The Office of Design and Engineering Standards has published guidance highlighting suitable distress signal devices for vessels that transit outside the territorial limits and may require long-range rescue response provided through the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
Class 1 watertight doors are a critical part of a vessel’s watertight subdivision, and, consequently, a crucial part of damage stability considerations. This issue of Drill Down explores the mechanics, materials, and inspection considerations of the gasket material of Class 1 WTDs.
A strong Area Maritime Security Committee requires hard work and long hours by many parties. The patriotism, professionalism, and impact of the Long Island Sound AMSC is a model for others to follow.
Ice breaking operations begin in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior. In the coming weeks, various commercial waterways may close after due consideration is given to the protection of the marine environment and the safety of island residents who, in the course of their daily business, use naturally-formed ice bridges for transportation to and from the mainland.
Retractable pilothouses offer towing vessel operators great flexibility in meeting the many operational demands of inland navigation. This post offers recommendations to ensure the safety of all crew members involved in their operation.
Recently, an investigation of a towing vessel loss of propulsion revealed gaps in the implementation of the vessel’s TSMS that were causal to the incident and a result of poor TSMS-to-TSMS transition.
The Office of Port and Facility Compliance announces the publication of the consolidated report on the status and work completed in 2018 by Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs).
The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is finalizing the policy harmonizing personal flotation device standards between the United States and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs. As a result, PFD manufacturers can meet a single North American standard instead of separate standards for the United States and Canada.
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.