The operation, which consisted of examinations conducted by Coast Guard marine inspectors, is part of a larger effort by the Coast Guard to ensure that Uninspected Towing Vessels are safely operated. In order to minimize industry disruptions, the exams were conducted while the UTV’s were either dockside or underway.
This operation consisted of conducting examinations of UTVs within Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur’s Area of Responsibility which covers from High Island, Texas, to 47 miles east of the Calcasieu Locks.
Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur and Lake Charles results were as follows:
Number of UTVs examined dockside or on the water: 86
Number company audits: 3
Number of vessels found with deficiencies: 4
Total number of vessels reviewed in audits: 90