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USCG: Draft NVIC 05-17 Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Security Risks at MTSA Regulated Facilities

July 12, 2017 – Federal Register Notice

The Coast Guard announces the availability of draft Navigation and Inspection Circular (NVIC) 05–17; Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Regulated Facilities, and requests public comment on the draft. This NVIC proposes to clarify the existing requirements under MTSA to incorporate analysis of computer and cyber risks and guidance for addressing those risks. This NVIC would provide guidance on incorporating cybersecurity risks into an effective Facility Security Assessment (FSA), as well as additional recommendations for policies and procedures that may reduce cyber risk to operators of maritime facilities. Operators may use this document as a benchmark to develop and implement measures and activities for effective self- governance of cyber risks.

  • Comments must be submitted to the online docket via http://, or reach the Docket Management Facility, on or before September 11, 2017.
  • If you have questions on this notice, call or email, Jason Warren, Coast Guard; telephone 202–372–1106, email or LCDR Josephine Long, Coast Guard; telephone 202–372–1109, email

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MSIB – Acceptable U.S. Ballast Water Management Methods vs. BWM Convention Methods


The U.S. Coast published MSCI No.: 007-17 Acceptable U.S. Ballast Water Management Methods vs. BWM Convention Methods.

The purpose of this bulletin is to remind masters, owners/operators, agents and persons-in-charge of vessels that the United States is not signatory to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediment (BWM Convention) and that vessels discharging ballast water (BW) into the waters of the U.S. must comply with the requirements of 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D.

Non-recreational vessels, U.S. and foreign, that are equipped with ballast tanks are required to comply with the U.S. ballast water regulations provided in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151 Subparts C & D when operating in the waters of the United States, except as expressly provided in 33 CFR 151.2015 & 151.2020.

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SAFETY ALERT – Fuel Spray Fire

Excerpt from the USCG Marine Safety Alert Number 06-17 published 06/06/2017

This safety alert addresses yet another fuel spray fire onboard a commercial vessel. These types of incidents, involving fuel leakages contacting hot surfaces and igniting, happen too frequently and have been a focus of various marine safety organizations such as the IMO for many years. One recent marine casualty involved a 194 GRT inspected offshore supply vessel with an unmanned engine room. This engine room fire led to significant damage, operational down time of the vessel and lost company revenues. Fortunately, no one was injured during this event.

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