Welcome Aboard the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Program's home on the World Wide Web.
Visit the recently updated Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessels website. It can be viewed by clicking "CFV Homeport Homepage" at the menu bar on the top left of this page.
Information sharing regarding adequate safety training and effective educational tools can help meet the goal of reducing fatalities in the fishing community so that it is no more dangerous than any other segment of the maritime industry. A team of safety oriented and highly motivated individuals manages the program.
Homeport Hint: Use Key Words in the Search Box to locate your Fishing Vessel Related Subject [Example: (1) flyer ; (2) examiner; (3) hypothermia; (4) damage control; (5) stability; (6) EPIRB; (7) etc.]
Use the Commercial Fishing Vessel Checklist Generator (an Awesome tool) to find out what equipment your vessel is required to have onboard in order to successfully be issued a CFV Safety Decal. Begin by entering your vessel-specific information and upon completion, you have the ability to print out a list of the safety equipment that will be checked during a Dockside Safety Exam and/or Sea Boarding. Do so by clicking the CHECKLIST GENERATOR link below provided by Coast Guard District 13:
To schedule a commercial fishing vessel safety exam click the "Local Examiners" link located on the upper left of this page.
*NOTE: IN THE EVENT YOU EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES SCHEDULING A DOCKSIDE SAFETY EXAM, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR REQUEST TO: CGCVC3@uscg.mil
To learn more about stability, please click the "STABILITY EDUCATION" link below brought to you by Coast Guard District 13:
The Coast Guard has Terminated Its 2MHZ Watchkeeping. Click the 2MHZ link below for further information:
USCG & MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT of 2012
Signed by the President on December 20, 2012
The U.S. Code Sections amending the USCG Authorization Act of 2010 can be viewed by clicking HERE.
SECTIONS AFFECTING COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSEL SAFETY
Section 305: DOCKSIDE EXAMINATIONS
Section 701: DISTANT WATER TUNA FLEET
CLICK TO VIEW A REVISED SUMMARY OF THE NEW SAFETY REQUIREMENTS THAT WERE ESTABLISHED AND MANDATED BY THE 2010 COAST GUARD AUTH ACT AND AS AMENDED BY THE COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT OF 2012
signed by the President on October 15, 2010
Directly link into HOMEPORT to view the contents of the USCG Authorization Act. The U.S. Code
Sections affecting Commercial Fishing Vessels, as revised by the USCG Authorization Act, have
been updated and can be viewed by clicking HERE.
SECTIONS AFFECTING COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSEL SAFETY
Section 604: FISHING VESSEL SAFETY
Section 608: SAFE OPERATIONS AND EQUIPMENT STANDARDS
Section 619: LIFE SAVING DEVICES ON UNINSPECTED VESSELS
Section 904: MANNING REQUIREMENTS (Distant Water Tuna Fleet)
Plans for a Fall 2014 Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC) meeting are currently being developed.
The USCG 2014 application period for seven membership positions on the CFAC is now open. Click FEDERAL REGISTER link for details.
Click 2014 CFSAC membership to see who is on the Advisory Committee.
To view a summary of the 2013 Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee meeting or information regarding the Advisory Committee please Click Here to link to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Database.
Click here to view the list of current CFSAC members
FOR FURTHER INFO CONTACT:
Mr. Jack Kemerer, Alternate Designated Federal Official (ADFO) of CFSAC
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
2100 Second Street SW, Mail Stop 7581
Washington, D.C. 20593-7581
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES:
TUNA FLEET (DWTF) VESSELS
The Coast Guard announces the availability of Office of Vessel Activities Policy Letter 13-04 regarding Distant Water Tuna Fleet vessels manning exemption eligibility and safety requirements. This policy clarifies the requirements to allow a distant water tuna fleet vessel to engage foreign citizens under a manning exemption.
