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US Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Safety Examinations Now in Force

USCG's mandatory commercial fishing vessel safety examinations for those operating more than three miles from the territorial sea baseline take effect. This requirement, which affects commercial fishing fleets nationwide, comes as a result of Congress' passing of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. To help fishermen come into compliance with the regulations that apply to their vessel, the Coast Guard has built an on-line commercial fishing vessel "checklist generator" available here.  This tool will help owners and operators to understand their specific equipment and operational requirements and the checklist can be used to examine the vessel and prepare for the Coast Guard visit. "We are looking to work with the fishing industry in a fair, reasonable and flexible manner to bring all commercial vessels into compliance with these new requirements," said Ken Lawrenson, the Coast Guard District 17 commercial fishing vessel safety coordinator.  “It is in the best interests of all commercial fishermen operating their vessels more than three miles beyond the territorial sea baseline of the United States to contact and start working with their local Coast Guard marine safety unit, if they do not presently have a valid dockside safety exam decal."  


Canada Announces Harbor Investments

The Harper Government invests in Mamainse and Kinoosao Harbors Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Mamainse Harbor. The project consists of the refurbishment of the north breakwater. This work is planned to start in the late fall.


Harris to Manage Go2marine’s Commercial Supply Division

Kal brings to Mariner Supply and Go2marine over 20 years of sales experience in applying marine equipment, along with associated hydraulic powering systems, to the commercial fishing industry, NOAA, Coast Guard, and the US Navy. The new job at Mariner Supply will allow Kal to continue to work closely with commercial customers to solve complex problems in net-hauling, pot-hauling, lifting and anchor handling, along with mooring operations.


F/V Held for Preventable Safety Violations

A USCG Captain of the Port Order will keep U.S. F/V North Command in Dutch Harbor until more than 10 safety hazards and lifesaving deficiencies are corrected, inspectors from Marine Safety Detachment Unalaska said. Inspectors boarded North Command as part of a required USCG post-search and rescue incident boarding. The vessel lost power in heavy seas about 250 miles southeast of Sand Point and had been the focus of a USCG search and rescue operation.


Canada's TSB Reports on Commercial Fishing Safety

The Transortation Safety Board publishes its findings on a broad safety investigation into commercial fishing accidents in Canada Since 1992 the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has made 42 recommendations concerning fishing safety, and many of these recommendations have been acted on. However, despite the efforts of the Board and others in government and the private sector, many of the causes of fishing accidents today are the same as those identified by the TSB two decades ago.


The New Generation of Multibeam Sonars from WASSP

WASSP Multibeam

Multibeam sonar manufacturer WASSP Ltd has announced details of the company’s latest range of multibeam sonar’s, now for all commercial applications. WASSP Ltd parent company, ENL Group has invested in the new range to strengthen its number one position in the commercial fishing sector and also to build a product tailored to the survey and workboat market with new features and functions. “Although WASSP was originally designed for commercial fishing


Tugs Pull Boat from Sandbar

A 62-ft. commercial fishing boat that had run aground was dislodged early Saturday, Harbor Patrol officials said. Two tugboats pulled the Emerald Sea to Newport Harbor just after midnight, where Coast Guard officials will inspect it. The boat ran aground on a sandbar near 36th Street on Friday morning. Preliminary reports point to operator error, officials said. Source: LA Times


Coast Guard Enforces Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety

With the tragic deaths of three Massachusetts fishermen last weekend still resonating throughout the community, the Coast Guard continues to enforce boating safety regulations and, when necessary, force vessels to return to port to correct hazardous conditions. Two Bar Harbor, Maine-based fishing vessels, and one Scituate, Mass., based fishing vessel were boarded and consequently escorted back to their respective ports Tuesday after Coast Guard boarding teams discovered multiple safety


Hispano Radio, WESMAR Dealer in Spain

WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) of Woodinville, announced the appointment of Hispano Radio Maritima, S.A. as dealer for WESMAR’s commercial fishing, pleasure boat, and government business in Spain. The arrangement is for exclusive representation for WESMAR except for the Galician coastal fishing fleet. Hispano Radio has a large sales and service force. They are headquartered in Madrid and operate eight branch sales and service offices throughout the country


USCG Clarifies Safety Exams Protocol for CFV's

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin, or MSIB, 12-15 to provide clarification about the five-year mandatory dockside safety exam that applies to many commercial fishing vessels. Effective October 15, 2015, law requires completion of a mandatory dockside safety exam on certain CFVs at least once every five years. Please read MSIB 12-15 for full details and information on:       CFVs affected by the exam requirement


Bering Sea Deal a First for Inmarsat Fleet Xpress

Alaskan Leader (Photo: Alaskan Leader Fisheries)

Inmarsat announced that its partner Network Innovations (NI), together with Fusion Marine Technology, have signed a contract with Alaskan Leader Fisheries to install Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, powered by Global Xpress (GX). 


