8/22/2018: Marine Safety Alert 14-18, Gangways and ladders

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued a marine safety alert following the death of a vessel pilot who died while boarding a vessel when its gangway separated from the vessel, causing two persons to fall into the water. Although the investigation is still underway and additional facts are being gathered, this marine safety alert is intended to remind mariners that shipboard equipment that seems quite benign can quickly become a hazard to persons boarding and departing a vessel.


8/16/2018: Marine Safety Alert – Potential interference of VHF-FM radio and AIS reception

The Office of Investigation and Analysis released Marine Safety Alert 13-18 to alert mariners about reports regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment). Radio frequency interference caused by these LED lamps was found to create potential safety hazards.


7/25/2018: Hazards of parasail and watersport passenger transfers

The Office of Investigations and Analysis issued a Marine Safety Alert to educate professional mariners and the boating public about two recent incidents that led to serious injuries to passengers on uninspected parasail vessels during underway transfer from the vessel to an inflatable raft, (i.e., “banana boat”) that was being towed alongside the vessel by personal water craft (“Jet Ski”).


6/11/2018: Three Marine Safety Alerts – High levels of hydrogen sulfide gas; water slides aboard commercial vessels; Gulf Coast vessels and blended fuel oils

The Office of Investigations and Analysis issued three Marine Safety Alerts to warn mariners of several potentially dangerous conditions that owners, operators, and captains should be on the lookout for onboard their vessels.


3/22/2018: Marine Safety Alert 03-18 – Zipper adhesive failure impacting immersion suits

During a recent inspection, U.S. Coast Guard Port State Control examiners discovered a significant flaw involving almost all of a vessel’s immersion suits. The examiners noted that the glue used to attach the main zipper to the body of the suit had failed.


2/20/2018: Marine Safety Alert 2-18 Operational risk management, planning is essential to safe towing and salvage operations

Marine Safety Alert 2-18 is issued to remind commercial towing and salvage operators to assess operational risks at all times and continually reassess risks based on weather, equipment, experience, and evolving conditions on-scene.


1/17/2018: Marine Safety Alert 01-18 Performing prompt vessel maintenance is critical

This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to vessel owners, operators and those who repair these vessels of the importance of recognizing risks and ensuring proper maintenance and repairs are made to minimize risk.


8/3/2017: Marine Safety Alert 08-17 – Knowing your high seas comms equipment may save your life

Recent inquiries by Coast Guard marine inspectors indicate that a large number of vessel operators and ship masters continue to rely on outdated high seas communications frequencies when communicating with the Coast Guard. This Safety Alert reminds all mariners of the appropriate use of Single Side Band High Frequency (SSB-HF) radios when attempting to contact the Coast Guard outside the normal range of Very High Frequency-Frequency Modulation (VHF-FM) marine radios.


7/24/2017: Marine Safety Alert 07/17 – CO2 hazards are nothing new

During two recent vessel inspections Coast Guard marine inspectors participated in and witnessed occasions where the testing and maintenance of a CO2 system resulted in serious safety threats that could have easily led to loss of lives.


7/18/2017: Do you know how to report a GPS disruption?

The Coast Guard Navigation Center is encouraging mariners to review Marine Safety Alert 01-16 to re-familiarize themselves with the procedures to report a disruption and the actions they should take to mitigate the effects of a disruption, following a GPS disruption in the Black Sea in June.


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