Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz will deliver the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address, at 10 a.m., PST, Thursday, March 21, from Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach. This is Schultz’s first State of the Coast Guard Address since his tenure as commandant began in 2018. Schultz will provide a current overview of the service and outline priorities for the year ahead.
The Inspections and Compliance Directorate published Marine Safety Alert 02-19, “Not all navigation lights are created equal,” to assist all mariners in understanding the difference between navigation lights used on power driven vessels and those used on sailing vessels.
Safety Alert 01-19 to remind mariners of the importance of maintaining essential firefighting equipment to adequately protect crew members from heat, smoke, and steam in the event of a fire onboard.
3/14/2019: Owners of two vessels criminally charged, convicted for operating illegal passenger charters
This posted highlights two recent back-to-back law enforcement cases in Florida that demonstrate the aggressive posture the Coast Guard is taking to eliminate illegal passenger charter activities. Because Smartphone-based applications have made it easier in recent years for passengers to locate and hire charter vessels, the Coast Guard is more vigilant than ever in detecting illegal charter activities and seek maximum enforcement actions against the vessel owners and operators.
The Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration regulate the vessels that may tow parasailers and flight activities, respectively. The Coast Guard regulates small passenger vessels and other vessels that conduct parasail operations. This does not include oversight of parasailing equipment, safety of passenger(s) aloft or interference with aircraft or banners being towed by aircraft. The FAA regulates parasail flight activities as well as aircraft and banners towed by aircraft. MSIB 002-19 addresses Navigation Rules relevant to the operations of the vessel pulling the parasail wing and provides information to promote safety while operating with passengers aloft in the vicinity of aircraft that may or may not be towing banners.
3/5/2019: Findings of Concern released – “Impacts of Modifications, Alterations, and Weight Creep on Stability”
The Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis issued Findings of Concern 006-19, “Impacts of Modifications, Alterations, and Weight Creep on Stability,” after the fishing vessel Destination marine board of investigation concluded that unsafe stability conditions, combined with an open deck hatch and a fatigued crew, were the primary factors leading to the tragedy.
2/28/2019: A century and a half of marine safety and prevention – The Congressional Act of Feb. 28, 1871
In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few thoughts on The Congressional Act of 1871, which provided the nation with the basis of a functioning marine safety code. The Act of 1871 was an important change that combined all the practical features of previous legislation with a number of new requirements to form a coherent and unified body of law for the regulation of steamboats and to prevent marine casualties and loss of life.
The Coast Guard announced in a news release last week that investigators continue to seek information regarding the fishing vessel Mary B II, which capsized off Newport, Oregon, Jan. 9, 2019, and resulted in the loss of the three crew members and the vessel. Anyone with information is encouraged to provide it to the investigation team at AccidentInfo@uscg.mil, using the subject line “F/V MARY B II.” Questions may be sent to the same address.
The National Boating Safety Advisory Council and its Subcommittees will meet April 9-11, 2019 in New Orleans to discuss issues relating to recreational boating safety. These meetings will be open to the public.