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USCG Issues Guidance on Certificates of Documentation

Back in January, the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) got backed up on issuing new and renewed certificates of documentation for vessels of all types, due to the partial government shutdown. The U.S. Coast Guard issued guidance to mariners with expired or expiring vessel documentation, telling them to continue vessel operations as long as an application had been submitted to NVDC. Apparently, the backlog continues, as new guidance was issued yesterday, advising vessel operators to continue operations with expired certificates of documentation, provided an application has been received by NVDC. Please click the image to read the guidance document and see how that may apply to you.

Marine Board of Investigation Report on the F/V Destination Sinking is Released

Update: The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis has issued Findings of Concern resulting from the sinking of the F/V Destination. This document contains a brief description of the accident and its causes, as well as "voluntary actions for an owner / operator of similar vessels and operations to consider in order to reduce the likelihood of recurrence." Click the image on the left to download the document. The U.S. Coast Guard has released the Marine Board of Investigation report on the sinking of the F/V Destination. At 138 pages, it’s a lot to take in. However, the report’s executive summary gives us the short version of the MBI’s findings. “The primary causal fa

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