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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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Are Tugboat Accidents Common?

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Tugboats are one of the most important and busiest vessels in the maritime industry. They can be separated into three types, each with their own function: Oceangoing tugs Harbor tugboats River tugboats Most are used to help ships into and out of the water. Additionally, they come to the rescue of ships, the fight fires and break up ice. They can tow the weight of larger cruise ships and container ships, as well as tow oil rigs and other large maritime structures. Risks Associated with Tugboat Accidents Unfortunately, such an important job does not come without some risk, especially when the proper safety precautions are not taken. Tugboats are most commonly susceptible to the following types of maritime accidents: Capsizing—This most often occurs when there is an operational problem with the vessel. However, this types of accident most often leads to serious or fatal injuries. Mechanical failure—Tugs require a lot…
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Should There Be a Law Requiring Workers to Wear Lifejackets on Commercial Fishing Boats

Posted on November 14, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in the UK published separate reports on three commercial fishing accidents. In all cases, not one of the nine victims were wearing a lifejacket when they drowned. Per the report, at least four of these fishermen could have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket when they were thrown into the water. Since some, if not all, of these deaths were preventable, the MAIB is recommending to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the United Kingdom’s version of the U.S. Coast Guard, introduces new legislation that makes it mandatory for fishermen to wear lifejackets while on commercial fishing vessels. Should the U.S. Require Commercial Fishermen to Wear Lifejackets? This year has been a particularly bad one in regards to the number of drownings in the U.S. as well as the U.K. While some speculate that increasing awareness and spreading education will encourage more…
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