Marine Safety Instructor Training in Abbeville, Louisiana

AMSEA recently concluded a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) in Abbeville, LA. Executive Director, Jerry Dzugan, and instructor, Neil Nickerson, lead the workshop. Attending the training were personnel from Omega Protein, Inc. of Abbeville, the Marine Survival Training Center at Louisiana State University at Lafayette, NOAA fisheries observer program, and the U.S. Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel safety program. Participants practiced skills related to preparation for emergencies, cold-water near drowning, hypothermia, cold-water survival, survival equipment, procedures & onboard drills, risk assessment, ergonomics, and methods of instruction. Click on the phot gallery to

Global Navigation Satellite Systems – Trust, But Verify Report Disruptions Immediately

Do you know what equipment relies upon the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) signal? How would you respond if you lost the signal? This past summer, multiple outbound vessels from a non-U.S. port suddenly lost GPS signal reception. The net effect was various alarms and a loss of GPS input to the ship’s surface search radar, gyro units and Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS), resulting in no GPS data for position fixing, radar over ground speed inputs, gyro speed input and loss of collision avoidance capabilities on the radar display. Fortunately, the vessels were able to safely continue their voyage using radar in heads up display, magnetic compass and terrestrial navig

Staff Changes at AMSEA

AMSEA bids a fond farewell to Amy Blair, our long time Finance Director. Amy is leaving AMSEA to spend time on personal pursuits. We will miss her thoughtful, cheerful presence and thank her for the skill, dedication, and hard work she has brought to the job these past nine years. We wish Amy all the best! Our new Finance Director is Amanda Johnson. Amanda has lived in Sitka for twenty-four years and has worked for the University of Alaska (Sitka Campus) and Sitka Trail Works. She brings a wealth of bookkeeping, database, and office technology experience to the job. An active outdoorswoman, Amanda has spent many hours on the waters around Sitka. AMSEA also welcomes Ellexis Howey to its staff

NIOSH Tests Deck Winch Modifications to Prevent Injuries on Shrimp Trawlers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with shrimp fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico to test stationary guards to prevent winch entanglements on shrimp trawlers. The U.S. Coast Guard approached NIOSH after noticing an increase in the incidence of deckhands becoming entangled in deck winches. Between 2000 and 2011 there were 35 severe work-related injuries reported, including eight fatal injuries. In 2012, a 15 year-old boy, fishing on a shrimp boat, died when his clothing became caught in an operating deck winch. Recognizing the need for action to reduce the number of injuries, NIOSH partnered with three fishing vessels to test static guards on deck win

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