The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for introduced important updates to various laws to enhance crew safety and address sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Key changes include mandated surveillance systems, crew training, reporting procedures, and master key controls on select vessels. The Coast Guard has released four policy documents to provide guidance for compliance. The Coast Guard said the changes underscore its commitment to fostering a safer and more respectful maritime environment through the elimination of sexual assault and sexual harassment from the workplace.

For more information, refer to the Coast Guard Maritime Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 13-23. Also, please see MSIB 1-23 for further information on reporting sexual misconduct on U.S. vessels. A full listing of Coast Guard MSIBs may be found here.  A list of Policy Letters and Work Instructions can be found on the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) website

For questions regarding implementation of these new requirements on your vessel, please contact the local Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI). Points of contact for your local area may be found here.

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