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Safety Tips to Prevent and Fight Fishing Boat Fires

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

One of the last places you want to be when a fire breaks out is confined to a boat. You could become trapped, have to abandon ship or be the victim of an explosion if the fire reaches your vessel’s fuel supply. Therefore, for anyone who spends much time on the water, whether for business or pleasure, learning how to prevent and fight boat fires is extremely important. How to Prevent a Fishing Boat Fire Sport Fishing magazine published a few tips for fighting and preventing fires on boats: Add Breakers and Fuses – Fuses and breakers add an extra layer of protection to help lower the risk of an electrical fire. These devices absorb power surges and cut circuits to prevent fires from resulting due to electrical problems. Make sure that you have breakers and fuses installed on your boat. Trust Your Nose – If something smells odd, such…
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Did Duck Boat Safety Issues Lead to the Boston Super Tours Shutdown?

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

The list of duck boat companies in Boston just got a little bit shorter. According to Boston magazine, Boston Super Tours closed its doors for good on October 30th. Boston Super Tours is the company behind Upper Deck Trolley Tours as well as Super Duck Tours, which was a competitor of Boston Duck Tours. However, unlike Boston Duck Tours, Super Duck Tours had yet to be involved in any incidents that raised questions about duck boat safety. Why Did Boston Super Tours Close? Super Duck Tours never had any major duck boat accidents, while Boston Duck Tours has had multiple incidents, including: A collision between a Boston Duck Tours boat and a scooter that claimed a 29-year-old woman’s life A Boston Duck Tours accident in Back Bay left a woman injured In addition to avoiding such safety problems, Super Duck Tours boats were more like buses than Boston Duck Tours…
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Will Refurbishing Dams and Seawalls Help Improve Boating Safety?

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

In early November, the state of Massachusetts introduced a program that will provide around $10 million in funding to refurbish seawalls and dams to improve boating safety. It is hoped that this funding will address the deterioration of coastal infrastructure that is critical to the safety of the region. Much of the funding, around $7.7 million, will go to protection projects for Plymouth, Salem, Marshfield, Yarmouth, Quincy and Scituate. Another $2.91 million will be used for safety upgrades for The Nature Conservancy, Attleboro, the Kestrel Land Trust, Holbrook, Fall River, the Sherwood Forest Lake District, Gardner, Westfield, Gloucester, Weymouth and the Jones River Watershed Association. The refurbishing projects will focus on engineering and construction necessary to repair seven dams, remove five dams and complete eight reconstruction projects designed to improve coastal protection throughout the area. How Will Updating Dams and Seawalls Improve Boating Safety? The following is a list of…
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Do Commercial Fishermen Need More Safety Training?

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Last week, New Bedford hosted a pair of boating safety training events for commercial fishermen, according to South Coast Today. The training sessions took place at the School for Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth on November 17 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm and November 18 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The programs were led by certified marine safety instructors and there was no cost for commercial fishermen to attend. The events were sponsored by the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership and the Coast Guard. Types of Commercial Fishing Safety Information Covered in the New Bedford Training Sessions The training sessions each covered different topics. The November 17th event focused on safety and survival topics, including the following: Survival Suits Helicopter Hoist-and-Rescue Procedures On-Board Firefighting Emergency Aid Man-Overboard Procedures Flares and Emergency Positioning Devices Flooding and Pump Operations Life Raft Equipment The other event concentrated on drill conductor training,…
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