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ACCIDENTAL RELEASE OF CO2 SYSTEM
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
 
Avoid Accidental Hazmat Exposure
This safety alert serves to remind Coast Guard Container Inspectors and others involved in the inspection or handling of intermodal containers to be aware that there is always a risk of exposure to hazardous materials, whether the containers are marked as containing HAZMAT or not.
 
Fri, Jul 29, 2016
 
Avoid Auto-Pilot Induced Casualties
This safety alert addresses the safe navigation of vessels while operating with an auto-pilot engaged.
 
Tue, Aug 16, 2016
 
BARGE FLEET LIGHTING
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
 
CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CLIA)
CLIA members have adopted new policy pertaining to fire detection and fire fighting systems.
 
Tue, Feb 17, 2015
 
Dangerous Bycatch from Bygone Days - Munitions Hazards
This safety alert addresses the extreme hazards that exist today caused by discarded munitions that were dumped at sea long ago. They remain a significant risk to commercial fisherman, those operating dredges, and others who trawl and work the ocean floor.
 
Thu, Sep 1, 2016
 
DESIGNED FOR A REASON
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
 
DESIGNED FOR A REASON - HULL MAGNETS
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
 
Does your VDR work? Don?t wait to find out!
This safety alert reminds vessel owners and operators to periodically validate the proper operation of their vessel?s Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). Annual certifications performed by equipment technicians in accordance with international Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements may not be enough to ensure your best interests are met.
 
Thu, Sep 1, 2016
 
DON'T FEAR STEER CLEAR of dredging equipment hazards.
This safety alert serves as a reminder to vessel operators to be aware of dredging equipment hazards such as unmarked piping and for dredging operators to properly mark their equipment as per the Navigation Rules.
 
Mon, Jan 11, 2016
 
Dried Not Fried - Laundering safety issues.
This safety alert addresses issues related to large commercial sized laundering equipment.
 
Mon, Nov 9, 2015
 
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
 
DYNAMIC POSITIONING SYSTEM FAILURES
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
 
EPIRB RECALL
The alerts contains information related to a Kannad SAFELINK EPIRB recall.
 
Mon, Apr 25, 2016
 
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
 
Global Navigation Satellite Systems ? Trust, But Verify
This safety alert addresses the potential detrimental impact to navigation caused by GPS interference or jamming and the importance in understanding how your vessel?s or facility?s equipment could be impacted by a loss of GPS signal.
 
Wed, Jan 20, 2016
 
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
 
Inspecting Your Lifejackets is a Must!
This safety alert reiterates the importance of regular inspection of lifejackets for early detection and indicators of potential failures.
 
Thu, Jul 21, 2016
 
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
 
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