Request for Public Comments: Coast Guard Regulatory Form

Good Day, An opportunity to effect change!  The U.S. Coast Guard has put forth a request for public comments on “Evaluation of Existing Cast Guard Regulations, Guidance Documents, Interpretative Documents, Collection of Information” by Executive Orders for regulatory form. You will have until 10 July, 2017 to provide your comments. Feel free to contact me or your local examiner for […]

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Forum on Commercial Fishing Vessel Classification Standards

This e-mail is to inform you about a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Engagement on Commercial Fishing Vessel Classification Standards-code 100955. This engagement is in response to a congressional mandate in Section 318 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 and includes the following key questions: 1) What national and regional trends, if any, emerge from the rates […]

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Coast Guard Issues New Strategy for Alternate Safety Compliance Program

Today the Coast Guard issued a new Marine Safety Information Bulletin substantially revising their plans for future development and implementation of the Alternate Safety Compliance Program for older commercial fishing vessels. Please click the following link to view the Marine Safety Information Bulletin: http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Marine-Safety-Information-Bulletin-011_16-13-July-16-ASCP-Update-.pdf SSA strongly encourages all owners/operators of commercial shrimp fishing vessels greater than 50 ft LOA built prior […]

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Hydrostatic Release Safety Bulletin

The following link is a safety recall on hydrostatic releases failing 6 months to 1 year after being put into service. http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MCA-Safety-Bulletin-No-6-Recall-Safetmade-HRU.pdfADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The manufacturer may be contacted at the following: E-mail: sales@safetbag.com Telephone: 0090 (232) 431 1000 (MON-FRI, 08:30-17:30;SAT, 08:30-11:30. Eastern Euopean Time Zone UTC + 02:00) Website:www.safetbag.com Regards, Mr. Al Waterford, USCG (ret.) Program Manager, Commercial Fishing Vessel […]

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Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps and Publications

Good Day, Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has released “Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 01-16” addressing the use of electronic sources for navigating on US Vessels not on international voyages. Please read carefully to insure you can meet the intent of the guidance.  You can also find it at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2016/NVIC_01-16_electronic_charts_and_publications.pdf.   To answer any questions, please […]

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Coast Guard Bill Passes- Important Progress Made for US Shrimp Fleet

With the passage by the House of Representatives of a Senate amendment this week, Congress has now competed its action on the 2015 Coast Guard authorization bill HR 4188. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law (enacted). Link to Bill Text: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr4188eas/pdf/BILLS-114hr4188eas.pdf This bill is the product of extensive and intensive negotiations within […]

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August 18, 2015 Updated CFVS Mandatory Exam Letter to Fishing Industry Vessel Owners and Operators

In accordance with the Congressional Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012, mandatory Dockside Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (CFVS) Exams are starting October 15, 2015 and will need to be renewed once every 5 years.  Also, survival crafts that ensure no part of an individual is immersed in water will be […]

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Making Progress on Relief for Shrimp Vessels

Today the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee adopted two of the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s legislative priorities–   1) Repeal of the current statutory requirement for any newly built commercial fishing vessel greater than 50 ft. LOA operating beyond 3 nm to be designed, constructed and maintained according to the standards of a classification society, and to be certified […]

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Development of Commercial Fishing Vessel Alternate Safety Compliance Programs

Please see the link below regarding the Alternate Safety Compliance Program by Fred Mattera who is a member of the commercial fishing vessel safety advisory committee: http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Scan0231.pdf

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