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Port Security: Good News, Bad News, No News at All
GAO Weighs in on DHS Progress and Challenges in Key Areas of Port Security

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe by Jocelyn Redfern on 12/1/2010 10:08:23 AM | with 0 comments


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Distracted Operations: Don't let it be you!
United States Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Marine Safety Advisory 01-10 October 29, 2010 Washington, DC

Posted to USCG Safety Advisory by Jocelyn Redfern on 10/29/2010 3:20:04 PM | with 0 comments


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It has been reported that, about two months ago, the Suez Canal Authority began enforcing a prohibition on merchant vessels transiting the Canal with firearms on board. A vessel with weapons is now required to hand them over to Egyptian authorities, who then cause the firearms to be driven to the other end of the Canal, where the guns are returned to the ship.



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U.S. Coast Guard: Cherry-Picking is Not an Option
STCW Convention protocol to be followed to the letter, says Jeffrey Lantz, Director of National and International Standards. DHS provides clarification on a number of issues. The future of MERPAC, other industry advisory committees and U.S. training protocols still remains cloudy.



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Fundraising Drive to Support Families of Guardians in Helicopter Tragedy
The Coast Guard Foundation has announced a fundraising drive for its emergency Family Disaster Relief Fund in response to the July 7th helicopter crash that claimed the lives of three servicemen.



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A Sea Change for the Coast Guard
The recent change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard signaled more than just a routine change of leadership. ADM Robert J. Papp’s term as Commandant will probably involve much more than that. That’s not necessarily good news for everyone, but it could mean real change within the most visible division within the DHS.



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Recently in the Florida Keys, the standing rigging of a 60’ inspected passenger carrying sailing catamaran failed, causing its rotating wing spar mast to collapse. Evidence suggests that the port shroud parted where it exits a swageless mechanical end fitting located on the upper mast at a common shrouds/stay connection. Although there were a number of passengers onboard at the time there were no resultant injuries.

Posted to Riding the Waves by Bruce L. Perri on 11/18/2009 9:04:09 AM | with 0 comments


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U. S.  Coast Guard Auxiliary Mustang Survival Gear
Perri Marine Sales now carries Mustang Survival Gear, for Auxiliarsts of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Posted to Riding the Waves by Bruce L. Perri on 11/6/2009 11:00:00 AM | with 0 comments


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SMALL FIRE / IMPORTANT LESSONS This document presents recent lessons learned resulting from a casualty investigation and may be useful to vessel owners and operators in addition to marine inspection personnel.

Posted to Riding the Waves by Bruce L. Perri on 10/16/2009 7:09:54 PM | with 0 comments


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Progress on ballast water management
USCG issues ballast water NPRM

Posted to Maritime Musings by Dennis Bryant on 8/28/2009 6:18:00 AM | with 0 comments


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