Vessel General Permit (VGP) update July 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) By Dennis L. Bryant. The Vessel General Permit (VGP) falls under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), better known as the Clean Water Act. It is administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency not well known or understood by the maritime industry. For…

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USCG updates Ballast Water Management FAQs (24 April 2018)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard has announced the publication of a revised Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which combines and updates a collection of previous FAQs. These address questions on a variety of current topics, including compliance with Coast Guard regulations, the type approval process for Ballast Water Management Systems, and working with Independent Laboratories.…

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USCG – new marine casualty reporting forms

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard posted a bulletin advising that, following the recent rulemaking raising the property damage thresholds for reporting marine casualties, new forms have been developed to reflect those changes, specifically CG-2692 and CG-2692B. Starting on April 18, 2018, the US Coast Guard’s modified rules on marine casualty reporting will take effect. Entities…

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USCG releases their 2017 Port State Control annual report

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The USCG Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance announced the release of the U.S. Port State Control Annual Report for 2017. This report marks another year of PSC activities and provides the global maritime industry key statistics and compliance trends in relation to compliance with U.S. and international regulations, such as the Safety of Life at Sea…

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Reminder: in 30 days USCG will only accept Notice of Arrival and Departure (e-NOA/D) Workbook ver. 7.5

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Shipmanagers need to take notice of this. The US Coast Guard National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a reminder stating that NOAD Schema 3.4 is being retired in 30 days (approx. 10 April 2018). Any submitted NOAD form utilizing Schema 3.4 after the retirement date will be rejected. More details: The current NOAD Schema 3.5 has been…

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USCG – BWMS compliance date extensions (1 March 2018 )

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued a bulletin providing a closer look at NVIC 01-18 and BWMS compliance date extensions. They have recently published a 35 pages Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-18, “Ballast Water Management For Control Of Non-Indigenous Species In Waters Of The United States.” The purpose of this article is to…

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