Change-1 to Navigation and Inspection Circular 01-13, Inspection and Certification of Vessels Under the Maritime Security Program
The Coast Guard announces the availability of Change-1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-13, Inspection and Certification of Vessels Under the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The MSP serves as a means for establishing a fleet of commercially viable and militarily useful vessels to meet national defense as well as other security requirements. NVIC 01-13 provides guidance to assist vessel owners/ operators, Authorized Classification Societies, and Coast Guard personnel with the inspection and certification of vessels under the MSP. This Change clarifies the process for the issuance of the Certificate of Documentation (COD) to the vessel during the reflag process, adds a note to the equivalency provisions for inspection of MSP vessels subsequent to initial certification, clarifies the trial period requirements for automated systems in machinery spaces, includes interim provisions for those vessels seeking to operate with minimally attended or periodically unattended machinery spaces, and makes other technical changes to NVIC 01-13.
Safety Zones; Annual Events in the Captain of the Port Detroit Zone
The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zones for annual marine events in the Captain of the Port Detroit zone from 8 p.m. on May 24, 2015 through 10 a.m. on September 13, 2015. This action is necessary and intended to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters immediately prior to, during, and immediately after fireworks events. During the aforementioned period, the Coast Guard will enforce restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in a specified area immediately prior to, during, and immediately after fireworks events. During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter any safety zone without permission of the Captain of the Port.