- Domestic Vessels

9/9/2014 Safety alert: Air draft is critical!

The Coast Guard issued marine safety alert 09-14 to bring attention to the consequences of failing to consider air draft and to properly calculate a vessel’s vertical clearance under bridges, power lines and other obstructions encountered during a passage.

Air draft is a term used to describe the distance from the top of a vessel’s highest point to its waterline.

View the alert for details on bridge strike statistics, primary cause of casualties and Coast Guard recommendations to avoid these occurrences.

The safety alert was developed by the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise and the Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis.

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