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USCG Helps Mariners Who Couldn't Get Documentation During Gov't. Shutdown

The U.S. Coast Guard is offering some relief to vessel owners who have been unable to obtain a Certificate of Documentation and other documents due to the lapse in federal funding that resulted in the closure of many federal offices and suspension of functions. According to Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-19, published on January 24: Vessels Engaged on Domestic Voyages Only (Coastwise/Fisheries): Vessel owners and operators with a COD that expired on or before January 31, 2019, may continue to operate domestically on the previously issued trade endorsements provided a renewal application has been submitted to the NVDC. Vessel owners should be prepared to present evidence, upon request,

Coast Guard Makes 2019 Light Lists Available

The U.S. Coast Guard has released updated Light Lists for 2019. The last printed Light Lists were published in 2014. While the printed editions are no longer available, you can download the Light List for your area at https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists. Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating information regarding aids to navigation to the maritime public. Local Notice to Mariners will continue to advise Light List corrections and NAVCEN will continue to publish a compilation of corrections. Complete versions of the 2019 Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website and mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed. A summary of 2019

U.S. Coast Guard Releases New Video on EPIRBs

In an emergency, activating your vessel's EPIRB is the most certain method of summoning help. But, have you ever wondered what happens if you flip the switch? Wonder no more. The U.S. Coast Guard has released, Anatomy of SAR Case: EPIRBs. The two and a half-minute video explains how the Coast Guard responds to the distress signal, using an actual SAR case as an example. This past November, a crew member on the sailboat, Marie Elena, suffered an apparent heart attack. The boat was 270 NM off Cape Hatteras and the Coast Guard was able to locate and effect a medical evacuation of the stricken sailor, in no small part, because the boat was equipped with an EPRIB. The Coast Guard wants you to k

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