Fishermen Rescued from Liferaft West of Cape Blanco

The fishing vessel McCalis, a 60-foot fishing vessel homeported in Charleston, Ore., takes on water 8 miles west of Cape Blanco, Ore., Aug. 14, 2016. Three fishermen abandoned the fishing vessel onto a liferaft and were rescued by a boatcrew from Search and Rescue Detachment Coquille River. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Sector North Bend.

The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from a liferaft 8 miles west of Cape Blanco at 1:15 p.m., Sunday. The three fishermen, reportedly uninjured, are aboard a Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Lifeboat en route to Station Coos Bay, located in Charleston


MN100: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

The Company: Eastern’s original shipyard was established in 1976 for the purpose of constructing commercial fishing boats for the company’s founder and President, Brian R. D’Isernia. By 1980, 26 commercial fishing vessels had been constructed and delivered


U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,

International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference


VIKING, PVA Join Forces for New USCG Safety Compliancy

VIKING Americas VP, Al Osle

  Coastal vessel operators trying to come to terms with upgraded US Coast Guard regulations for survival craft have been helped along the way by VIKING at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami.  


USCG Responds to Pollution from Sunken Vessel

The 67-foot commercial fishing vessel Persistence floats at Westhaven Marina in Westport, Wash., after sinking at its pier and releasing a potential 250 gallons of diesel and 15 gallons of oil Dec. 6, 2015. Photo USCG

  Coast Guard, National Response Center and Washington State Department of Ecology personnel responded to oil pollution from a sunken 67-foot commercial vessel at Westhaven Marina near Grays Harbor, Wash., Sunday.  Responders from the Coast Guard Incident Management Division in Astoria


Critical Habitat for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

North Atlantic right whale mother and calf. Credit Christin Khan NOAA

Using new information not previously available, NOAA Fisheries is expanding critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales to cover its northeast feeding areas in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank region and southeast calving grounds from North Carolina to Florida.


Disabled Fishing Vessel Towed to Montauk

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers assisted in towing a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel after it became disabled Saturday about 50 nautical miles south of Shinnecock Inlet. Watchstanders at Sector Long Island Sound command center received notification at approximately 7 p.m


Safety Violations Halt Three Fishing Voyages

Three commercial fishing vessels operating throughout Puget Sound were ordered to return to port Wednesday after U.S. Coast Guard boarding teams discovered multiple safety violations.    Following the boardings, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Sector Puget Sound sent the three


First Ever At-sea Customs and Fisheries Boardings Conducted

Capt. Heidi Agle, commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa, presents a plaque to Chief of Cameroon Navy representative, Capt. Fru Fon Clement, chief of logistics at Naval Headquarters, during a closing ceremony for African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Cameroon March 11, 2016. Cameroon Navy, customs and fisheries worked with U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and civilian mariners aboard USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1), during the facilitated theater security cooperation initiative that ai

USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) and an embarked multinational law enforcement team, working with Cameroon Navy Ships Ntem (108) and Sanaga (109), conducted the first ever at-sea customs and fisheries boardings supported by Cameroon Navy. The Cameroon Navy vessels patrolled the entirety of the Cameroon


Fishing Vessel Owner, Captain Face Environmental Charges

Owner and captain of commercial fishing vessel indicted for clean water and ship pollution violations; defendants allegedly participated in and ordered the illegal discharge of bilge wastes over the course of several years   The owner and captain of the commercial F/V Native Sun


Fisherman Medevaced off Gloucester Coast

U.S. Coast Guard stock image

 A U.S. Coast Guard crew medevaced a 47-year-old fisherman suffering from chest pains off the coast of Gloucester, Mass.   Watchstanders at Sector Boston’s command center received the report at approximately 11:40 a.m. Wednesday from a crew member aboard the commercial fishing


Canada Invests $289 Mln in Harbor Improvements

Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced that the Government of Canada is investing $289 million in small craft harbors across the country in 2016-2017.   The announcement includes $32 million of the $149 million allocated to small craft harbors in


Tech & Design Solutions for Modern Workboats

“There is a cost implication for owners to comply with IMO Tier 3 and EPA Tier 4 requirements, which is causing an increase in engine prices of about 30 percent regarding Tier 4, which probably results in a five percent increase in total construction costs for U.S.-built tugs. In some countries such as Asia, with low labor costs, total costs can increase by 10 percent.” - Mike Fitzpatrick, President, Robert Allan Limited (Photo: Mike Zeft)

EPA Tier 4 regulations (for engines of 804 hp and higher) and propulsion advancements have many manufacturers and vessel designers changing course to adapt to new requirements and customer demands.   Jensen Maritime is designing a new 110-ft


New Zealand: Maritime Trade is Key

Photo: Maritime New Zealand

Globally, shipping is on the rise – already 80-90 percent of the world’s trade is by ship; that is more than 12 billion metric tons of goods annually, shipped by 1.5 million seafarers on 50,000 merchant ships. Without shipping, the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to






 
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