USCG Praises Foss Maritime for Safety, Compliance Leadership

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*+-Photo: Foss Enhanced Tractor Tug Lindsey Foss awaits a tanker in the Puget Sound courtesy Foss Maritime SEATTLE, WA, March 31, 2011 — U.S. Coast Guard admirals from commands in Puget Sound and the San Francisco Bay Area agree: When it comes to safety and compliance, Foss Maritime is an industry leader. The two U.S. […]

Pacific Maritime Association honors Foss’ outstanding safety record

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*+-A major maritime employer group has recognized the outstanding safety record of the Foss Maritime workers who tie up and release ships at Puget Sound ports. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) – whose members include key Foss customers – honored the company’s ongoing commitment to safety and accident prevention with four awards. Foremost was the […]

Deadliest Natural Resource – Oil, Coal or Nuclear?

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*+-Most are aware of the ecological problems with the “Big 3″ sources of global energy. Coal is by far the most polluting and nuclear is clean but carries cataclysmic possibilities – in relation to each most countries consider oil and, especially, natural gas to be our best options. But which industries are best for the workers? What about the maritime […]

SafeLink R10 SRS – Kannad Marine Launches Personal AIS-Based EPIRB

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*+-Kannad Marine will launch the SafeLink R10 SRS (Survivor Recovery System) at the Miami International Boat Show in conjunction with new US Distributor, Survitec Survival Products Inc., Booth No.1642.The SafeLink R10 SRS is a world-first personal AIS (Automatic Identification System) device, designed to be worn by individuals and activated to assist with recovery in a […]

Seagoing labor urges improved standards for self-defense against piracy, supports embarked military detachments for U.S. merchant vessels

*+-Responding to a request for comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s policy regarding rules for the use of force for self-defense of U.S.-flagged vessels, six U.S. seagoing unions – including American Maritime Officers – restated the suppression of piracy is a government responsibility best addressed by embarked U.S. military security detachments aboard U.S.-flagged merchant vessels. […]

World’s Deadliest Occupation – Safety And Preparation In The Dungeness Crab Fishery

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*+-The waters of the Pacific Northwest offer some of the most treacherous yet bountiful work opportunities in the world. Dungeness crab fleets hailing from Oregon and Washington state are among the world’s elite. The reward for their toils, however, often comes with a price. Commercial fishing is the deadliest occupation in the United States, and the Pacific […]

Lifeboat Safety Survey

*+-[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/5089338[/vimeo] Quick, Bob Couttie from Maritime Accident Casebook needs our help! MAC is carrying out a series of surveys among various industry stakeholders with regard to lifeboat safety. It is the first industry-wide survey of its kind. It will make a positive contribution to lifeboat safety and we hope you want to be a part […]

“EMILY” – The Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard

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*+-Continuing with our interest in safety equipment and the latest lifesaving technology, we were happy to stumble across this system that is currently being tested by lifeguards at Malibu’s Zuma Beach. Designed by Tony Mulligan of Hydronalix, the Emily – short for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard – is a remote controlled bouy system capable of […]

5 Lessons Learned From The Deepwater Horizon You Can Use Today To Keep Yourself Safe

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*+-The Deepwater Horizon tragedy teaches the general public and regulators about the safety culture in the offshore industry and the environmental risk associated with deepwater drilling.  As a seagoing professional, here are five things you can do to keep you safer while working at sea. Proximity And Preparedness The physical and mental state of the […]

Competition calls for innovative life jacket designs

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*+-Here at gCaptain.com, we are big proponents of safety in the workplace and often times for us professional mariners, that means reporting on technologies that are going to keep us alive should any of us hit the water.  We are always on the lookout for new and interesting items like PLB’s, man overboard alert devices, […]

USCG issues advisory on cell phone use

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*+-Recently, the USCG issued a Marine Safety Alert warning operators to have policies in place on the use of cells phones and other devices that may distract crew members from performing their job functions to the best of their ability.  In fact, the alert brings to mind a popular discussion on the gCaptain forum regarding […]