Category Archive: Safe Boat – Smart Boat

SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Time to grasp an understanding of new USCG safety requirements

In this month’s column, and a second installment to come in our next issue, I want to address the implementation of new requirements for commercial … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Update on fishing vessel safety requirements

On Dec. 20, 2012, President Obama signed the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (CGMTA).  This law made some significant changes to the … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Simple steps to avoid bad but common mistakes

Originally printed – October 2011

He was fairly new to trawling and he made a bad mistake.  Maybe it was a lack of sleep or … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Abandoning ship-Surviving aboard the raft

Wrapping up this three-part series on abandoning ship, let’s focus on surviving aboard the life raft.  Immediately after abandoning ship and gaining shelter in the … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Abandoning ship – Boarding the life raft

The crew made a mad dash for the life raft but wasn’t successful.  The flames and heat were far too intense.  The fire had started … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART BOAT: Abandoning ship – A step-by-step approach

Even for the most self-sufficient fishing vessel, the possibility of a disabling mishap at sea due to a storm, grounding, collision, mechanical failure, or some … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: PFDs, grappling with fishing’s ‘safety culture’

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by Fred Mattera – 

During safety training sessions in December and January each year, I break out the “Cold Water Boot Camp USA” DVD.  It’s … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Station bills – Know your job in an emergency

by Fred Mattera

During a recent simulated engine room fire drill, I observed a seasoned crewman, someone who has been engaged in safety drills for … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Inspection, maintenance – Follow a schedule

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by Fred Mattera –

It is the responsibility of the captain and crew to inspect and maintain all vessel systems constantly.  For me, a checklist … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Electrical systems – Batteries, cables, safety

by Fred Mattera –

Batteries are an integral power source on fishing vessels.  They provide power to the vast majority of our pilothouse electronics and … Read the rest

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