyer DEC 2014

Sign up for crew training with SEA this December 

SEA is offering the following training classes at their Falmouth campus next month, so be sure to register! The courses available are Bridge Resource Management, Wilderness First Responder, and Basic Safety Training.  The price of the course includes housing and lunch each training day held on campus. Click here to read the flier (PDF).


Please review the STCW NVICs as the information on vessel sec. officers pertains to some of our members.

The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing availability of five Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) implementing the agency’s final rule aligning regulations with amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) and changes to national endorsements.

This third set of STCW NVICs entered into effect on 24 October and consist of:

(1) Guidelines for Qualifications for High-Speed Craft Type-Rating Endorsements (NVIC 20-14)

(2) Guidelines on Qualification for Endorsements for Vessel Security Officers, Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties, and Security awareness (NVIC 21-14)

(3) Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements for Officers and Ratings on Oil, Chemical, and Liquefied Gas Tank Vessels (NVIC 22-14)

(4) Guidelines for Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Electro-Technical Officer on Vessels Powered by main Propulsion Machinery of 750 kW/1,000 HP or More (NVIC 23-14)

(5) Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Electro-Technical Rating on Vessels Powered by Main Propulsion Machinery of 750 kW/1,000 HP or More (NVIC 24-14).

79 Fed. Reg. 63547 [located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-24/pdf/2014-24869.pdf ] (10/24/14).

USCG – Failure to Disclose Convictions

Photo Credit: BrianGriffinFan (Deviant Art)

Photo Credit: BrianGriffinFan (Deviant Art)

The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) posted an announcement stating that it has noted an increase in the number of applications in which the applicants have not properly disclosed previous convictions as required.

If an applicant pleads guilty or no contest, is granted deferred adjudication, or is required by a court to attend classes, make contributions of time or money, receive treatment, submit to any manner of probation or supervision, or forego appeal of a trial court’s conviction, then the Coast Guard will consider the applicant to have received a conviction.

Further, an applicant’s signature in Section III of the CG-719B application form acknowledges the potential consequences of false statements (i.e., grounds for denial of the application as well as criminal prosecution and financial penalty). (10/8/14).

From Maritime Executive -

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday the publication of the final rule finalizing changes to the inland navigation rules and their annexes in 33 Code of Federal Regulations parts 83 through 88.

This action aligns the Inland Navigation Rules in the Code of Federal Regulations with the amendments made by the International Maritime Organization to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, to which the United States is a signatory. Also, the action incorporates recommendations made by the Navigation Safety Advisory Council.

The changes to the current rules will reduce regulatory burdens by adding more options for vessel lighting, alleviating bell requirements, explaining whistle equipment options and adding more options for navigational equipment. These changes also address the technological advancements of wing-in-ground craft and increase public awareness of the inland navigation requirements by reorganizing and making format changes.

The final rule can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-02/pdf/2014-14413.pdf

Statement to the Sailing Ship Community Regarding the USCG Report on the sinking of BOUNTY

Tall Ships America has reviewed the USCG report released on 6-12-14. Its findings of fact, analysis, and conclusions are consistent with our understanding of the events leading up to the loss and the loss itself. We wish to offer our appreciation to CDR Carroll and his team for their thorough, professional, and sensitive management of their investigation. Furthermore, we wish to extend our most sincere and heartfelt thanks for the great courage and skill of the Coast Guard members who took part in the rescue the BOUNTY crew.

We fully endorse recommendations set forth in CAPT Burton’s letter of 2 May 2014. Tall Ships America will take action consistent with the ones that are directed to our attention.

View the full report here

Tall Ships America has been pro-active on this front for many years, well before the BOUNTY tragedy. Our Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, our annual International Safety Forum, Regional Meetings, and various member communications have presented workshops, discussion forums, expert presentations, and informational updates addressing Safety Management Systems, Bridge Resource Management, risk assessment models, organizational best practices, heavy weather systems and forecasting, crew training, and other relevant topics. Experts from the Coast Guard, the National Weather Service, National Transportation Safety Board and other recognized safety authorities frequently contribute to and participate in these discussions, and we continue to welcome their expertise.

The loss of BOUNTY has certainly caused the sailing ship community to focus on these issues to an even higher degree. In concert with the Coast Guard, Tall Ships America will strive to do all we can to avoid another such tragedy. We appreciate the high level of cooperation that has been forthcoming from many facets of the Coast Guard, and we look forward to continuing this cooperative effort.

We suggest that all vessel operators and administrators read the report and recommendations, and consider the implications for safety management in your own operations. These topics, so vitally important to the safety of every mariner, trainee, and student involved in our ships will continue to be discussed and processed in Tall Ships America meetings and communications. Similarly, we encourage you to keep the discussion of safety and the reach for best practices as a dynamic and active process, fundamental to your operational management and success.

The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public and support education under sail.

TSA – TWIC card services

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that it is upgrading the technology used for issuance of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). During the system upgrade, specific TWIC card services will be temporarily unavailable. Services for Card Transfers, Card Replacements, and Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC will be unavailable from 22 April through 4 May. If you need to utilize these services and require your TWIC prior to or during this time, place your order no later than 14 April. Card Pick-Up, Activation, and Personal Identification Number (PIN) Resets will be unavailable from 26 April through 4 May. (4/4/14).


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