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This safety alert serves to remind shoreside and vessel personnel of the importance of 1) designing and maintaining emergency systems to be logical and easily operated in high stress situations, 2) maintaining a high level of crew familiarity with emergency systems, and 3) exercising safeguards during testing to mitigate the risk of human error or system malfunction.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014
Air Draft is Critical
Air draft (draught) is a term used to describe the distance from the top of a vessel's highest point to its waterline. Vertical clearance is the distance in excess of the air draft that allows a vessel to pass safely under a bridge or object. The consequences of failing to consider air draft and to properly calculate a vessel's vertical clearance under bridges, power lines, and other obstructions encountered during a passage can be catastrophic.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014
Anyone can steer a boat.
This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to owners and operators of pollution response vessels and other types of special purpose vessels of the need to employ knowledgeable operators with appropriate seamanship skills to navigate their vessels.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL - When fatigue catches up.
This safely alert addresses a recent increase in the number of groundings on Alaskan shorelines involving uninspected commercial fishing vessels.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015
Within the U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District alone, marine casualty data indicates that over the past 12 years, 44 recreational vessels have struck (allided) moored barges within barge fleets, resulting in 26 fatalities and 44 injuries. These serious incidents involving barges highlight the critical need for barge operators to properly display navigation lights in accordance with the Inland Navigation Rules.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014
CLIA members have adopted new policy pertaining to fire detection and fire fighting systems.
Tue, Feb 17, 2015
This safety alert serves to raise awareness regarding the importance of using proper replacement parts and equipment in accordance with their intended purpose.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014
This alert raises awareness as to the importance of not modifying equipment or components from their intended design or operation. Recently, a State Pilot suffered a concussion as he wasboarding a vessel via its pilot ladder. The primary cause of the accident was an improperlymodified embarkation ladder hull magnet that disconnected from the ship?s hull and struck the Pilot n the head.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014
Dynamic Positioning Failures on OSVs
This Joint Safety Alert addresses a dynamic positioning (DP) incident involving an Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) which resulted in a loss of position while conducting a critical Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015
This Joint Safety Alert addresses a dynamic positioning (DP) incident on a vessel resulting in a loss of position while conducting a critical Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity.
Wed, May 21, 2014
Engine Room Operations
This safety alert reminds persons working in engine rooms to be aware of their surroundings, know the exit routes and operation of watertight doors should it ever become necessary to escape quickly as in an emergency. It also reminds engineering personnel of the importance of making good machinery space rounds.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015
Failure of hand portable fire extinguishers.
This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to vessel owners/operators and fire safety equipment servicing companies to use caution when replacing components on hand portable fire extinguishers.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014
Fire Extinguishing System Ready - Are you sure?
The alert addresses the need to regularly check the status of your extinguishing systems.
Wed, May 27, 2015
Fuel Switching and MARPOL Requirements
This document reminds operators of the importance in having up-to-date procedures when performing fuel switching prior to entering Emission Control Areas.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015
Inadequate Snaphooks on Lifejackets.
The information in this safety alert was distributed a few years ago by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans with limited geographic reach. Recently, Washington State Ferry personnel discovered numerous problematic snaphooks on one of their vessels and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. This alert gives the issue wider circulation, and provides contact information for persons to take corrective action and obtain new snaphooks.
Mon, May 5, 2014
LPG Cargo and Hydrate Handling
This alert serves as a reminder for operators to develop and follow sound procedures for loading LPG products.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015
NTSB - Stairway Hazards during Docking and Undocking
This document provides owner operators and commercial vessel passengers a warning to prevent them from being knocked off balance and receiving injuries during docking and undocking evolutions.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014
Parasail Vessels - Overheating of Hydraulic Oil System
This safety alert addresses the inadequacy of hydraulic systems which are dependent on vessel forward movement to provide cooling.
Mon, May 12, 2014
Recent casualties involving explosions aboard barges conducting tank cleaning operations alongside marine terminals have resulted in serious injuries to vessel crews and facility workers, catastrophic property damage, as well as harm to the environment. A review of related casualties has revealed that vessel personnel, facility personnel and shore side managers failed to ensure that established procedures and safe practices were followed.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014
This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to owners, operators and crewmembers working on all parasail vessels to review equipment instructions and usage limitations. Significant hazards leading to injury or death may occur if the equipment is used improperly. The Coast Guard does not regulate parasail equipment, parasail operational procedures or mechanical systems used during parasailing. This is a reminder to owners, operators and crewmembers of their important responsibilities.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015
Safety Alerts, Advisories, Lessons Learned 2008 - 2012
A compilation of documents for the years 2008 - 2012.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013
Safety Alerts 1996 - 2014
Document contains alerts previously sent via distribution and early documents (1996-1998) which were placed online prior to development of Homeport.
Thu, Feb 19, 2015
Secured For Sea - Or Not
This safety alert addresses the need for proper anchor replacement, storage, brake maintenance and inspection.
Mon, May 11, 2015
Slips, Trips and Falls
This alert reminds all personnel to be aware of potential circumstances that might result in a slip, trip or fall.
Fri, May 16, 2014
TANK SAMPLING DANGERS / H2S Threshold Limit Change
This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to Coast Guard (CG) personnel and the maritime community of potential dangers during sampling of cargo tanks.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014
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