Update and reminders from the USCG - Guidance for the enforcement of MARPOL Annex 1 - Guidelines for the enforcement of ISM

Further to the presentation given by Cdr Paul D. Thorn, Commandant (G-PCV-2) Chief Foreign Vessel & Offshore Activities, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security) at the recent Houston Vetting/Chemical Seminar in Houston last week we have being given permission by Cdr Thorn to bring to our members' attention the following two documents: 

Guidance for the enforcement of MARPOL Annex 1

This policy letter 16711 G-PCV dated 20th January 2006 relates to guidance for the enforcement of MARPOL Annex I during port state control examinations. The purpose of this NVIC is to provide procedures for enforcing MARPOL Annex I but in particular the intention is for these inspections and testing procedures to result in a coast guard-wide consistent application of the MARPOL Convention and MARPOL enforcement. Click here to access this NVIC. 

Guidelines for the enforcement of ISM

This NVIC 04-05 dated 1st August 2005 relates to port state control guidelines for the enforcement of management for the safe operation of ships (ISM Code). The purpose of this NVIC is to provide guidance for U.S. Coast Guard sector commanders, captains of the port officers in charge, marine inspection and port state control officers, and for vessel owners operators flag states and Recognised Organisations concerning enforcement and compliance with the requirements of chapter IX of the international convention for the safety of life at sea 1974 under the U.S. Coast Guard’s port state control programme. Click here for the full NVIC.  

Members are advised that we previously circulated this NVIC in Weekly NEWS No. 33/2005 of 19 August 2005. Click here to view. 

Members are advised to be familiar with both these documents when trading to the USA. 

Contact: Howard Snaith or Margaret Doyle