New Edition of U.S. Coast Pilot Now Available

Posted by LT Amy Midgett, Thursday, July 26, 2018 ​ The first edition of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. Coast Pilot (Vol. 1, 48th Edition, 2018) that includes both the Navigation Rules as well as the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea is now available. ​ The U.S. Coast Pilot is issued in nine volumes that contain supplemental information difficult to portray on a nautical chart but that is important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes. U.S. Coast Pilot publications already include the Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service regulations. ​ This newest edition covers the Atlantic Coast from Eastpor

How to Increase Your Chances of Surviving a Vessel Sinking

Earlier this year, researchers in the NIOSH Commercial Fishing Safety Program published a study of factors associated with fishing crews surviving the loss of their boats while at sea in Alaska. They looked at 187 vessel disasters between 2000 and 2014, involving 617 crew members. After crunching the numbers, they came up with a few take aways: 90% of crew members on fishing vessels that sank in Alaska during 2000–2014 survived. Use of immersion suits and life rafts significantly improved the odds of survival. Crew members need access to well-maintained lifesaving equipment and skills for use. For the short version, check out the infographic to learn how to improve your odds of surviving a v

I Reached Over and Hit the E-Stop

Commercial fishing boat captain, Pat Glaab, installed an emergency stop (E-stop) button on the deck winch of his salmon seiner, F/V Norisle. In the course of a normal day's fishing, a deck hand got caught up in the line to the winch and Pat used the E-stop button to keep him from being pulled into the winch. The message from safety success stories don't get more explicit than this: E-stops on deck machinery prevent injuries and can save lives. Watch the video for the full story. Pat, and crewman, Travis Anderson, discuss the incident and the impact of the E-stop installation on their fishing operations. Pat also reflects on his feelings about the E-stop installation after the fact. The short

AMSEA Training Efforts in FY 2018

With our fiscal year just ended June 30, 2018, preliminary data shows that AMSEA Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training reached over 979 commercial fishermen in fourteen states. Drill conductor classes were held in 21 fishing ports in Alaska and in another 31 ports scattered across 13 other states had AMSEA Drill Conductor training workshops taught by AMSEA instructors. ​ In addition, 486 commercial fishermen received other safety training from AMSEA instructors. A big thanks to North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners Association, Fishing Partnership Support Services, and the 80 AMSEA instructors that provided training around the country this past year. Thanks also to the Coast Guard Fishing Ve

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