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Committee NameNavigation Safety Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number695
Original Establishment Date10/1/1981Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*21
Current Charter Date7/7/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Office of Navigation Systems
Date Of Renewal Charter7/7/2019Designated Federal Officer PrefixCaptain
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mary Ellen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Durley
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*33 U.S.C. 2073Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 372-1605
Effective Date Of Authority*10/1/1981Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-372-1991
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to maritime collisions, rammings, and groundings, Inland and International Rules of the Road, navigation regulations and equipment, routing measures, marine information, diving safety, and aids to navigation systems.
How is membership balanced?*NAVSAC is composed of not more than 21 members who are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of DHS. Each member shall have particular expertise, knowledge and experience in the Inland and International Rules of the Road, Aids to Navigation, Navigational Safety Equipment, Vessel Traffic Service, Traffic Separation Schemes and Vessel Routing. To assure balanced representation, members shall be appointed to represent the viewpoints and interests of one of the following groups or organizations, and at least one member shall be appointed to represent each membership category: (a)Commercial vessel owners or operators; (b)Professional mariners; (c)Recreational boaters; (d)the recreational boating industry; (e)State agencies responsible for vessel or port safety; and (f) The Maritime Law Association. Additional persons may be appointed to panels of the Council to assist the Council in the performance of its functions.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*NAVSAC normally meets twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. NAVSAC's recommendations on important issues often form the basis for regulatory changes. The US Coast Guard's review of safety issues requires continued access to NAVSAC's expertise and advice. NAVSAC has proven to be an effective forum for developing consensus on contentious issues.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*NAVSAC's broad representation provides the US Coast Guard a forum that is otherwise unavailable to evaluate the impact of proposed US Coast Guard actions, to identify navigation safety issues needing US Coast Guard attention, and to generate informed solutions to navigation safety issues. Because of the expertise of Council members and its reputation in the maritime community, NAVSAC has become a forum where members of the public bring contentious issues for advice.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281) renewed the Council's statutory authority through September 30, 2020.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Council advises the US Coast Guard of safety of navigation issues that may be used to formulate regulatory proposals. It also serves as to inform their constituent interest groups of agency actions and recommendations.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*276Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Council was divided into three working groups to address task statements.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Council provided 3 resolutions containing recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented* Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe US Coast Guard provides feedback on the status to all NAVSAC recommendations at subsequent meetings.Narrative Description*The Council provides advice and recommendations on the prevention of groundings, rammings and collisions. One of the USCG missions is marine safety and environmental protection.

The Council was divided into three working groups to address task statements # 16-01 Navigation Safety Consequences of Ships using Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (ULSFO); # 16-02 Near-miss Reporting Criteria and process for reporting, cataloging, and reviewing; and # 17-01 Input to Support Regulatory Reform of Coast Guard Regulations. For # 16-01 the Council noted that on 1 January 2015 the sulfur content for fuel oil within the North American Emission Control Area (NAECA) dropped from 1.0% to 0.10%, and subsequent reports were that ships experienced the Loss of Propulsion (LOP) or Reduction in Propulsion (RIP) due to the ULSFO. The Council discussed official reports which included not only the report of LOP, but also the ship’s performance characteristics that are different from using ULSFO than while using Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO), which may cause RIP, which then affects the marine pilot’s expectations of maneuverability in restricted waters. The Council also noted that it has been reported by marine pilots that the frequency of ships LOP, RIP and engine speed issues are declining significantly. The Council provided Resolution 16-04 (Navigation Safety Consequences of Ships using Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (ULSFO)) which recommended that the USCG continue to research ship casualties reported as Loss of Propulsion on Report of Marine Accident, Injury or Death (CG 2692) as well as Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) to confirm the downward trend in reported LOP and RIP by ships which was caused by ULSFO; and revise and re-issue on an annual basis a Marine Safety Alert/Advisory for operations in the NAECA by ship’s using ULSFO and the importance of conducting a proper Master/Pilot Exchange, specifically to advise the boarding pilot of known engine limitations while utilizing ULSFO.
