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9/1/2016: Safety alert – Voyage data recorders

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The Coast Guard issued safety alert 12-16 to remind vessel owners and operators to periodically validate the proper operation of their vessel’s voyage data recorder (VDR).

VDR data is extremely important to marine investigators during accident reconstruction. However, it can also be highly valuable to vessel owners and operators. Following an accident, VDR data can assist owners and operators evaluate the performance of shipboard personnel and vessel equipment, while also helping to determine causal factors related to an incident. This information can be essential for resolving damage claims arising from an accident. Periodic reviews of VDR data can also help detect unsafe practices and equipment problems before a marine casualty occurs.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that owners and operators of vessels equipped with VDRs take the following actions:


For additional details, please view the entire safety alert.

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