United States Flag state inspection results 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This report collates data from the Coast Guard’s Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) database regarding vessel population, inspections conducted, and deficiencies issued for the 2018 calendar year. In 2018, the U.S. Flag fleet contained 19,679 vessels subject to inspection. Coast Guard Marine Inspectors (MI) conducted 20,048 inspections. As this is the second…

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USA Arctic Strategic Outlook

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The United States is an Arctic Nation, and the United States Coast Guard has served as the lead federal agency for homeland security, safety, and environmental stewardship in the Arctic region for over 150 years. Since Revenue Cutters first sailed to Alaska in 1867 to establish U.S. sovereignty, the Service’s role has expanded, including…

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Forget about VGP – Welcome the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) VIDA restructures the way EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulate incidental discharges, primarily from commercial vessels, into waters of the United States and the contiguous zone. Specifically, VIDA amends Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 312 to include a new subsection (p) titled “Uniform National Standards for Discharges Incidental to Normal Operation of…

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USCG – BWMS compliance date extensions (Update 11 Mar 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has reconsidered its previous interpretation of ‘next scheduled drydocking’ with respect to ballast water management system (BWMS) compliance dates. Due to drydock slippage, the Coast Guard has determined that existing extensions with a compliance date stipulated as the ‘first scheduled drydock after (date)’ will…

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Flashback in maritime history – Explosion, sinking and fatalities on chemical tanker Bow Mariner 28 Feb 2004

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 28 February 2004, the chemical tanker Bow Mariner caught fire and exploded while the crew was engaged in cleaning residual methyl tert Butyl ether (MTBE) from cargo tank number eight starboard. The “Bow Mariner” was a 570-foot, Singapore-flagged chemical tanker built in 1982, and was managed by a Greek company, Ceres Hellenic Shipping…

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USA Ballast Water Management Reform

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) By Dennis L. Bryant. The article discusses the recently enacted Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). The Act greatly reforms the process for regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States. It not only brings the US Ballast Water Management (BWM) regulatory scheme into closer alignment with the international standard, but…

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Flag State Control in the USA – 2017 Report

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This Report collates data from the Coast Guard’s Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) database regarding vessel population, inspections conducted, and deficiencies issued for the 2017 calendar year. In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of responsibility contained 12,189 vessels with active COIs. There were 905 Marine Inspectors (MIs) assigned to field units who conducted 18,424 inspections. As this is…

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