Reduced Cost (FREE) – AMSEA Commercial Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Course

Good Day,   Drill Conductors Safety Course to be held at NOAA Fisheries Laboratory, 3500 Delwood Dr., Panama City Beach, FL.  Register online or call AMSEA at (907) 747-3287. The cost for the class is $FREE for commercial fishermen, thanks to support from the U.S. Coast Guard and NIOSH.  This course will fulfill the U.S. Coast Guard requirement; 46 CFR 28.270 […]

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Forum on Commercial Fishing Vessel Classification Standards

This e-mail is to inform you about a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Engagement on Commercial Fishing Vessel Classification Standards-code 100955. This engagement is in response to a congressional mandate in Section 318 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 and includes the following key questions: 1) What national and regional trends, if any, emerge from the rates […]

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Coast Guard Issues New Strategy for Alternate Safety Compliance Program

Today the Coast Guard issued a new Marine Safety Information Bulletin substantially revising their plans for future development and implementation of the Alternate Safety Compliance Program for older commercial fishing vessels. Please click the following link to view the Marine Safety Information Bulletin: http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Marine-Safety-Information-Bulletin-011_16-13-July-16-ASCP-Update-.pdf SSA strongly encourages all owners/operators of commercial shrimp fishing vessels greater than 50 ft LOA built prior […]

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Coast Guard Bill Passes- Important Progress Made for US Shrimp Fleet

With the passage by the House of Representatives of a Senate amendment this week, Congress has now competed its action on the 2015 Coast Guard authorization bill HR 4188. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law (enacted). Link to Bill Text: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr4188eas/pdf/BILLS-114hr4188eas.pdf This bill is the product of extensive and intensive negotiations within […]

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August 18, 2015 Updated CFVS Mandatory Exam Letter to Fishing Industry Vessel Owners and Operators

In accordance with the Congressional Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012, mandatory Dockside Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (CFVS) Exams are starting October 15, 2015 and will need to be renewed once every 5 years.  Also, survival crafts that ensure no part of an individual is immersed in water will be […]

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FREE – AMSEA Commercial Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Course

This is a notification for a Drill Conductors Safety Course to be held in Palm Harbor, FL.  This course will fulfill the U.S. Coast Guard requirement; 46 CFR 28.270 – Instruction, Drills, and Safety Orientation for documented vessels operating beyond the boundary line (12nm on the Gulf of Mexico). § 28.270Instruction, drills, and safety orientation. (a)Drills and instruction. The master […]

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Making Progress on Relief for Shrimp Vessels

Today the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee adopted two of the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s legislative priorities–   1) Repeal of the current statutory requirement for any newly built commercial fishing vessel greater than 50 ft. LOA operating beyond 3 nm to be designed, constructed and maintained according to the standards of a classification society, and to be certified […]

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Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Changes

Good Afternoon,   I just received a notice from Head Quarters on some of the pending changes that were passed into law by Congress for the Coast Guard.  These changes were made in the U.S. COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION ACT of 2010 and then Amended in the USCG & MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT of 2012.  This notice will address the portions of […]

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US Coast Guard Regulations

      Below is the first step to moving toward the US Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 for fishing vessels:   Starting October 16th all Commercial Fishing Vessels that operate beyond 3nm of the baseline will have to have a current safety decal to operate or risk a violation.  Key words for your information; the standards are based on EXISTING […]

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