Both flags require their vessels to undergo an annual inspection conducted by a flag-state Nautical Inspector. The inspection covers the vessel's hull, machinery, equipment, fire fighting and life saving equipment in general, manning and emergency drills. Please use the flag-state links above to schedule an annual inspection.
We have performed ship security assessments and written and obtained approval of ship security plans on a variety of vessels. We are an International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) and International Safety Management Code (ISM) auditor for the Republic of Liberia, empowered to issue or endorse the International Ship Security (ISSC) and International Safety Management certificates upon the vessel's completion of a satisfactory audit. Please use the Vessel Security link to the left to get more information about our security consulting services.
Mike Armstrong established Armstrong Marine Consulting by drawing upon his career in the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Program to create a marine consulting company. The original purpose was to offer services especially helpful to those that were having trouble understanding and applying US Coast Guard regulations, policies or procedures for vessel operations, repairs, maintenance, construction or security and safety management. But, we have branched out into other consulting and surveying services. We have, among other things, done the following:
EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) surveys & training, oil transfer procedures, SOPEPs and Non-tank Vessel Response Plans for a variety of vessels.
Safety Training Manual, emergency duties, and training program for a foreign flag passenger ship carrying passengers from a US port. Also provided emergency and safety training to the crew, including non-marine crew members.
Investigated groundings, major fires and crew member deaths on Liberian flag ships for Republic of Liberia, including drafting facts, conclusions and recommendations, and working with US government investigators.
Pre-Coast Guard inspection surveys and acting on behalf of client during Coast Guard inspections.
Fire and boat drill training to foreign flag vessels, including those that failed Coast Guard drills. We emphasize the drill training factors the Coast Guard considers important.
Expert witness testimony and support in background, interpretation and application of U.S. Coast Guard regulations, policies and procedures.
Assisted numerous owners and operators obtain initial US Coast Guard small passenger vessel certificates of inspection (COI) including a 200 ft, 600-passenger vessel.
Armstrong Marine Consulting Vessel surveys and inspections US Coast Guard regulations ISM & ISPS Audits
The Coast Guard released version one of an electronic Merchant Mariner Credential Verification Tool (MMCV), which is hosted on the Coast Guard's website, Homeport. This tool is intended primarily for mariners, employers and port states to verify the validity of a Merchant Mariner Credential. Data released by this tool is limited to what is contained on the actual credential and has been determined to be publicly releasable.
The US Coast Guard has issued Safety Alert to inform the maritime industry that energy saving Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or lighting, sometimes known as radio frequency (RF) lighting devices may interfere with certain communications equipment.CFLs employ a RF lighting device to excite a gas inside a bulb in order to produce light, which can interfere with communications equipment.
Crew members should take note of the Coast Guard rules Title 33 CFR 160 that require each crewmember on a US or foreign commercial vessel en route from a foreign port or place to a US port or place of destination or at a US port or place, to carry and present upon demand an acceptable identification when in US navigable waters. An operator subject to this new rule must ensure that every crew member on the vessel has an acceptable identification in his or her possession when the vessel is in the navigable waters of the United States. For purposes of this section, a crew member may secure his or her acceptable identification with the vessel’s master, so long as the identification can be presented on demand.Acceptable identification means a:
(1) Passport; (2) U.S. Permanent Resident Card; (3) U.S. merchant mariner document; (4) U.S. merchant mariner credential; (5) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration under 49 CFR part 1572; or (6) Seafarer’s Identification Document (SID) issued by or under the authority of the government of a country that has ratified the International Labour Organization Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (ILO 185), meeting all the requirements of ILO 185.