July 6, 2016
Via Maritime Executive daily e-newsletter, an update on the Coast Guard form 2692 written report (with video!). The Maritime Executive article address what the Coast Guard considers to be the obligation of mariners when it comes to reporting incidents.
When to Report (PDF) Maritime Executive
Along the same topic, via Bryants Maritime blog, the US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective immediately, it is utilizing new marine casualty reporting forms. The new forms are: CG-2692 – Report of Marine Casualty, Commercial Diving Casualty, or OCS-Related Casualty; CG-2692A – Barge Addendum; CG-2692B – Report of Mandatory Chemical Testing Following a Serious Marine Incident; CG-2692C – Personnel Injury Addendum; and CG-2692D – Involved Persons and Witnesses Addendum. The previous edition of the forms may continue to be utilized until 1 January 2017. (7/1/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/07/01/712016-coast-guard-releases-updated-cg-2692-form-for-marine-casualty-reporting/]. Note: Form CG-2692C and Form CG-2692D are new. It is recommended that mariners take the time to play the video accompanying the notice.
June 8, 2016
The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice reminding mariners of various 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention that will enter into effect on 1 January 2017. These include STCW gap closing requirements; ECDIS limitations; renewal of certain STCW endorsements; and qualified assessor issues. (6/3/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/010117_stcw_changes_notice.pdf].
via Bryants Maritime Consulting
June 6, 2016
The US Coast Guard issued Change 2 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 04-08 entitled “Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials”. The major changes include guidelines for issuance of separate medical certificates (implementing recent changes to STCW); guidance for evaluation of applicants taking various medications; and guidance concerning the medical review process. NVIC 04-08, Change 2 (25 April 2016)
Via Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
May 20, 2016
The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert stating that it has withdrawn the Certificate of Approval for NAMMO LIAB AB Orange Smoke Hand Distress Signal, alternately labeled as Polar MK 4 by NAMMO LIAB AB or as IKAROS by Hansson Pyrotech. This action was taken because the chemical makeup of the signal was changed in October 2013 without Coast Guard approval and the signal as subsequently manufactured is at risk of spontaneous combustion if dropped. Safety Alert 04-16
April 25, 2016
The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing availability of NVIC 02-16 – Inspection Guidance for Sail Rigging and Masts on Inspected Sailing Vessels. 81 Fed. Reg. 23001
Here is the document, for your reading pleasure (PDF)
March 24, 2016
From the Coast Guard, here is a link to a summary of changes to regulations, policy letters and safety alerts for passenger vessels.
Summary of changes 2016 (PDF)
March 18, 2016
Via Bryants Maritime Blog
The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice announcing revisions to the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) booklet. All currently active credentials will remain valid until their printed expiration dates. located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/new_mmc_announcement.pdf