The Coast Guard has set the calendar year 2020 minimum random drug testing
rate at 50 percent of covered crewmembers. The minimum random drug testing
rate is effective January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

For questions about this notice, please contact Mr. Patrick Mannion, Drug
and Alcohol Prevention and Investigation Program Manager, Office of
Investigations and Analysis (CG-INV), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, via

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The Crosby Group has determined the above listed shackles may have a condition that can reduce the ultimate load capacity from the published catalog values. The shackle bow may have a previously undetected defect, and continued use may result in loss of load, property damage, severe injury, or death.

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The Coast Guard is examining all Subchapter T vessels following September’s fatal dive boat fire in California, an officer told a congressional hearing last week.

Rear Adm. Richard Timme, Coast Guard assistant commandant for prevention policy, said he created a task force to inspect the vessels and suggest any needed safety changes. “That includes relooking at the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendations,” he said. Timme testified Nov. 14 before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

And the Coast Guard doesn’t need to wait to make its suggestions until its Marine Board of Investigation finishes its probe of the Labor Day accident that killed 32 passengers and one crew, Timme said. (Subchapter T vessels are under 100 gross tons and carry 150 or fewer passengers or have overnight accommodations for up to 49.)

Timme’s testimony came as the NTSB and others have criticized the agency for not adopting its safety recommendations after other accidents, such as the July 2018 duck boat sinking near Branson, Mo., that killed 17 people. Read More>>>

NOAA seeks public comment on ending production of traditional paper nautical charts

NOAA is initiating a five-year process to end all traditional paper nautical chart production and is seeking the public’s feedback via a Federal Register Notice published on November 15, 2019. Chart users, companies that provide products and services based on NOAA raster and electronic navigational chart (NOAA ENC®) products, and other stakeholders can help shape the manner and timing in which the product sunsetting process will proceed. Comments may be submitted through NOAA’s online ASSIST feedback tool.

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The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing published changes to five Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) concerning qualification for certain Merchant Mariner Credential Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW) endorsements.

As previously announced Sept. 20, 2019, NVICs 04-14, 08-14, and 09-14 were revised to provide guidance on renewal of STCW endorsements for Proficiency in Survival Craft, Proficiency in Survival Craft-Limited, Basic Training, and Advanced Firefighting for mariners serving on vessels in a reduced operating status and on other vessels in operation that do not get underway.

NVIC 12-14 (Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch 500 Gross Tons or More) was revised to remove grandfathering provisions that expired on January 1, 2017, and to add an explanation of the requirement in 46 CFR 11.201(a) to hold an appropriate national endorsement in order to qualify for an STCW endorsement.

NVIC 14-14 (Able Seafarer-Deck) was revised to allow assessments of competence to be performed in locations other than a ship when the use of shipboard equipment is not needed for the assessment, and to add greater flexibility as to how the assessment may be performed.

Visit the Coast Guard’s NVIC webpage to view the revised NVICs. For information about these NVICs or to suggest changes, contact the Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division (CG-MMC-2) at (202) 372-2357 or

From the U.S. Coast Guard

Due to a label error, Marlin Australia PTY, Ltd. has recalled lot 14442C1 of PFDs approved by the US Coast Guard under approval numbers 160.055/215/0 and 160.055/216/0.
Adult Model 320RT (160.055/215/0) incorrectly lists a minimum buoyant force of 32 pounds; the correct minimum buoyant force is 22 pounds. Child Model 321RT (160.055/216/0) incorrectly lists a minimum buoyant force of 16 pounds; the correct minimum buoyant force is 11 pounds. Figure 1 shows the incorrect Adult Model 320RT label.
Both models have been manufactured in accordance with US Coast Guard regulations and standards and continue to perform as approved. Although the recalled PFDs are incorrectly marked, they still meet the minimum buoyancy requirement for a Type I PFD approved under 46 CFR 160.055, Mislabeled PFDs may continue to be used as long as they are in serviceable condition. Continue reading>>>

And here is the recall notice from Marlin (PDF)


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Marine Safety Alert: Inspectors discover unwearable PFDs

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 10-19 to raise awareness of a potentially dangerous circumstance involving Cal-June Jim Buoy Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs).
During several inspections involving different vessels, Coast Guard personnel discovered a significant number (>100) of Type I PFDs that were not wearable if needed during an emergency.

Normally, when the wearer dons the type of PFD shown, they grab both sides of the vest to pull them apart and the waistband strap is free to move. (See photographs 1 and 2). The strap will slide through the left side of the PFD. The user is then able to pull it over their head, pass the strap around their body, clip the end to the D-ring, and tighten it.
Inspectors discovered that the strap had not only been secured at its fixed end, but also fused to the side where it should move freely. As a result, the user is unable to separate the halves of the PFD and get it over their head. Inspectors noted what appears to be the PFD’s vinyl coating had adhered the strap to the wearer’s right side of the PFD where it passes through the wearer’s right half of the jacket.
Jim-Buoy Models #601 or #603 (approval numbers 160.055/115/0 and 160.055/116/0, respectively) with both sides of the vinyl that are fused to the straps (or straps that were fused and then pulled out, leaving a hole that exposes foam) are considered NON-COMPLIANT and must be replaced. While defective PFDs have been found marked with lot numbers 1500, 1540, 1550, 1552, 1553, 1554, 1561, 1614, and 1689, we cannot confirm that this is an exhaustive list. <<<Read More>>>