USCG – Guidance regarding inoperable BWMS (Ballast Water Management System)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued a policy letter providing guidelines for evaluating potential courses of action when a vessel bound for a US port has an inoperable ballast water management system. As a reminder, the United States is not a party to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water…

USCG updates the Notice of Arrival and Departure (e-NOA/D) available means of reporting (2018)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Shipmanagers need to take notice of this. The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice announcing that various changes will be made in 90 days that affect the Notice of Arrival/Departure (NOAD). At the end of this notice period NOAD Schema 3.4 will be retired. The current NOAD Schema 3.5 has been in effect…

USCG – Cybersecurity Framework profiles for Offshore Operations and Passenger Vessels

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The United States Office of Port and Facility Compliance recently announced the release of new cybersecurity framework profiles for the Offshore Operations and Passenger Vessel industries, providing a pathway for these industries to implement the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework was developed in 2014 to address and manage…

USCG updates Ballast Water Management FAQs

The US Coast Guard has announced that updated Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program guidance is available on its public Homeport internet portal. Two slideshow presentations are available to provide interested readers a “BWM 101” overview of the program and a “BWM Update” on recent developments and activities. These presentations include speaker notes for each slide…