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That's How You Make a MAYDAY Call

Audio: F/V Coastal Reign MAYDAY Call Click the link above to hear a good example of a well-executed MAYDAY call. According to KOIN 6 News, the F/V Coastal Reign struck a submerged object while transiting the mouth of the Columbia River in the early hours of February 5. The vessel began taking on water, flooding the engine room. The captain called in a distress and repeated vital information clearly and calmly. He maintained the helm while his crew donned immersion suits. There was an immediate radio response by U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. The Coast Guard was professional, fast, calm, and reassuring throughout. Within 60 seconds the Coastal Reign's captain had: Asked for help;

USCG Releases Completed Voluntary Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishin

Back in November we discussed the U.S. Coast Guard's Voluntary Safety Initiatives and Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Vessels program. That's their replacement for the Alternate Safety Compliance Program (ASCP) required by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and the Marine Transportation Act of 2012. The final version of the Coast Guards recommended standards came out in January. Click here to read about it in the Coast Guard's Maritime Commons blog and download the final standards by clicking here. If you need a brief refresher on why the Coast Guard needed to replace the ASCP, you can read about that here.

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