The USCG sought from NAVSAC input to help identify parameters and develop data structures to collect data on near-misses and examine those incidents to support safety management regimes through Task # 16-02. After firming up a definition and identifying examples of near misses, as well as recognizing that risk exists within the maritime industry of navigation near misses and that navigation near-miss reporting will capture events that may lead to the implementation of an emergency procedure, plan or response and thus prevent a loss i.e. a collision, allision or grounding, the Council provided Resolution 16-05 (Near-miss Reporting Criteria and process for reporting, cataloging, and reviewing) which recommended that reporting should center on commercial/professional operations; reporting should be able to be done in a voluntary, confidential, anonymous and non-punitive manner; multiple avenues are available for submission of near-miss reports to USCG or a designated third-party; near miss reports, trends and safety alerts should be distributed via USCG Maritime Commons Blog, subscriber to email newsletter and an online database; and models of successful near-miss reporting schemes were identified such as are Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS); Nautical Institute MARS (Mariners’ Accident Reporting Scheme) and CHIRP (Aviation and Maritime Confidential Incident Reporting.
Task statement # 17-01, entitled “Input to Support Regulatory Reform of Coast Guard Regulations – Executive Orders (E.O.) 13771 and 13783” recognized that the Coast Guard is required to review all existing regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies, and any other similar agency actions that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources. The Coast Guard asked the Council to assist in the review of its regulations and identify any regulations that could/should be repealed in part or whole or revised. The Council opined in Resolution 17-01 that there are no regulations within its purview the elimination of which would be beneficial to the goals of E.O. 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, nor does the Council believe there are regulations within its purview that are so unnecessary, superfluous, or out of date such that they could be eliminated to make way for new regulations per E.O. 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. The Council recommended that the Coast Guard review its regulations which contain items of specifically local interest and of limited duration and occurrence, and suggests that the Administrative Procedures Act or the various enabling/authorizing statutes may not actually require that those regulations to have been in regulation form at all. Other means of establishing these rules may exist such as COTP orders, Coast Guard Advisory Notices, Marine Safety Information Bulletins, and Local Notice to Mariners. Subchapter G on Regattas and Marine Parades consists mainly of regulations of this type.
The Council also expressed that concerning the Inland Navigation Rules there are no sections that could be eliminated or modified such as to further the goals of the E.O.’s. However, there are sections of the Inland Rues that could be improved and brought into better alignment with current industry and navigational practices. The Council recommended a comprehensive review of the Inland Navigation Rules should be the subject of an independent task assigned either or jointly to NAVSAC or the Towing Safety Advisory Council (TSAC).
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031597Input to Support Regulatory Reform of Coast Guard Regulations-Executive Orders 13771 and 13783 NAVSAC2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001276Navigation Safety Advisory Council2017
 COM-003025Navigation Safety Advisory Council2016
 COM-003389Navigation Safety Advisory Council2015
 COM-005117Navigation Safety Advisory Council2014
 COM-005494Navigation Safety Advisory Council2013
 COM-007291Navigation Safety Advisory Council2012
 COM-007616Navigation Safety Advisory Council2011
 COM-009433Navigation Safety Advisory Council2010
 COM-009708Navigation Safety Advisory Council2009
 COM-011338Navigation Safety Advisory Council2008
 COM-011577Navigation Safety Advisory Council2007
 COM-013248Navigation Safety Advisory Council2006
 COM-013426Navigation Safety Advisory Council2005
 COM-015172Navigation Safety Advisory Council2004
 COM-015346Navigation Safety Advisory Council2003
 COM-016647Navigation Safety Advisory Council2002
 COM-017451Navigation Safety Advisory Council2001
 COM-018659Navigation Safety Advisory Council2000
 COM-019671Navigation Safety Advisory Council1999
 COM-020689Navigation Safety Advisory Council1998
 COM-021532Navigation Safety Advisory Council1997
 COM-032834Navigation Safety Advisory Council2018