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PMC Advisories

PMC offers periodic Advisories on items that affect the maritime community.

These include information on new or revised laws, regulations, and policy
updates from the US Coast Guard and US State governments, and include
information of interest affecting the industry from other countries or regions,
including China, Australia, the EU, and the Gulf of Aden. These are sent out in a
timely manner to keep our clients on top of the latest information, rather than
waiting several months and publishing a newsletter filled with old news.
These are samples from recent Advisories:


Subject: Are Your Fire Fighting Ensembles Ready For Action?

To:All Clients

Recently the U.S. Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Alert 01-19 concerning missing or unserviceable Fire Fighting Ensembles (FFEs) found by Coast Guard Sector San Francisco members during vessel exams.

A vessel’s fire-fighting team is the first line of defense. An FFE that is missing equipment, or has become unserviceable because it’s torn and/or worn, can jeopardize the safety of the vessel and could lead to port-state control actions up to and including detention.

The U.S. Coast Guard and PMC strongly recommend that vessel owners and operators ensure that each of their vessel’s crews are conducting the following on a regular basis:

  • The vessel’s fireman’s outfits are inspected for functionality and fit.
  • Equipment is repaired or replaced when found worn or expired.
  • Fireman’s outfits are regularly donned and realistic drills are conducted utilizing the required safety equipment. This ensures the crew is familiar and ready to use this equipment in an emergency.
  • If, despite the vessel’s maintenance plan, there are still deficiencies in the equipment, ensure all deficiencies are documented in accordance with the Company’s SMS well before the ship enters port.


Subject: Replacement of U.S. EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) Program

To: All Clients

This week the President of the United States signed into law the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA).  This law is included in the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2018.

VIDA modifies the Clean Water Act (CWA) by adding Section 312(p): Uniform National Standards for Discharges Incidental to Normal Operation of Vessels.

Vessel General Permit (VGP)

The VGP will not be reissued, as was the case when the 2008 VGP expired.  The existing 2013 VGP requirements as currently written will remain in force until new regulations are developed by the EPA and USCG, finalized, and become enforceable.  The EPA will first develop and publish a National Standards of Performance (NSPs), and afterwards the USCG will develop the NSPs into implementing regulations.  VIDA mandates a four year deadline for this development.


Subject: LED Lighting Interference with VHF-FM Radios and AIS

To: All Clients

The Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Alert (MSA) 13-18. This MSA states there are numerous reports, from a variety of sources in the maritime industry, of shipboard Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting, (such as navigation lights, searchlights, floodlights, interior and exterior lights, and ornamental lights) interfering with VHF frequencies used by radiotelephones, Digital Selective Calling (DSC) radios, and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) equipment.

It has been determined that the LED equipment may create radio frequency interference, which causes the potential safety hazards.

To test for the presence of LED interference, use the following procedures:

1. Turn off the LED light(s).

2. Tune the VHF radio to a quiet channel (without traffic).

3. Adjust the VHF radio’s squelch control until you hear the radio putting out audio noise.

4. Re-adjust the VHF radio’s squelch control until the audio noise stops, close above the noise threshold.

5. Turn on the LED light(s).

  • If this results in the radio putting out audio noise, then the LED lights have raised the noise floor. (Noise floor is generally the amount of interfering signals / static received above the specific signal or channel being monitored.)

6. If the radio does not output audio noise, then the LED lights have not raised the noise floor.

PMC Assists California Maritime Acadamy With ISM Code Compliance Achievement

PMC Assists California Maritime Acadamy With ISM Code Compliance Achievement



Congratulations to California Maritime Academy and their Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR in becoming the first U.S. Maritime Academy to achieve ISM Code certification.

Patriot Maritime Compliance (PMC) was selected by California Maritime Academy to assist them in this endeavor.  PMC efforts included a review of their written Safety Management System (SMS), working with them to provide improvements to their SMS, and conducting internal ISM audits to ensure compliance before their external ISM audits were conducted.

PMC can provide these and other services to your company, school, or fleet as well.  Contact and ask us how we can help you with your operational regulatory needs!