Category: Operating & Environmental Standards

Jan. 25, 2024

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Atlantic Coast Shipping Safety Fairways

The Coast Guard is proposing a major rulemaking establishing a system of shipping safety fairways along the Atlantic Coast.

Dec. 6, 2023

2024 RADM William M. Benkert Environmental Award Solicitation

The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting applications from the maritime industry for the biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence. This program recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment.

March 10, 2023

Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) creates centralized email address

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) has created a centralized email address, CGENG@uscg.mil, which acts as a “switchboard,” and forwards any inquiries or requests to the appropriate CG-ENG member(s) or division(s).

March 7, 2023

Federal Register Notice: Notice of Publication of Vessel Traffic Services National Standards for Operating COMDTINST 16630.3B

The Coast Guard announces the publication of the Vessel Traffic Services National Standards of Operating Commandant Instruction (COMDTINST) 16630.3B. This instruction replaces the Vessel Traffic Services National Standards of Operating Procedures COMDTINST M16630.3A. This instruction provides programmatic guidance to all Coast Guard Sectors and Vessel Traffic Services.

Feb. 13, 2023

Mariners’ have a role in reducing the risk of lethal coral disease spread

In response to this ongoing environmental threat and the potential for ship-borne spread, the Coast Guard urges vessel owners and operators to familiarize themselves with existing ballast water requirements [USCG: 33 CFR Part 151 and 46 CFR Part 162.060; EPA: 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP), as codified by the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act)] and ballast water management recommendations in MSIB 07-19. We also encourage vessel owners and operators to familiarize themselves with biofouling management and cleaning regulations and recommended practices (e.g., 33 CFR Part 151.2050;  EPA 2013 VGP Sec. 2.2.23).

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