This policy became effective on March, 1, 2014.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Jonathan Wendland, USCG at 202-372-1245
or via email:
WAIVER OF CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS FOR
CREWMEMBERS ON COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSELS
Commercial fishing vessle regulations describing the procedures for requesting
and processing waivers of citizenship requirements can be found by clickng 46 CFR Subpart I
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. David Belliveau, USCG at 202-372-1247
or via email: David.J.Belliveau@uscg.mil
USCG POLICY LETTER 11-11:
ENGINEER OFFICER ENDORSEMENTS ON UNINSPECTED
COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY VESSELS
"The purpose of this policy letter is to summarize and clarify references as they pertain to
Engineering Officers on Uninspected Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels. There have
been misinterpretations of 46CFR15.820(b) in regards to who must hold an appropriately
endorsed license or Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) authorizing service as a chief engineer
on uninspected commercial fishing vessels. The various grades and types of endorsements
acceptable for engineers employed on uninspected commercial fishing industry vessels can be
confusing, particularly when attempting to cross-reference the requirements in the U.S. Code or
the regulations in 46 CFR. To provide guidance in their application, terms of reference and answers
to questions are provided in Enclosure (1) of this policy letter. This policy letter does not discuss
STCW endorsements because fishing vessels, including fishing vessels which operate as fish
processing vessels. This policy letter does not discuss STCW endorsements because fishing vessels,
including fishing vessels which operate as fish processing vessels or fish tenders, are exempt
in accordance with 46CFR11.202(g)."
FCC ENFORCMENT ADVISORIES:
ENFORCEMENT BUREAU REMINDS BOATERS OF EMERGENCY BEACONS & MARINE RADIO RULES
The Enforcement Bureau intends
to strictly enforce the Rules related to marine operations. Ensuring the integrity of safety and distress
frequencies is vital to safeguarding lives and property."
SPECIAL NOTICES & MARINE SAFETY ALERTS:
OVERLOADED LIFTING GEAR ON FISHING VESSELS
"This alert serves to remind all fishing vessel owners/operators and other fishing
segments to ensure safe use of the haul equipment particularly matching the size
and capacity of the winch/haul/hoist equipment, taking into account safety factors for
various species, and other concerns such as the variable platform that a rolling fishing
vessel and variable catch present.
PROVIDING CPR- NO TIME TO WASTE
"This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to the international maritime community that
when it is necessary to provide a patient Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) there
is simply no time to waste. Every second which passes affects the patient's chance of survival."
MARINERS SAFETY ENDANGERED: WHEN VHF RADIO DISTRESS ALERTS BY
DIGITAL SELECTIVE CALLING (DSC) LACK LOCATION AND ID INFORMATION
"As the Coast Guard's new marine radio network Rescue 21 becomes operational throughout
the U.S., rescue centers can now recieve instant distress alerts from commonly used DSC-
capable VHF marine radios. However, approximately 90% of VHF DSC distress alerts received
by the USCG do not contain position information, and approximately 60% do not contain
a registered identity. The Coast Guard cannot effectively respond to a DSC
distress alert sent from a such a radio"
DSC-EQUIPPED MARINE RADIOS MUST MEET MORE RIGOROUS TECHNICAL
STANDARDS BEGINNING MARCH 25, 2011
"Beginning on March 25th, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission will prohibit the
manufacture, importation, sale and installation of fixed mounted (non-portable) digital selective
calling (DSC) equipped marine radios that do not meet the requirements of
International Telecommunications Union (ITU-R) Recommendation M.493-11 or higher,
and in the case of Class D VHF DSC equipment only, International Electrotechnical
Commission (IEC) International Standard 62238. Therefore, after March 25, 2011,
radios built to RTCM Standard SC-101 can no longer be manufactured, imported, sold
or installed; however, previously-installed radios meeting the older standard may continue to bue used."
ETHANOL & BIODIESEL FUEL FACT SHEET:
In order to encourage good marine practice the USCG has provided a
fact sheet to help vessel owners/operators make informed decisions
regarding the use of fuel alternatives. Improper fuel use onboard
motor vessels can potentially lead to engine failure and subsequent vessel casualties.
