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  1. Would it be appropriate for the USCG to provide the public with a basic inspection form for the purpose of vetting a vessel?

    An oil company I worked for required any vessel we used to be properly vetted – even for a party on a passenger vessel. That prompted our vetting group to issue a checklist, which included the USCG license requirements and simple checks for the proper safety equipment. Just having a checklist and asking a few questions will reveal “bad actors” fairly quickly.

  2. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for your question and comments. There isn’t currently a checklist designed for the public to use. However, I passed your suggestion along to our boating safety staff for consideration. The best bet is for prospective passengers to contact their local Coast Guard sector for help and/or they should be familiar with the safe boating guidelines published by the CG Auxiliary at

    Additionally, a sample of the two types of inspection stickers prospective passengers should ask to see are available here:

    I hope this helps. I appreciate your thoughts on this and thank you for reading Maritime Commons!

    Best regards,
    LT Amy Midgett, Editor

  3. As a civilian, I am scheduled to go on a long range fishing trip out of San Diego at the end of April. I know now that it will be postponed but the information was a long time coming to me. Where can I go to find out accurate up to date information for myself about the status of what is happening that effects such fishing trips?

  4. Good morning, The Coast Guard is not specifically restricting or providing information on those types of activities. However as you know each state is placing restrictions on the type of activities the public can conduct. I suggest following whatever guidelines your local area is imposing regarding gatherings of several people or more and restriction of types of recreational activities. If the charter master is licensed by the Coast Guard it would be their responsibility to adhere to any Coast Guard rules put in place regarding coronavirus precautions. Continue to check with the vessel master and local or state government on any restrictions possibly put in place.

  5. Good afternoon, the TSA had available a security self assessment tool, called TSMARM, which is no longer available. Where can I find a decent alternative for that?

  6. Hello,
    Information provided by TSA personnel, mentions that the TSMARM ended in 2005 and provided a FEMA sponsored risk assessment program alternative. When you follow it, you have the opportunity to download a how to guide and can work through various steps to conduct a thorough assessment. The “building” part of the title is misleading; this should work for any “asset.”

  7. Good afternoon,

    You may reprint anything posted on Maritime Commons.
    Thank you

    CWO Kurt Fredrickson
    Editor, Maritime Commons

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