The UK Coast Guard has issued kill cord safety advice, after two men were thrown from their speedboat in the afternoon hours of 12 July. The kill cord, as the name suggests, is designed to ‘kill’ a boat engine, in case the driver goes overboard.
On the occasion of the UK’s first Maritime Safety Week, the British Ports Association has called for new legislation to introduce alcohol limits for non-professional mariners, replicating the rules that already exist for commercial ships in British waters.
Old life-jackets with kapok filling or cotton straps are unsafe and likely to fail when used, warned Maritime New Zealand’s General Manager Maritime Compliance, Kenny Crawford, noting that these old life-jackets should be replaced as soon as possible with modern foam-filled or inflatable life-jackets.
On 31 October 2017, the UK registered and commercially operated yacht ‘CV24’ ran aground on Cape Peninsula, South Africa. CV24 was abandoned and the crew was rescued uninjured. There was no pollution and the wreck was subsequently disposed of locally. UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the incident.
Recently, USCG terminated the voyage of a yacht after found to violate several regulations governing the operation of commercial passenger vessels, including carrying more passengers. USCG says this highlights the need for continued coordination between the Coast Guard, the passenger vessel industry, and local law enforcement.
The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 35-foot pleasure craft ‘Catviar’, near Fisher Island, after two people from the vessel were rescued from the water by a good Samaritan, on Saturday. The owner and operator of the ‘Catviar’ faces maximum civil penalties amounting to $41,546 for this illegal passenger for hire operation.
USCG, Miami-Dade Fire Department and Fast Response Marine Towing and Salvage rescued 10 people, including five minors, from the water near Nixon Beach, on Saturday. At approximately 7:21 p.m., Miami-Dade dispatch sent USCG watchstanders a report of 10 people in the water from a capsized 20-foot pleasure craft.
The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 65-foot pleasure yacht Zenith at Sea Isle Marina, as it discovered several safety issues and environmental concerns, which included the carriage of more paying passengers than they were certified to carry onboard the vessel. The boarding was conducted after the yacht allided with the Venetian Causeway Bridge earlier that day.
The US Coast Guard located a motor vessel with 49 people onboard after one of the passengers called 911 reporting her concerns that the operator had become disoriented in heavy fog off of Navy Pier near the Chicago Harbor breakwall, on Saturday, June 9. The master of the vessel was issued a violation for negligent operations and for operating without the required navigation lights.
A US Coast Guard helicopter and boat crews rescued six people from a sinking vessel 12 miles southeast of Channel Islands Harbor, on Sunday, June 10. There were no reported injuries and all six boaters were reunited at Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor. The mariners were prepared to abandon ship with life jackets on.
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