The Coast Guard urges vessel owners and operators to
evaluate their fuel selection for the safety of their vessels and crew.
WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE REPORT:
"Validating Safety on Commercial Fishing Vessels"
In the Fall of 2010, three knowledgable undergraduate students from the
Worcester Polytechnic Institute worked diligently alongside
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Commercial Fishing Vessel (CFV) Safety staff to
construct a report regarding CFV safety
WPI Report's Abstract:
"In 2004, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
co-signed the Memorandum of Agreement on Observer Safety. This document aims to improve the at-sea safety
of National Marine Fisheries Service observers who regularly document catch on commercial fishing vessels.
Through data analyses and interviews, we determined whether or not the expectations
of the agreement have been met. Results of this project will potentially assist the
USCG in continuing their mission of improving marine safety."
Alternate Compliance and Safety Agreement Program
The fleet previously known as "Head & Gut" have been renamed "Bering Sea/Aleutian Island (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) cod freezer longliner and non-pollock freezer trawler fleets."
Guidance on these vessels can be found by clicking here.
USCG POLICY LETTER 12-01: Alternate Compliance and Safety Agreement (ACSA) Program
Purpose: This letter provides updated guidance to Districts, Sectors, and Marine Safety Units regarding vessels enrolled in the Alternate Compliance and Safety Agreement (ACSA) Program. It applies specifically to vessel exempted from classification or load line requirements under authority of Title 46 United States Code (USC), Section 4506 or Section 5108. It does not address the alternate safety compliance program mandated under 46 USC 4503. To view this document click here.
U.S. COAST GUARD PROCEEDINGS MAGAZINE:
FISHING VESSEL SAFETY EDITION
Current Issue: Winter 2010-11
In This Issue:
-Commercial Fishing Industry Reports-
-Lessons Learned from Casualty Reports-
FREE SAFETY TRAINING DVD FROM NIOSH/AMSEA
MAN OVERBOARD: PREVENTION AND RECOVERY
NIOSH, AMSEA, & Alaska Sea Grant have teamed up to create this safety training DVD to help prevent
and respond to man overboard events. It features interviews with man overboard survivors and explains
ways of successfully recovering a person in the water in a timely manner. On behalf of NIOSH/CDC, the USCG is
offering this safety DVD as well as "The Most Powerful Thing...Decks Safety Awareness for Purse Seiners" at no cost.
To order one or both of these safety training DVD's, please fill out the request form HERE.
NPFVOA: SAFETY & SURVIVAL DVD
The NPFVOA Vessel Safety Program has recently updated its "Safety & Survival" DVD.
The newly released version is currently available and can be previewed by
visiting www.npfvoa.org (click on "Watch Preview"). For more information on how
to purchase a copy please call 206-285-3383 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANALYSIS OF FISHING VESSEL CASUALTIES
"A REVIEW OF LOST FISHING VESSELS AND CREW FATALITIES, 1992- 2010"
Analysis of the casualty data is presented in two parts: vessel losses, and crew fatalities.
Each part begins with overall summaries and descriptive statistics, and then a more detailed
"drill down" analysis is provided on the data. For each of the two groupings, the broad based
information was examined in increasing detail, in order to focus on the most significant factors
involved in these fishing vessel incidents. For the nineteen-year period from 1992 through 2010,
there were 2,072 lost vessels and 1,055 fatalities. Of those fatalities, 564 occured at the same
time a vessel was lost. Overall, this is an average of 109 lost vessels and 56 fatalities per year.
Falls Overboard 2000 - 2012 & New PFDs
New PFDs are light, comfortable, and minimize snag hazards. Clich "JUST WEAR IT" to read more.
USCG LIGHT LIST & OTHER NAVIGATION INFO
Click "LIGHT LIST" to go to the USCG navigation center web page.
Click on the icon/picture to view that particular document:
Click HERE to download a copy of the Federal Requirements for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels which contains essential regulatory information for vessel owners and operators. Also available at: hhtp://homeport.uscg.mil/federalrequirementsCFV2009
Disclaimer - NOTICE
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