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USCG: Subchapter M now effective

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US Coast Guard informed that July 20th 2017 signifies the entry into force of a portion of Subchapter M, as towing vessels, with keels laid or major conversions on or after July 20, are required to meet 46 CFR Subchapter M and obtain a Certificate of Inspection prior to operating.

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USCG updates electronic chart policy

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US Coast Guard announced an update to its navigation guidance for the use of electronic charts in lieu of paper charts and publications. The updated version of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular identifies voluntary acceptable equivalencies to paper charts and publications and position fixing and plotting requirements.

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USCG urges for vigilance due to recent GPS disruptions

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The US Coast Guard Navigation Center informed that 20 ships were reported suffering a GPS disruption, in the Black Sea, since 22 June 2017. In view of this, it urges operators to exercise caution and reminds them how to report a disruption and the actions they should take to mitigate the effects of a disruption.

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USCG guides operators on addressing cyber threats

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The US Coast Guard has made available a draft Navigation and Inspection Circular, asking ship operators to assess their vulnerabilities to cyber attacks. As highlighted in the USCG Cyber Strategy, cyber security is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges in the US.

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New IMO life safety performance criteria guidelines

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The US Coast Guard informed that the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, held in June, approved the Guidelines for the Selection of Life Safety Performance Criteria, for use in Alternative Design and Arrangements for Fire Safety. Correspondingly, the USCG Marine Safety Center will now refer to these life safety criteria, when assessing vessels.

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USCG cutter and tow barge collide due to insufficient lookout

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NTSB issued an investigation report, regarding a collision between the US Coast Guard cutter Thetis and the dump scow barge 123,being pushed by Matachin, in Panama Canal, on 2 June 2016. Although Matachin and its tow were not damaged, the Thetis sustained an estimated $1.2 million in damage to the hull and deck plate aft, as well as to various systems in the steering gear room.

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USCG: Cargo disruption a reminder that cyber risks are real

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On the occasion of the intentional attack which affected port facilities, the US Coast Guard stresses that the outcomes are a reminder of the importance of cyber risk management in the Marine Transportation System globally. USCG is monitoring the consequences of recent ransom attacks that have impacted cargo movement through several US ports.

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USCG reveals top deficiency areas on board cruise ships

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In calendar year 2016, the USCG reported to the IMO 103 vessel detentions of all vessel types and conducted 294 cruise ship examinations out of which 1.0% received a detention. The top five deficiency areas identified on cruise ships are: Fire screen doors not operating properly; Impeding means of escape; Low location lighting; Fire suppression systems and; Piping insulation.

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