Department of Transportation

DOT – drug testing programs
The Department of Transportation (DOT) promulgated a final rule expanding the definition of the chain of custody and control form (CCF) with regard to DOT-regulated drug testing programs to include both paper and electronic forms. The rule enters into effect immediately. It should be noted that the USCG drug testing program for US merchant mariners operates within this system. 80 Fed. Reg. 19551 (4/13/15).

Note: This item was brought to my attention by Richard Wells of the Offshore Marine Service Association via Captain Jonathan Kabak.

This year’s Annual Port-Wide Industry Day will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Baltimore Cruise Ship Terminal located at 2001 McComas Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

This event will be held in conjunction with the Federal Agency Trade Fair which will include attendance from several Federal Agencies including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Transportation (DOT), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)m and the Baltimore Development Corporation.

Please view the Port-Wide Industry Day 2014 Invitation.

Please RSVP by using the following link by Friday, April 25, 2014:


For additional questions or concerns, please contact CWO Todd Bethel at

For technical issues with online registration, please contact Program Support Assistant Tammy M. Hicks at 410-576-2506.

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) proposes to establish accessibility guidelines for the construction and alteration of passenger vessels covered by the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).  The guidelines would apply to passenger vessels, other than ferries and tenders, permitted to carry more than 150 passengers or more than 49 overnight passengers; ferries permitted to carry more than 99 passengers; and tenders permitted to carry more than 59 passengers.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are required to issue accessibility standards for the construction and alteration of passenger vessels covered by the ADA that are consistent with the Access Board guidelines.  Passenger vessel owners and operators would not be required to comply with the guidelines until they are adopted by DT and DOJ as accessibility standards.  The Access Board will hold a hearing on the proposed guidelines on 10 July in Washington, DC.  Written comments should be submitted by 23 September.  78 Fed. Reg. 38101  (June 25, 2013).

Courtesy of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

Director Jim Swart of the Office of the Secretary Transportation, Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, and Department of Transportation, has issued a statement regarding the recent state initiatives to permit use of marijuana for “recreational purposes” and it’s potential impact on the regulation about the use of marijuana by safety-sensitive transportation employees.

Director Swart states that the state initiatives will have “no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regluated drug testing program. “The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation…does not authorize the use of Schedule 1 drugs, including marijuana, for any reason” Click here to read the entire statement.


The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Transportation jointly released the 2010 Federal Radionavigation Plan. The FRP is the official source of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) policy and planning for the federal government. Among other things, the FRP notes that the government is exploring options for a GPS backup system now that the LORAN system has been terminated. (4/25/11)

This looks like it is in response to the presidential directive to review, streamline and improve existing regulations in each governmental department. Click here to read the docket. (PDF)


On August 16, 2010, DOT published a final rule which will go into effect on October 1, 2010. This rule affects anyone in a random drug testing program mandated by the US Coast Guard.

The new regulation adds MDMA, known on the street as Ecstasy, to the list of drugs screened for in DOT mandated drug tests.

For initial tests, the agency lowered the cutoff levels for detecting the presence of cocaine and amphetamines, and heroin was added to the list.

Initial tests are the first tests done on samples. If a sample shows positive results for illegal drugs, it is then put through a confirmation test.

Drugs that will be screened for once the regulation goes into effect include:

€ Marijuana

€ Cocaine

€ Opiate metabolites of codeine and/or morphine

€ 6-Acetylmorphine, which is heroin

€ Phencyclidine, commonly referred to as PCP

€ Amphetamines of AMP and/or MAMP, such as speed

€ MDMA, street name Ecstasy

Beginning October 1, any USCG mandated drug tests will automatically incorporate the new regulations.

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