April 22, 2024

Announcement: CG-ENG Policy Letter 01-24: Guidance Regarding Devices that Alter Maneuvering Characteristics of Ships

The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued a new Policy Letter outlining guidance for when devices such as Engine Power Limiters (EPLs) and Shaft Power Limiters (SHaPoLis) should be engaged and disengaged in U.S. waters.

Nov. 6, 2023

Announcement: CG-ENG website updated for electronic record books

The Coast Guard has published an initial list of electronic record books that have received an acknowledgment of assessment, as per Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-23. This list will be updated periodically.

Aug. 18, 2023

NAVIGATION AND VESSEL INSPECTION CIRCULAR NO. 01-23: Guidance for the voluntary use of MARPOL electronic record books on U.S. flag vessels

The Coast Guard has published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-23, Guidance for the voluntary use of MARPOL electronic record books On U.S. Flag Vessels.

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.

Sept. 26, 2022

Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, Chapter 4 Entering in to Force November 1, 2022

​The International Maritime Organization adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships in 2018.  This initial strategy is the first milestone set out in the IMO Roadmap for developing a comprehensive strategy for the reduction of GHG emissions from ships.  Consistent with this initial strategy, IMO adopted Chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI.  Important amendments to Chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI, concerning energy efficiency of existing ships and carbon intensity of international shipping, were most recently adopted and will enter into force on November 1st, 2022.   These amendments focus on goal-based (also known as “performance-based”) technical and operational measures to reduce the operational carbon intensity of certain international shipping vessels.   The full text of MARPOL Annex VI, Chapter 4, can be found in Resolution MEPC.328(76), which can be found at https://wwwcdn.imo.org/localresources/en/OurWork/Environment/Documents/Air%20pollution/MEPC.328(76).pdf. 

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