USCG Guidance for compliance with drug testing requirements amid COVID-19

USCG has issued new guidance to address all challenges facing employers to conduct mandatory drug testing during the COVID-19 pandemic response. In this context, USCG has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 10-20 to reiterate the importance of drug and alcohol testing and provide suggestions to overcome the challenges of compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

USCG issues PSC Guidance on COVID-19

The USCG issued guidance regarding the difficulties the international shipping and transportation industry is facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. While acknowledging the need for protecting the health and safety of shoreside and seafarers, USCG also note that it is essential to keep supply chains open, further noting the difficulties shipowners are facing to arrange vessel surveys and issue related certificates.

USCG: Face-to-face interaction during port operations, when possible

The US Coast Guard issued an updated marine safety bulletin concerning the COVID-19, focusing on the efficient implementation of port and facility operations.The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted to several challenges, such as cruise cruise ships mooring at facilities not approved for passenger operations, garbage removal, and facility and vessel crew interactions.

USCG: Vessel reporting requirements for illness or death

The United States Coats Guard published an advisory highlighting that shipowners and operators should report the illness or death of persons on board, otherwise they will face delays and disruption of operations, such as returning to the previous port after sailing.

USCG issues updated advisory amid COVID-19

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and its rapid transmission, the United States Coast Guard issued an update to its Marine Safety Information Bulletin published on March 13, including restrictions implemented to more countries.

USCG publishes Regulated Facility Compliance Program manual

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) published the “Coast Guard Regulated Facility Compliance Program Manual” to consolidate overarching guidance, policy, and doctrine for Coast Guard personnel responsible for the administration and performance of the regulated facility compliance program. 

USCG issues advisory concerning COVID-19

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the USCG issued an updated advisory to prevent the spread of the disease. Specifically, Coast Guard informed that in case of illness onboard a vessel with symptoms related with coronavirus, it must be immediately reported to the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP).