Category Archive: Safety

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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FISH SAFE – Winch safety study identifies crew hazards

by Ann Backus –

Jan. 27 will mark five years since 53-year-old Bill Meldrum died off the coast of New Jersey aboard the 65′ Lydia … 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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FISH SAFE – Lady Mary report offers sobering lessons

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by Ann Backus –

It’s been nearly four-and-a-half years since the March 24, 2009 sinking of the Cape May, NJ-based Lady Mary and the loss … 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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FISH SAFE: Take steps to avoid accidental EPIRB activations

by Ann Backus –

Whether you fish commercially for lobsters, scallops, groundfish, or other species, you probably own an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).  … 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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FISH SAFE – Follow mariner’s ‘three rules’ to avoid storms

by Ann Backus –

Early in June, Andrea, the first tropical storm of the season, slammed into Florida and then proceeded up the East Coast … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Electrical systems – Vent, ground, protect to prevent onboard fires

by Fred Mattera –

Faulty or compromised electrical systems are a primary source of engine room fires.  These fires are often exceedingly hot, allowing you … Read the rest

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Know, maintain, register your EPIRB

by Fred Mattera –

EPIRB requirements apply to all commercial fishing vessels operating more than three nautical miles from the coast of the US.  Vessels … Read the rest

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