NTSB plans public meeting on cause of SEACOR Power capsizing

NTSB plans public meeting on cause of SEACOR Power capsizing

(WASHINGTON) — On Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a virtual public board meeting to determine the probable cause for the 2021 capsizing of the liftboat SEACOR Power. The board will discuss these four safety issues: • Gaps in forecasting and communications of weather events. • Operation and stability of restricted-service liftboats…
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Lessons learned: NTSB’s Safer Seas Digest 2021

Lessons learned: NTSB’s Safer Seas Digest 2021

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its Safer Seas Digest 2021, which highlights the most important lessons learned from marine investigations last year. Safer Seas Digest 2021 details the lessons learned from 31 maritime tragedies involving capsizings, contact, collisions, fires, flooding and groundings. Among the investigations included in the report are the sinking of Scandies Rose,…
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Coast Guard Foundation activates disaster relief program

Coast Guard Foundation activates disaster relief program

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, has activated its emergency disaster relief program to provide assistance to Coast Guard members and their families impacted by Hurricane Ian. Hurricane Ian brought massive flooding and wind damage to the Southeast United States and will…
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Study calls for Pacific ‘fairways’ for safer navigation

Study calls for Pacific ‘fairways’ for safer navigation

(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The U.S. Coast Guard is requesting public comment on the draft Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study (PAC-PARS). This is the first comprehensive evaluation of vessel traffic patterns in waters off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. A Federal Register notice of availability for the draft PAC-PARS has been opened for comment. Comments and related materials…
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Safety alert: Hidden corrosion on deck fittings

Safety alert: Hidden corrosion on deck fittings

(WASHINGTON) — A recent marine casualty that resulted in a severe injury to a crewmember on board a U.S.-flagged cargo vessel brought to light a dangerous and potentially fatal situation involving D-ring lifting points. While positioning a removable hatch cover on the vessel, three of the four D-ring securing straps failed, causing an uncontrolled snapback of the lifting sling assembly…
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