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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Cargo ship, bulk carrier damaged in Sabine Pass collision

Cargo ship, bulk carrier damaged in Sabine Pass collision

(PORT ARTHUR, Texas) — A general cargo ship collided with a bulk carrier in Sabine Pass on Sunday, significantly damaging both vessels, Port Technology reported. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the cargo ship Damgracht was inbound from Italy transporting a cargo of cement when the incident occurred. The Croatian bulk carrier AP Revelin was outbound from Port Arthur. There…
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NMC reminder: Direct submission of medical certificate applications

NMC reminder: Direct submission of medical certificate applications

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The U.S. Coast Guard has an established option for submission of medical certificate applications (CG-719K and CG-719K/E forms). Mariners may submit "medical certificate only" applications directly to the National Maritime Center (NMC). Regional examination centers will accept medical certificate application submissions as well, but, for faster processing, it is recommended to submit a CG-719K or CG-719K/E directly…
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Fishermen killed in collision with cutter off Puerto Rico

Fishermen killed in collision with cutter off Puerto Rico

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Winslow Griesser and a commercial fishing vessel were involved in a collision Monday afternoon, approximately 4 nautical miles north of Dorado, Puerto Rico. Following the collision, the crew of Winslow Griesser recovered the two fishermen aboard the 23-foot Desakata, identified as Carlos Rosario, who was fatally injured, and his brother…
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