We are a Nautical Inspector for the Republics of Liberia and Marshall Islands

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.

Maritime Security and Safety Management:

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.  

The Company:

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.
  • Consulting
  • Analysis
  • Surveys
  • Advice
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.  
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