3/31/2017: Connecticut Maritime Association’s 2017 Shipping Conference – Remarks from Rear Admiral Paul Thomas

Earlier this month, senior Coast Guard leaders had the opportunity to make remarks on various topics during the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2017 conference and expo. For those of you who were unable to attend, Maritime Commons is providing a condensed version of each set of remarks, in a four-part blog series. First up, are remarks made by Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, during a shared-stage panel on cyber security.

3/28/17: Safety alert – Indications of chemical reaction and destruction of aluminum plating

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Alert 01-17 to remind vessel owners and operators to consider all hazards related to chemical spills. In addition to potential health risks to personal involved with routine handling and clean up of spills, there is also the potential for adverse chemical reactions with vessel components, construction materials, and other items onboard.

3/28/17: Safety alert – Failure to follow stove/oven installation instructions

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Alert 02-17 to inform those that may lease and occupy portable accommodation modules on board fixed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) platforms. A recent Coast Guard investigation into a fire onboard one of these platforms revealed the manufacturer of the module (a combination galley and mess deck) had improperly installed a commercial grade electric stove. As a result, the Coast Guard strongly recommends that owners and operators having similar portable accommodations ensure that all commercial grade stoves and ovens are installed with the proper clearances to prevent ignition of combustible materials.