Infographic: What is EPIRB

Infographic: What is EPIRB
EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services, allowing them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system.

Credit: @BoatUSFdn

The Infographic above shows that when in distress in the middle of the sea, the seafarer has the chance to activate its EPIRB to send their information...

Sailing vessel aground off Magic Island, minor oil spill detected

The US Coast Guard announced that it is responding to a report of a 32-foot sailing vessel grounded off Magic Island, on June 13. Pollution responders are also on scene assessing the area, as there is a maximum potential fuel load of 27 gallons of diesel aboard. A slight sheen was reported but is expected to dissipate naturally.

At 8:40 p.m., June 13, US Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from Honolulu Fire Department of the grounded vessel. The vessel owner was heading...

USCG: Findings of Concern on high speed craft operations

The US Coast Guard released Findings of Concern on ‘High Speed Craft Operations Manuals,’ regarding an incident where a high speed catamaran passenger ferry allided with a rock jetty at over 30 knots, injuring 15 passengers.

Findings of Concern are issued to disseminate information related to unsafe conditions that were identified as causal concerns in a casualty and could contribute to future incidents.

They are intended to educate the public and state/ local agencies about the conditions...

USCG: FAQS on Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities

The USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance has compiled frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist with the compliance of Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities regulation (33 CFR §105.237), effective from 1st May 2019.

Under this rule, each owner or operator of a maritime facility regulated by the Coast Guard is required to implement a system providing seafarers, pilots, and representatives of seamen’s welfare and labor organizations access between vessels moored at the facility and...

USCG: Guidance on fixed fire pumps for towing vessels

The USCG Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued guidance on the use of fixed fire pumps in lieu of portable fire pumps on Subchapter C and Subchapter M towing vessels, 65 feet or less.

The guidance comes with the Policy Letter 01-19: ‘Equivalency Determination – Fire Pumps for Subchapter C and Subchapter M Towing Vessels’.

When developing the 2003 interim rule and 2004 final rule addressing fire-suppression systems and voyage planning for towing vessels, the Coast Guard assumed...

USCG: Unlicensed charters fines can reach $94,219 for each day

In a new official statement, the US Coast Guard reiterated that hiring an unlicensed charter is illegal and dangerous, because the charter may not have the proper emergency safety gear, navigation and communication gear, and may not have undergone the proper license exams and inspections which are put in place to ensure passenger and crew safety.

Legal passenger vessel operations fall into one of these three categories:

  • Uninspected Passenger Vessel: Can carry up to six passengers and must be...

Watch: USCG seizes 26,000 pounds cocaine and 1,500 pounds marijuana

On June 6 in port Everglades, Florida, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloaded about 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine and 1,500 pounds of seized marijuana. The cocaine is worth approximately $348 million, whereas the marijuana $1.6 million.

Specifically, the drugs were found in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America and include contraband seized and recovered in over a dozen interdictions.

The Hamilton’s crew conducted...

USCG eases radar observer renewals for experienced mariners

USCG eases radar observer renewals for experienced mariners
The US Coast Guard a final rule and policy letter, announcing revisions to its merchant mariner credentialing regulations on radar observer requirements. This aims to reduce unnecessary burden on mariners required to hold a radar observer endorsement.

The Coast Guard is revising its merchant mariner credentialing regulations to remove obsolete portions of the radar observer requirements and harmonize the radar observer endorsement with the merchant mariner credential.  These revisions will...

USCG issues hurricane reporting requirements for Gulf of Mexico

The US Coast Guard issued its reporting requirements for the upcoming hurricane season at the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf. The Marine Safety Information Bulletin 19-03 requests that operators of all manned facilities and Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) report only when personnel, who otherwise intended to evacuate the unit due to approaching heavy weather, were stranded onboard AND not able to evacuate due to extreme circumstances.

Reports of personnel remaining offshore will...