Category: Investigations & Casualty Analysis

Coast Guard convenes Marine Board of Investigation into loss of F/V Scandies Rose

The Coast Guard announced in a news release Feb. 28, 2020, that it has convened a marine board of investigation into the loss of the fishing vessel Scandies Rose and five of its seven crewmembers. A marine board of investigation is the highest level of investigation in the Coast Guard.

Potential for Positive Drug Test Result from Use of Hemp-Plant Products

This Marine Safety Advisory is to ensure that mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations are aware that some products marketed as hemp or cannabidiol (CBD) may contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cause a positive drug test.

Have you checked your lifeboat cables? Damage can contribute to unintended hook opening

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued a Marine Safety Alert to bring awareness to the importance of checking for and replacing damaged control cables that operate between the release handle and hook in a lifeboat hook release system.

Marine Safety Alert: Alarming trends found on fixed gas detection systems

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 02-20 to educate the maritime community about common discrepancies associated with fixed gas detection systems on board liquefied gas carriers.

Marine Safety Information Bulletin: Novel Coronavirus update

The Coast Guard Director of Incident Management and Preparedness issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20, “Novel Coronavirus,” to provide additional information and guidance to the maritime community regarding the current novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

Improper bonding during gas freeing leads to dangerous results

photo of blown out cargo tank

Flammable vapors within a cargo tank are removed using mechanical air-moving equipment. As outside air is introduced into the cargo tank, the vapor/air mixture within the tank, and near the tank openings, will fall into the flammable range. During this time, if the air moving equipment used to gas free the cargo tank is not the proper type, is not properly maintained, or is not properly electrically bonded and secured to the vessel’s structure, static electricity generated by the air moving equipment can discharge as an electric arc and ignite the flammable vapor/air mixture. This post provides guidance to vessel owners/operators about the proper procedures to prevent potentially deadly explosions.

Submission deadline for William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award extended to March 2, 2020

The Benkert award recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment. Full details available on Homeport.

Random Drug Testing Rate for Covered Crewmembers for 2020

The Coast Guard has set the calendar year 2020 minimum random drug testing rate at 50 percent of covered crewmembers. The minimum random drug testing rate is effective January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Congressional hearing alert: Commercial and Passenger Vessel Safety: Challenges, Opportunities

Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. Richard Timme will testify before a Congressional Hearing focused on passenger vessel safety, Thursday, November 14th at 2 p.m.

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