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Update to MSIB 13-23 — Coast Guard Policies to Address Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response on Vessels

Jan. 2, 2024 | By Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC)

The Coast Guard has published an update to MSIB 13-23 — Coast Guard Policies to Address Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response on Vessels. This update includes information on frequently asked questions from the public regarding changes to Title 46 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) to enhance vessel safety and address sexual assault and sexual harassment. In November of 2023, the Coast Guard released four policy documents to provide compliance guidance. The Coast Guard is committed to fostering a safer and more respectful maritime environment through the elimination of sexual assault and sexual harassment from the workplace. For more information, refer to our Maritime Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 13-2023, Ch. 1. Also, see MSIB 1-23 for further information on reporting sexual misconduct on U.S. vessels. Please see the list of Policy Letters and Work Instructions on the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) website

If you have any questions regarding implementation of these new requirements on your vessel, please seek advice from your local Officer in Charge, Marine inspections. For any questions regarding this blog post, please contact 

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