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  • Monday, April 06, 2020 11:14 AM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    Marine Safety Information Bulletin

    U. S. Coast Guard MSIB Number: 14-20

    Sector Charleston Date: April 3, 2020

    Waterways Management Division

    196 Tradd Street

    Charleston, SC 29401


    Port Access Route Study (PARS)

    Sector Charleston, SC

    ACTION: Notice of study; request for comments. SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is conducting a Port Access Route Study (PARS) to determine whether existing or additional vessel routing measures are necessary along the seacoast of North Carolina and in the approaches to the Cape Fear River and Beaufort Inlet (hereinafter, “NCPARS”). The study is focused on routes between port approaches and international entry and departure transit areas affecting North Carolina ports. The NCPARS will consider whether existing or additional routing measures are necessary to improve navigation safety due to factors such as planned or potential offshore development, current port capabilities and planned improvements, increased vessel traffic, existing and potential anchorage areas, changing vessel traffic patterns, weather conditions, or navigational difficulty. The aim of vessel routing measures are to reduce the risk of casualties. Examples of potential measures include traffic separation schemes, two-way routes, recommended tracks, deep-water routes, precautionary areas, and areas to be avoided. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemakings or appropriate international agreements. DATES: Comments and related material must be received on or before May 18, 2020. Requests for a public meeting must be submitted on or before April 17, 2020. For additional information and/or to coordinate a public meeting regarding the NCPARS, please visit the below website.

    This MSIB can be viewed at

  • Monday, April 06, 2020 11:10 AM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    Former SC scrap tire dump, now cleaned up, gets new owner

       The Post and Courier      USA   •   Apr 5      03:00 pm

    Former SC scrap tire dump, now cleaned up, gets new owner

    going to take some time." Business After busy February, Charleston port expects a springtime slowdown By David Wren...

    Ships Are Moving, but Exhausted Sailors Are Stuck at Sea Under Coronavirus Restrictions

       The Wall Street Journal      USA   •   Apr 5      07:11 am

    Ships Are Moving, but Exhausted Sailors Are Stuck at Sea Under Coronavirus Restrictions

    Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line, at South Carolina’s Port of Charleston in February....

    Georgia Ports Authority announces Saturday gate closures      USA   •   Apr 2      11:35 am

    Georgia Ports Authority announces Saturday gate closures

    cargo continues to slow due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Ports Authority announced this week. Truck gates don’t operate...

    Journal of Commerce –  April 3, 2020

    Hapag-Lloyd to pass on NY-NJ container charge to customers

    Hugh Morley

    Journal of Commerce – April 3, 2020

    US importers urged to ‘proactively’ challenge demurrage charges

    William Cassidy

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 2:08 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    NWS Colleagues and Partners,

    The National Weather Service, in an effort to help simplify and reduce the number of our products, is going to propose (in the very near future) eliminating the term "Advisory" from our Watch, Warning, Advisory products.  The public information statement below explains this in more detail.  As part of this change we are also proposing that "Small Craft Advisory" be changed to a "Small Craft Warning".  The criteria for the Small Craft Warning will be the same as the old Small Craft Advisory, so this will literally just be a name change.  There is precedent for this.  Back in the 1970's this product used to be called a Small Craft Warning.  The public information statement below contains a link to a survey in which we are seeking feedback to this renaming proposal.  There will be a larger survey at a later date on the removal of "Advisory" across the board, but this survey is just for Small Craft Advisory.  Please send the survey out far and wide so we get a lot of feedback.  Publishers, feel free to write an article.  The survey will be live through May 24, 2020.  Let me know if you have any questions.

    Public Information Statement

    Survey on the proposal to rename Small Craft Advisory to Small Craft Warning (very short survey - 4 questions)  




    Darren Wright
    National Marine Program Leader
    NOAA/National Weather Service - W/AFS26
    1325 East West Highway
    Station 13134
    Silver Spring, MD. 20910
    Cell: 240-338-1347
    Tel: 301-427-9283      


  • Monday, March 30, 2020 1:54 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    Marine Safety Information Bulletin

    Commandant MSIB Number: 10-20

    U.S. Coast Guard Date: March 27, 2020

    Inspections and Compliance Directorate

    2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, STOP 7501

    Washington, DC 20593-7501 E-Mail:

    COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements

    To help protect our essential maritime workforce, while also ensuring drug testing continues to serve as a deterrent, the Coast Guard is providing the following guidance, which, along with any subsequent updates, will remain in effect during the COVID-19 national emergency.

    Recommended actions for marine employers with mariners in safety sensitive positions who are subject to drug testing under 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 16:

     Random Testing: Operators shall continue to conduct random urinalysis tests reasonably spread throughout the current year as per 46 CFR 16.230. However, the Coast Guard understands that introducing third party collectors onto a vessel or sending mariners to a collection site, increases human contact during the pandemic. In order to minimize human contact and safeguard the uninterrupted flow of vital commerce, maritime operators are encouraged to adjust random selection dates and use their own office employees or mariners to administer the drug tests during the pandemic emergency. Many companies already have “in-house” qualified collectors who are also authorized to train and certify other collectors. Virtual training options are also available on-line to certify urine collectors. However, the Coast Guard realizes that the challenges related to the pandemic, including the time to get employees trained, could make it difficult to reach the required 50% random test rate for all covered employees in 2020. Thus, the Office of Investigations and Analysis (CG-INV) will give due consideration to those challenges when deciding whether or not to initiate an enforcement action against marine employers who fall short of the 50% requirement. If a marine employer does fall short of the 50% requirement they should provide an explanation along with their 2020 Management Information System (MIS) reports describing the testing complications and/or delays encountered during the pandemic, and describe the steps taken to maintain their random testing programs as described above.

     Pre-Employment Testing: Employers must continue to require pre-employment drug tests for newly hired crewmembers as per 46 CFR 16.210. However, 46 CFR 16.210 provides employers the ability to waive pre-employment testing for prospective employees who have been covered by another drug testing program for at least 60 days within the last 185 days. In consideration of the pandemic and the potential need for employers to backfill crewmember positions rapidly, the Coast Guard, pursuant to 46 CFR 16.107 will consider employer requests to waive pre-employment drug tests for employees that have been covered by a random drug test program for at least 60 days within the last year of the intended hiring date. Employers may email waiver requests to CG-INV at

     Post-Casualty Testing for Serious Marine Incidents: All employers shall continue to ensure that all persons directly involved in a serious marine incident are tested for dangerous drugs and alcohol in accordance with the requirements of 46 CFR 4.06.

     Reasonable Cause Testing: All employers shall continue to require drug testing of crewmembers who are reasonably suspected of using dangerous drugs in accordance with the requirements of 46 CFR 16.250.

    Marine employers with specific questions or concerns regarding drug or alcohol testing over the course of the pandemic may send inquiries to the CG-INV Drug and Alcohol Program Coordinator at

    Richard V. Timme, RDML, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy sends.

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:04 PM | Anonymous


    Please note guidance (attached documents) from Rear Admiral Timme, USCG, should ship agents have issues performing their job in light of the shelter-at-home orders from many states. Maritime Transportation System Recovery Units around the country and at USCG headquarters have been implemented. These units are tracking any disruption to the MTS including non-availablilty of port workers, agents, etc. 

    Agent deemed Essential Worker.pdf

    Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Latest.pdf

    Industry Letter to VP Pence 20 March 2020.pdf

    NAMO ltr re Critical Infrastructure Workers.pdf

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