3/5/2019: Findings of Concern released – “Impacts of Modifications, Alterations, and Weight Creep on Stability”

The Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis issued Findings of Concern 006-19, “Impacts of Modifications, Alterations, and Weight Creep on Stability,” after the fishing vessel Destination marine board of investigation concluded that unsafe stability conditions, combined with an open deck hatch and a fatigued crew, were the primary factors leading to the tragedy.


1/24/2019: Commercial vessel safety during lapse in appropriations

With passage of a continuing resolution, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-19 is cancelled effective Feb. 1, 2019.


10/23/2018: Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee will meet in Seattle November 15-16 to discuss various issues relating to safety in the commercial fishing industry. All meetings will be open to the public.


2/23/2018: Notice of Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee Meeting

The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC) will meet via teleconference March 15, 2018, to discuss the Regulatory Reform tasking efforts (CFSAC task statement #01-17) and may take action to submit their report to the U.S. Coast Guard. The teleconference will be open to the public.


10/6/2017: Marine Safety Alert 11/17: Remain upright by fully understanding vessel stability

The need for operators to understand their vessel’s Stability Instructions cannot be overstated. This post provides resources and tips to help vessel operators reduce the risk of capsizing due to excessive icing or weight, vessel conversions or modifications, or compromised water tight integrity. Although the content is geared toward commercial fishing vessel operators, it is information that any mariner should be familiar with.


10/1/2017: Coast Guard releases Report of Investigation into loss of 33 mariners and U.S. cargo ship, El Faro

The MBI concluded that the primary cause of the casualty was the decision to navigate El Faro too close to the path of Hurricane Joaquin. As the MBI expanded the investigation to explore other contributing factors, it uncovered evidence of an ineffective safety management system within the operating company, and failures by both the Coast Guard delegated representative and the Coast Guard itself to provide effective oversight of the vessel’s compliance with safety regulations.


9/19/2017: Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee seeking applicants for membership

The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security on various matters relating to the safe operation of commercial fishing industry vessels. Completed applications should be submitted to the Coast Guard on or before Nov. 20, 2017.


7/13/2017: MSIB 008-17 Application of commercial fishing vessel requirements on Atlantic HMS permitted handgear vessels

MSIB 008-17 (corrected) provides guidance to highly migratory species (HMS) charter fishing vessels, the commercial fishing industry, and the Coast Guard. It represents the Coast Guard’s current interpretation on the applicability of commercial fishing vessel safety requirements and regulations for those vessels fishing for Atlantic HMS. The compliance posture outlined in the bulletin applies if the vessel/owner/operator holds ONLY an Atlantic HMS or Tunas permit.


6/5/2017: How are we doing?

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1/31/2017: Changes to Navigation Center website

The Coast Guard Navigation Center has implemented a small but important change to its website address.


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