USCG Aims to Make Commercial Fishing Safer

Friday, November 12, 1999
Aimed at making one of the nation's most hazardous industries safer, the USCG unveiled a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (CFVS) Action Plan. This Action Plan was developed with extensive input from the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee (CFIVAC) and incorporated recommendations generated from the Advisory Committee and from a USCG Task Force, which investigated the tragic loss of five vessels and 11 lives, earlier in the year. The Action Plan calls for several short-term actions to take place prior to the winter fishing season, as well as eight long-term initiatives aimed at institutionalizing across-the-bard safety standards. Short-term actions will increase USCG presence on fishing docks with the goal of greater face-to-face interaction between fishermen and the USCG. The USCG conducts voluntary dockside examinations of commercial fishing vessels in order to ensure all required safety equipment is on board and maintained properly. These voluntary exams have proven to be an effective tool in reducing risk and loss of life; however, less than six percent of the commercial fishing fleet annually take advantage of these no-cost safety examinations. The long-term safety initiatives include: · Improve the validation of emergency preparedness drills to ensure crews are capable of responding to emergencies at sea; · Enhance watertight integrity and vessel stability requirements to reduce vessel sinkings and capsizings; · Refine accident investigation and analysis to better pinpoint causes; · Develop outreach programs to foster greater communication between the USCG and commercial fishermen; · Coordinate fishery management policies with safety practices in mind; · Ensure safety equipment requirements for fishing vessels are consistent with environmental exposure and risk; · Develop a program for required periodic dockside vessel safety examinations similar to the current voluntary program; and · Develop a training program for optimizing safe operations by fishermen at sea. The USCG intends to pursue these last two initiatives using a "new, non-traditional approach" to solve the difficult problem of crew training and vessel controls. The focus on the fishing industry will be to reduce "risk" of personnel, vessel condition and safety gear deficiencies that contribute most to vessel losses and deaths.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Port of Vancouver CEO Coleman to Step Down

Todd Coleman, CEO of Port of Vancouver USA, step down from his position May 19, after 15 years with the port.   Coleman, a Professional Engineer, began his career with the port in 2001,

Jensen Debuts New Tractor Tug Design

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and engineering firm, Jensen Maritime, reports it has designed a new tractor tug for Vessel Chartering

Elandra Yachts Expands, Launches Finishing Department

Elandra Yachts has added another layer of craftsmanship to its boat-building operation with the launch of a new in-house paint department at the Gold Coast plant,

Legal

OMB - Subchapter M Cleared for Publication

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the draft final rule entitled Inspection of Towing Vessels, also known as "Subchapter M." The

Tanker Departs Libya Empty amid Political Crisis

A tanker that an oil company set up by Libya's eastern government prevented from loading has left the eastern port of Marsa el-Hariga, a port official said on Wednesday.

Maersk Mulls Acquisitions after Surprising Profit

Fragmented sector chasing alliances to cut costs; Maersk has plenty of cash for deals - CEO. A.P. Moller-Maersk returned to profit at its main container shipping business in the first quarter,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0977 sec (10 req/sec)