Safety at Sea

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Safety at Sea

Multiple Means Of Communication For Passages

Multiple Means Of Communication For Passages

This is plea to bluewater cruisers. Please have multiple means of long distance two way communications on your vessel. The most common and efficient is a SSB radio and a Garmin In-Reach. I have no financial interest in any product, but I can tell you that both devices can save your life. The...

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Watch The Resurgence Of Amateur Radio – A Silver Lining Of COVID-19

July 20, 2020 by gCaptain Today’s Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) regulations requires that every ship carry old-school HF radiotelephone and radiotelex equipment but, traditional radio is rarely used aboard ship. The problem is twofold. Today’s satellites are more convenient...

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New GPS EPIRBS And PLB’s Explained

New GPS EPIRBS And PLB’s Explained

Safety Tips from the United States Coast Guard Advancements in Boating Rescue Technology New developments expand the capabilities of EPIRBs and PLBs. By Vincent Daniello February 15, 2012 There is no 911 at sea. The premise that boaters must be self-reliant has guided emergency preparedness at sea...

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Problems In The Emergency Beacon Network

Problems In The Emergency Beacon Network

Ocean Navigator Magazine JULY/AUGUST 2020 MARINE TECH NOTES Problems in the emergency beacon network BY TIM QUEENEY When voyagers purchase and register an EPIRB, they have a reasonable expectation that should they activate the beacon, the Sarsat system will swing into gear and rescue them. And in...

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SSCA TRANSATLANTIC CRUISERS NET WILL RESUME OPERATION MAY 4, 2020

SSCA TRANSATLANTIC CRUISERS NET WILL RESUME OPERATION MAY 4, 2020

SSCA TRANSATLANTIC CRUISERS NET WILL RESUME OPERATION 04 MAY 2020 Commencing 04 May at 2100 hrs. UTC or 1700 hrs. Eastern Time, four U.S. based FCC Coastal Maritime Stations will resume operation of the SSCA Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net.   As last year, which we found to work out very well, we...

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How do the U.S. Coast Guard, SeaTow and Vessel Assist respond to distress calls?

Under what circumstances will the Coast Guard respond to a call rather than deferring to a commercial service? And, does the U.S. Coast Guard ever charge a fee for responding to a distress call? Coast Guard fees are established by federal statute. For the most part these fees are limited to documentation services, vessel inspection and mariner licensing. However, it does not charge a fee to render assistance to a vessel at sea.

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Understanding Emergency Notification Devices

Planning to sail to the US, Europe, or the Caribbean? Before heading out, give thought to your emergency notification devices.

In an offshore emergency, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and Satellite Emergency Locator Devices with SOS functions such as Garmin InReach, SPOT, Globalstar and others, are viable emergency notification devices.

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