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 By USCG    Boating    August 1, 2021


They reveal how the pandemic affected boating in ways just beginning to be understood. The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, and reports of accidents,... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    March 1, 2021

Boating Season Begins

All vessels except sailboards and certain racing shells or rowing sculls must have at least one wearable Type I, II, III or V life jacket (PFD) that is U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved and of the... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    January 1, 2021

Boat Survey For Safety

National Boating Safety Survey shapes local, national safety policy. An all-encompassing report on recreational boating activity in the U.S. is giving the U.S. Coast Guard, policymakers and the boatin... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    December 1, 2019

Marine Safety Alert

Does your Towing Safety Management System know? Recently, an investigation of a towing vessel marine casualty (loss of propulsion) revealed several gaps in the implementation of the vessel’s Towing S... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    June 1, 2019

Cyber Incident Exposes Potential Vulnerabilities Onboard Commercial Vessels

In February 2019, a deep draft vessel on an international voyage bound for the Port of New York and New Jersey reported that they were experiencing a significant cyber incident impacting their shipboa... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    May 1, 2019

Boating Safety

Boatyards, marinas and clubs are waking up after a long winter's nap, and boaters have begun preparing their vessels for the season. While the boat needs to be looked at and readied for a summer of... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    March 1, 2019

United States Coast Guard Findings of Concern 006-19

Purpose. The U.S. Coast Guard issues Findings of Concern (FoC) to disseminate information related to unsafe conditions that investigators identified as causal factors in a casualty and could... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    May 1, 2017

Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation Services

United States Coast Guard Headquarters Inspections and Compliance Directorate, Washington, DC May 16, 2017 - Safety Advisory 01-17 The U.S. Coast Guard's National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC),... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    February 1, 2017

Comprehensive Recreational Powerboat Education 'How-To' Manual Now Available

The U.S. Coast Guard's National On-Water Standards (NOWS) Program grant management team and the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) are pleased to announce the release of a new comprehensive... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    January 1, 2017

The Best Laid Plans for Safety

January 3, 2017 - Safety Alert 1-17 Recently, while a bulk carrier was at anchor off the coast of Texas, a crewmember that could not swim was put over the rail in a Bosun's Chair to paint the... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    April 1, 2016

Urgent Kannad Safelink EPIRB Recall

Kannad Marine has issued a recall of all SAFELINK EPIRBs due to a possible defect that could result in the beacon not operating in emergency situations. If you own or use a SAFELINK EPIRB automatic or... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    February 1, 2016

Coast Guard Again (And Always) Urges Boaters To Wear Lifejackets

Over the course of the past weeks, the Coast Guard has responded to multiple cases along the Gulf of Mexico where people in distress were not wearing lifejackets. Life Jackets should be used with any... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    January 1, 2016

On-Water American National Standard Established For Recreational-Boating Instruction

The U.S. Coast Guard’s National On-Water Standards (NOWS) grant management team and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) is pleased to announce the approval and publication EDU-1 On-Water Power Stan... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    January 1, 2016

Don't Fear, Steer Clear Of Dredging Equipment Hazards

This safety alert reminds recreational boaters and commercial vessel operators to use caution when operating their vessels near areas where dredging operations may be taking place. There have been too... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    December 1, 2015

Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel Oil & Compliance With MARPOL Requirements

This safety alert updates Safety Alert 2-15, dated March 3, 2015, by adding two additional recommendations highlighted in red. The Coast Guard has confirmed several reports it has received stating... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    November 1, 2015

Another Reminder

The Coast Guard rescued two people recently after their boat reportedly capsized from a ship's wave north of the Texas City dike near the Houston Ship Channel. A Good Samaritan called Sector... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    November 1, 2015

Navigation Lights

The U.S. Coast Guard is concerned about the sale and availability of unapproved recreational and commercial vessel navigation lights. Purchasers of such lighting should be aware replacement lighting m... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    November 1, 2015

Dried Not Fried

Owners and operators of vessels employing large laundry operations and extra-large-capacity drying machines are warned of the potential fire hazards this equipment poses. They are also encouraged to... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    November 1, 2015

Picked Up Pickup

The maritime industry and specifically waterfront facilities can present some unusual hazards to those who perform the wide array and variety of work associated with the business of shipping. To illus... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    October 1, 2015

Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program Update

This bulletin provides an update on aspects of the Coast Guard's Ballast Water Management (BWM) program. It includes guidance to comply with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151,... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    September 1, 2015

Happy 225th Birthday, United States Coast Guard

Today we pay tribute to your past. I am even more excited about your future. As your service Secretary, I have had the first-hand privilege to support and witness the recapitalization of the Coast... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    September 1, 2015

Going 'Virtual': How Do You Want Your Aids To Navigation?

For recreational boaters, the waterway signposts known as aids to navigation are critical for a safe journey. But, what if an aid to navigation (ATON) such as a floating buoy marking the edge a... Full story

 By USCG    Watersports    August 1, 2015

Parasailing - Flight Safety and Rules

Last summer, there were two incidents where aircraft towing banners (banner tows) collided with parasail rigs aloft that were being towed by small passenger vessels. Fortunately, there were no... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    May 15, 2015

Secured For Sea Or Not

This safety alert serves to remind vessel operators and company technical managers of the importance of proper ship's anchor use, stowage, and maintenance. Anchor windlass brakes, riding pawls, and... Full story

 By USCG    Boating    May 15, 2015

Fire Extinguishing Systems Ready

This Safety Alert is being issued due to recent safety concerns discovered on vessels with fixed CO2 fire fighting systems. It is critical that operators of vessels with fixed CO2 systems are... Full story


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