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September 26th, 2018 at 10:45 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 26 September 2018


USCG – GIUE program requirements for FY 2019;

USCG – weather sensor agreement renewed;

DOJ – crewmember charged with murder;

House – hearing on USCG modernization;

UK – safety of navigation regulations; and

USCGC/USS Tampa sinking – 26 September 1918.

September 26, 2018

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USCG – GIUE program requirements for FY 2019


The US Coast Guard issued a message establishing the Government Initiated Unannounced Exercise (GIUE) program requirements for Sector and MSU Captains of the Port (COTPs) for FY 2019. ACN 104/18 (9/24/18) [].

USCG – weather sensor agreement renewed


The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that the agreement with Weatherflow, Inc. for placement of weather sensors on some of the service’s beacons has been renewed. (9/25/18) [].

DOJ – crewmember charged with murder

clip_image006 The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a Mexican national crewmember has been charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder on a US fishing vessel off the coast of Massachusetts. (9/24/18) [].

House – hearing on USCG modernization

clip_image008 On 26 September, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing regarding Cost Guard modernization and recapitalization. (9/25/18) [].

UK – safety of navigation regulations

clip_image010 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) seeks comments on its proposed regulations regarding safety of navigation. The purpose of the proposed Regulations is to bring up to date the UK’s transposition of Chapter V (Safety of Navigation) of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS) in domestic law. At the same time, it is proposed that they will introduce Ambulatory Reference with the Regulations to incorporate any future amendments to the technical standards in the Chapter into UK law by reference on an ongoing basis, instead of transposing it provision by provision. Comments must be received by 19 November. (9/21/18) [].

USCGC/USS Tampa sinking – 26 September 1918

clip_image012 On 26 September 1918, USS Tampa was completing its 19th convoy escort mission, having shepherded convoy HG-107 from Gibraltar into the Irish Sea. Enroute independently to Milford Haven, it was hit by a torpedo from German submarine UB-91. It exploded and sank almost immediately, with a loss of all hands – 111 Coast Guardsmen, four USN personnel, and 16 passengers. The former USCG cutter had been transferred to US Navy control the year previous, but the Coast Guard crew was retained. Its sinking marked the single greatest loss of life by the Coast Guard during the war.

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