Category: Investigations & Casualty Analysis

Unlicensed charters are bad news for everyone

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Hiring an unlicensed charter is dangerous because the charter may not have the proper emergency safety gear, navigation and communication gear, and may not have undergone the proper license exams and inspections which are put in place to ensure passenger and crew safety.

Outer Continental Shelf industry day in New Orleans June 21

Industry day is an informal exchange of information and ideas between Federal agencies and offshore oil and gas industry stakeholders intended to advance safe, secure, and environmentally sound OCS operations. Presentations at this event will address both regional and national issues that impact offshore worker safety and environmental protection.

Maritime Commons has a new home! Update your bookmarks & feeds

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Thank you to all mariners on National Maritime Day

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In this post, in honor of National Maritime Day, Rear Adm. Nadeau extends appreciation to all the mariners who are entrusted with the safety of passengers and crew and who keep our economy flowing every day.

4/26/2019: Coast Guard to hold public hearing in Louisiana for Sunshine Bridge investigation

The Coast Guard 8th District announced in a news release that it will convene a public hearing beginning May 6, 2019, to consider evidence related to the Kristin Alexis formal marine casualty investigation. The hearing will focus on the overhead strike of the Highway 70 Sunshine Bridge in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, which severely impacted the local community for several weeks while the bridge was impassible and out of service.

4/25/2019: Marine Safety Alert – Man overboard: Fatality calls for reassessment of hazards and risks

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 05-19, “Man Overboard! An unusual fatality calls for reassessment of hazards and risks,” to educate owners and operators of deep draft vessels on the circumstances surrounding a tragic incident that left one mariner dead.

4/23/2019: Coast Guard releases new Arctic Strategic Outlook

As the nation’s primary maritime presence in the Polar Regions, the Coast Guard advances national interests through a unique blend of polar operational capability, regulatory authority, and international leadership across the full spectrum of maritime governance. The Coast Guard will continue to work with its allies and partners on the mutual goal of ensuring a safe, secure, and cooperative Arctic, even as aspiring near-peer competitors maneuver for strategic advantage in the area.

4/23/2019: Annual Port State Control Report for 2018 now available

The PSC annual report provides the global maritime industry key statistics and compliance trends in relation to compliance with U.S. and international regulations.

4/19/2019: Domestic vessel annual report for 2018 now available

The report highlights, U.S. domestic fleet deficiencies, inspections, and marine casualty statistics and serves as a powerful tool to study trends, identify key performance indicators, and bring attention to issues in the fleet.

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