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Coast Guard Issues a Marine Safety Alert for Defective Type-I PFDs

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Alert for defective Type-I Personal Flotation Devices (PFD). The defect renders the PFD unwearable. More than one hundred defective PFDs have been observed in several inspections of different vessels. The problem is that in the defective units, the waist band strap is fused to the plastic coating on the foam flotation. This prevents a user from properly donning the PFD. The Coast Guard has not yet released the manufacturer and model of the PFD, as they are continuing the their investigation. However, the photos released clearly shows the style of PFD under investigation. The Coast Guard is "strongly recommending that owners and operators using

Don't Be "Big Ship Road Kill"!

Most mariners encounter large ships from time to time. If you frequent busy ports, you may encounter them quite often. Navigating small craft in the vicinity of ships can be quite nerve wracking. While small craft might not be run down often, when it happens the results are often tragic. With that in mind, AMSEA has produced a short online presentation that will help you learn to avoid collisions with ships. Avoiding Collisions With Large Ships consists of four brief videos covering the following topics: Navigational Constraints of Large Ships Rules for Collision Avoidance Communication Situational Awareness Each video is followed by a short quiz to help you retain the information presented.

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