CG Stops 4 Unsafe Passenger Vessels

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Boarding team members from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown stopped four unsafe passenger vessels operating on the Crystal River, Fla., and in the vicinity of Homosassa, Fla., Dec. 29, through Dec. 31, 2008.

During random safety boardings, crewmembers discovered two commercial vessels operated by Stadt Aquatic Adventures operating with more than their maximum allowable passengers. Additionally, Yankeetown crews discovered that the captain of the second vessel failed to properly report a marine casualty involving one of its main engines. The Coast Guard terminated both voyages for the safety infractions and will seek civil penalties against Stadt Aquatic Adventures. The Coast Guard will also pursue action to suspend the captains’ licenses for failing to comply with proper safety procedures.

Two commercial passenger vessels were boarded in Homosassa, Wednesday, by a boarding team from Station Yankeetown and were also found to be operating in an unsafe manner. The first vessel was operating with more than its six allowable passengers and without the required number of fire extinguishers and personal floatation devices. Additionally, the operator was not enrolled in a drug-testing program as required by federal law. The second vessel was also cited for operating with more than its six allowable passengers and failing to have a drug-testing program. Both voyages were terminated and the Coast Guard will seek civil penalties and suspension of the operator’s licenses.

"Coast Guard regulations require all commercial inspected vessels carrying more than six passengers to successfully pass a rigorous safety inspection to obtain a Certificate of Inspection," said Coast Guard Lt. Matt Dooris, Sector St. Petersburg senior investigating officer. "The safety certificate attests to the vessel’s compliance with established structural stability, lifesaving, firefighting and navigational standards, as well as safe operating conditions and crew competencies."

The Coast Guard, in concert with state and local partners, actively investigates all reports of unsafe passenger vessel operations, imposing civil or criminal penalties where appropriate. Mariners who anticipate being a passenger on a vessel carrying more than six paying passengers, should ensure the vessel has satisfactorily passed a Coast Guard safety inspection before the voyage. To verify that this requirement has been satisfied, ask to see the vessel’s Certificate of Inspection, or Coast Guard Safety decal aboard the vessel.

Owners and operators who want to carry more than six paying passengers must receive a Coast Guard safety inspection by the local Officer In Charge of Marine Inspection.

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Passenger Vessels

3rd Officer at helm when ferry capsized - Investigator

The third officer was at the helm of a South Korean ferry when it capsized on Wednesday with 475 people on board, an investigating prosecutor told a news conference on Friday,

Obama Offers US Aid to S.Korea Following Ferry Accident

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the South Korean ferry sinking and said the U.S. military will provide

S.Korean Ferry Master Faces Investigation

The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized off the southwest coast was facing a criminal investigation on Thursday, an official said, amid unconfirmed

Coast Guard

Coast Guard tactical air squadron holds change of command ceremony

Capt. Kevin P. Gavin relieved Capt. Donna L. Cottrell as commanding officer of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville during a change of command ceremony at HITRON Friday.

Homeland Security Secretary Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division apprises it has hosted a visit by Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Rep.

Stranded Virginia Beach Bulker Salvage Plan Set

The Coast Guard advises it is in the final stages of reviewing a salvage plan that is scheduled to begin Friday morning to move the 751-foot bulk carrier, 'Ornak',

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction 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: 0.1001 sec (10 req/sec)