TVNCOE issued a reminder that on or before July 22, 2019, owners and managing operators of Subchapter M towing vessels must implement a Health and Safety Plan (HSP) and the associated record-keeping procedures regardless of whether or not the vessel has been issued a Certificate of Inspection.
5/3/2019: Stay “face up” – Try on your lifejacket in a controlled water environment to ensure proper fit
The Coast Guard recommends everyone try on their lifejacket in a controlled water environment to ensure proper fit and performance on their body. All Coast Guard approved lifejackets meet industry standards and Coast Guard requirements for construction, performance, and manufacturing. However, the only way to ensure proper fit and performance on an individual is to try it on in the water.
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.
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.
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.
Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, presented Mr. Walter Blessey, Jr. with a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award during the American Waterways Operators’ Spring Convention, held in Washington, D.C. last week, for Blessey’s outstanding contributions to the inland marine transportation industry, including navigation safety, environmental stewardship, and homeland security.
The udpate to this NVIC provides additional course content guidance to merchant mariner training organizations that offer meteorology, ship handling, and bridge resource management courses.
The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 04-19, “Confined Spaces: Silent & Invisible Killers” to remind mariners that despite decades of work by to improve confined space entry by maritime safety organizations, training institutions, and vessel owners/operators, the risks have not been eliminated. This is illustrated by a recent casualty where three persons were asphyxiated while working onboard a laid-up Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit. Although the investigation is not yet complete, the following information is being conveyed with the continued hope that it will highlight this hazard with the aim to prevent recurrence.
Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Department of Transportation chemical testing continues to identify as dangerous drug users individuals with significant amounts of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, metabolized into their system. Marijuana use remains criminal at the federal level under U.S. Code.