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MSIT in Abbeville, LA February 3-8, 2020

AMSEA strives to train marine safety instructors on every coast. That's why we hold Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) classes not only in Alaska, but in different parts of the country each year. Our next MSIT will be held February 3-8, in Abbeville, Louisiana. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone on the Gulf Coast or Southeast Atlantic Coast to train to become an AMSEA instructor. The MSIT is AMSEA’s six-day, USCG-accepted, train-the-trainer course. MSIT graduates are qualified to teach marine safety & survival topics, like survival gear, firefighting, damage control, man overboard recovery, distress signals, abandon ship procedures, and sea survival. Once approved by the U.S.

Help Keep Training Affordable

If you have ever attended an AMSEA Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor class, the chances are very good that you received your training at no cost or at a reduced cost for tuition. AMSEA has been able to provide free and discounted training to commercial fishermen thanks to a mix of grants and other funding sources over the years. Last month, we wrote about our new grant award from NIOSH. The grant will provide $325,000* in funding over two years, for AMSEA to provide marine safety training to commercial fishermen. However, AMSEA must match that amount with funds from non-federal sources. One of the ways we will meet this matching requirement is through class tuition. For years we had a contract

Jim Buoy Life Jacket Recall

The U.S. Coast Guard has updated a Marine Safety Alert from 2018 about defective personal flotation devices (PFDs) with information identifying the manufacturer and model numbers affected. Jim Buoy Model 601 Adult Type 1 and Model 603 Child Type 1 life jackets have a manufacturing defect where the waist strap is fused to the sides of the PFD, making it impossible for a user to slip the life jacket over their head. Cal-June Inc. has issued a recall notice for these models of life jackets. According to the recall notice, "Cal-June Inc. recommends that you stop using this product should this condition be encountered and replaced with a suitable alternative life jacket." If you carry Jim Buoy Ty

New Boatyard Safety Booklet

Once the fishing season ends, many commercial fishermen turn to the endless list of maintenance tasks that comes with owning or working on a commercial fishing boat. Boat work may be done at the dock or in a boatyard. Either way, boat work exposes workers to a wide range of physical, chemical, and electrical hazards. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the injury and illness incidence rate on ships and in boatyards is more than double the rates of construction and general industry. To help commercial fishermen and other boatyard workers understand the risks, and adopt measures that can help prevent injury and illness, Alaska Sea G

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