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Category: Commercial Vessel Compliance

Nov. 21, 2023

Federal Register Notice: 2022 Liquid Chemical Categorization Updates

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is aligning liquid chemical categorization tables in its tank vessels and bulk dangerous cargo regulations with the 2020 Edition of the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk and the International Maritime Organization’s 2019 Marine Environment Protection Committee’s Circular 25.

Nov. 15, 2023

New Policies Related to Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response on Commercial Vessels

The James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 introduced important updates to various laws within Title 46 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) to enhance crew safety and address sexual assault and sexual harassment. Key changes include mandated surveillance systems, crew training, reporting procedures, and master key controls on select vessels.

Oct. 30, 2023

Policy Letter on Implementation of Fire Safety Interim Rule on Small Passenger Vessels

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) announces the publication of a new policy letter titled “Covered Small Passenger Vessel” Fire Safety Interim Rule Implementation.

Sept. 29, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions on Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, and Harassment Reporting Requirements

Beginning in April 2023, Coast Guard Officers in Charge, Marine Inspections (OCMI) began a year-long education and outreach campaign to maritime industry personnel on the requirements and preferred mechanisms for an individual or responsible entity to file a report. During these interactions, Coast Guard personnel encountered a series of frequently asked questions, which are provided below.

July 28, 2023

Pilot Cards

IMO Greenhouse Gas Strategy and recent MARPOL Annex VI requirements for EEXI and CII are requiring the shipping industry to makes changes to their vessels.

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