Savannah Maritime Association

            A Maritime Partnership

The SMA Partnership:

    The Savannah Maritime Association is a partnership of maritime-related companies dedicated to the safety and development of our port.

SMA Participation:

     The Savannah Maritime Association works for the common benefit of all participants in Georgia’s Ports, Federal, State, City, Commercial and

      Community organizations. SMA identifies and achieves common goals and objectives for the Maritime Community. SMA meetings are an

      open forum to discuss and resolve Maritime Community issues. Members share their views and work towards the common good of the port.

SMA Activities:

     The Savannah Maritime Association is headquartered at 33 Bull Street, Suite 550, in downtown Savannah, is planning to move the office and                  conducts regular monthly meeting for members. SMA coordinates Savannah Spill Response Corporation activities, monitors proposed rate                     increases by area service providers and acts as a clearing house for maritime information, data and employment.

SMA Staff:

     SMA’s Executive Director Charles E Sutlive works closely with members at all levels of the maritime, government and business

     community to ensure the safety and development of our port.



Next SMA Meeting -

SMA’s next monthly meeting will be at 11 AM, Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at the C&BP Facility, 139 Southern Blvd, Savannah, GA.


Navy League -

The next Navy League meeting is on February 16, 2016. Check the Savannah Website for details.


Propeller Club -

The Propeller Club will have their next Luncheon on March 10, 2016, at the Pirates House..


Maritime After Hours - March 2, 2016, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.


Georgia Logistics Summit - April 19-20, 2016, Atlanta, GA.


Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

The Project has been approved by the Federal Government and work has started. The USACE Savannah District website is SHEP.


Issues and Information-

· NMFS South Atlantic Fishing Regulations 2016

· MSU Savannah Dead Ship Tow Request Form  2015

· Federal Maritime Commission Port Congestion Report 2015

· MSU Savannah Vessel Agent Handbook 2014

· US Coast Guard NVICs implementing the final STCW Rules.

· NOAA Coast Survey Future of Navigation Listening Sessions

· USDA has issued Asian Gypsy Moth facts and requirements. A Pipeline is also posted at C&BP Savannah Pipelines

· The Maritime Logistics Education TaskForce is at

· The Administration has issued the National Domain Awareness Plan and the  National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan

· EPA has issued Vessel General Permit requirements and a Fact Sheet for discharges from vessels 79 ft and over and new regulations for vessels below 79 ft, effective December 2013.


US Coast Guard Ballast Water Discharge FAQs.

US Coast Guard Vessel Emissions Control Compliance and Job Aid.


C&BP has issued a notification of new, revised FORM CBPF 7501 Instructions.


US Coast Guard Inflatable Personal Flotation Device Regulations.


US Coast Guard issues new criteria for undocumented vessel Standard Numbering System and Boating Accident Reports.


MSSB 43-11 Gangway Access Control on Foreign Vessels


USCG MSU Savannah Area 2011 Contingency Plan is available HERE.


C&BP Small Vessel Reporting System Notice, May 24, 2011.


DHS National Terrorism Advisory System Guide , April 20, 2011.


COTP Savannah Seamen Facility Access Mar 2011.


USCG Savannah Port and Waterway Safety Assessment (PAWSA Workshop) August 2010.


News and Links -

- US Coast Guard issues STCW Final Rule information.

- New Website for USCG National Maritime Center

- USCG MSA 03-13b Surge Protection

- USCG Safety Alert 07-11 Moving Machinery.

- MSIB 50-11 TWIC card Version 2.0

- MSIB 48-11 Passenger Weight and Stability Requirements

- COTP Savannah MSIB 01-11 Port Information and Awareness

- TWIC PAC 01-11 Voluntary Use of TWIC Readers

- USCG Tank Vessel Salvage-Marine Firefighting requirements

              NVIC 2-10 effective Feb 2011.

- USCG Notice of Arrival for Certain Dangerous Cargo final rule.

- MARAD’s America’s Marine Highway Program Final Rule.

- NOAA ECDIS Display issue Website and Notice.

- OSHA’s Revised Personal Protective Equipment standards.

- OSHA Rule limits vertical tandem lifts to two containers.

- OSHA SPUD Barge Safety  and Deck Barge Safety guidance.


DHS/USCG Small Vessel Security Strategy is posted HERE and the Implementation Plan is HERE.


Navigation -

- USACE Savannah River  January 2016 Chart and Report

- USACE Brunswick January 2016 Chart and Report

- USCG NVIC 01-16 vessel Use of Electronic Charts

- Right Whale Alert APP for iPad/iPhone.

- NOAA Electronic Nautical Charts

- NOAA Electronic Nautical Chart Changes & LNM

- NOAA Nautical Booklet Charts free downloads.

- Gray’s Reef Restricted Area Effective December 4, 2011 Area Sketch

- NOAA Hurricane Response in District 7  2011

- NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheet Georgia 2011

- USCG D7 Local Notices to Mariners

- Port of Savannah Under Keel Clearance criteria

- USCG Inland and International Navigation Rules (Oct 2009)


- NOAA provides free viewing of electronic charts at their websites:


- NOAA Marine Protected Areas interactive mapping tool


- MACOSH -Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Health and Safety




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