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USCG: Harmonization of Fire Protection Equipment Standards for Towing Vessels


The Coast Guard is finalizing an interim final rule that applied the changes made by the 2016 final rule, “Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment,” to inspected towing vessels. The interim final rule, published February 26, 2018 in the Federal Register, aligned fire protection and equipment regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.

Click here to download the Federal Register Notice 2018-23314 83 FR 53818


USCG: Federal Register – Drug Testing Rates


The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin announcing that it is testing a new delivery method for marine safety information. Initially, the test involves the Mid-Atlantic region (CCGD5). Free subscription information is provided.

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USCG: NVIC 01-16 CH-1 Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps and Publications

July 18, 2017

Excerpt from the Federal Register Notice posted today:

SUMMARY: The Coast Guard (USCG) is announcing, the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01–16 change 1. The NVIC provides that display of certain electronic charts and publications will meet—as an equivalency—the ‘‘marine charts,’’ ‘‘charts,’’ ‘‘maps,’’ or ‘‘publications’’ carriage requirements and provides for an equivalency for position fixing and plotting. USCG intends, by this policy, to provide a path for U.S. flagged vessels to replace paper charts and most hard copy publications if so desired.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please address questions or feedback concerning this policy to LCDR Matthew Walter, telephone 202–372–1565 or email

Click here to download NCV 01-16 Change 1 – July 10, 2017

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