First posted on Maritime Commons on 02/28/2019
The Coast Guard announced that effective Feb. 25, 2020, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-19, “Certificate of Documentation Guidance,” is cancelled.
In 2019, the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) was experiencing delays in the time necessary to issue a Certificate of Documentation (COD) that resulted, in part, due to the government shutdown. The purpose of MSIB 03-19 was to provide guidance to assist vessel owners affected by those delays. The Coast Guard is cancelling MSIB 03-19 because the NVDC is current with processing of COD renewal requests for both commercial and recreational vessels.
Excerpt from Coast Guard Maritime Commons – originally posted 02/21/2020
The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance announced the publication of CG-CVC Policy Letter 20-01, “Subchapter M Enforcement Posture for Certificate of Inspection (COI) Phase-In Requirements,” dated February 20, 2020.
This policy letter provides guidance regarding the enforcement posture for towing vessels’ COI phase-in requirements within 46 CFR §136.202. As of July 20, 2018, towing vessels subject to inspection under 46 CFR Subchapter M must be in compliance with the requirements of the subchapter, even if the vessel has not yet received a Coast Guard-issued COI. With each subsequent scheduled phase-in date, regardless of inspection option chosen, companies with vessels selected in accordance with this policy that have not been issued a COI in accordance with the regulations, will be issued a Coast Guard Form CG-835V, for non-compliance.
Read the policy letter for full details.
Excerpt from MSA 01-20 Potential for Positive Drug Test Result from Use of Hemp-Plant Products, published 02/10/2020
This Marine Safety Advisory is to ensure that mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations are aware that some products marketed as hemp or cannabidiol (CBD) may contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cause a positive drug test. In accordance with 46 CFR 16.201(c), an individual who fails a chemical test for dangerous drugs must be removed from duties directly affecting the safe operation of the vessel, and is subject to suspension and revocation proceedings against his or her credential under 46 CFR part 5. Use of hemp or CBD products is not accepted as an affirmative defense (acceptable excuse) against a THC-positive drug test
result. For these reasons, mariners wishing to avoid a positive THC drug test result should exercise extreme caution when considering the use of any hemp or CBD product because such use could result in the loss of their merchant mariner credential and immediate removal from safety sensitive duties aboard a vessel. This warning applies to hemp and CBD products in any form, including those that are taken by mouth and those that are applied to the skin.
It remains unacceptable for any U.S Coast Guard credentialed mariner or other safety-sensitive worker working aboard a vessel that is subject to U.S Coast Guard drug testing regulations to use THC. Claimed use of hemp products or CBD products is not an acceptable defense for a THC- positive drug test result.
Click here to access the full Marine Safety Advisory 01-20.