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these crew members must have strong sel. The National Transportation Safety for the water tives save lives – those of crew members resumes, relevant on-the-job experience, Board recently provided a tip sheet for and possibly innocent bystanders – but and undergo drug testing. mariners focused on good preparation One way vessel owners and operators they will likely improve a vessel’s sea-

One thing marine employers examine and proper use of safety equipment. can be sure they have a strong reliable worthiness, possibly extend the life of closely aside from vessel experience is These tips should be part of vessel for- safety and preparedness plan is to seek the vessel, and keep the vessel opera- education. They may look for crewmem- mal safety procedures: the expertise of their insurer’s risk man- tional with less disruption, thus improv- bers who have completed certain course- agement team. These risk engineers are ing the owner’s and/or operator’s pro? t- work in safety. For example, courses at • Crew is familiar with an easily ac- trained to review crew and vessel safety ability and peace of mind for the future. the Maritime Institute of Technology/ cessible weather preparedness plan that and offer suggestions on how to mitigate

Paci? c Maritime Institute focus on ad- reviews low pressure systems and other any unnecessary risk exposures.

vanced navigation, radar plotting, ? re- weather

The Author ? ghting, ? rst aid and CPR, meteorology, • Crew is familiar with and regularly A Bene? t to All bridge management, and dangerous liq- practices with onboard safety equipment In all, these improvements and focus

Damon Vaughan is senior vice president uids, among others. • Crew knows the evacuation plan on safety in the brownwater industry at Tidal Marine, a commercial marine

The maritime industry has recognized and each crewmember’s emergency sup- will be critical for a few reasons. With insurance program administered by Ven- that one unquali? ed or ill-equipped crew ply duties the implementation of Subchapter M on ture Insurance Programs. He has spe- member can be a liability to all onboard • Crew conducts regular drills the horizon, and a renewed industry fo- cialized in marine business, both prima- the vessel. • Crew carries easily accessible emer- cus on training, safety and preparedness, ry and reinsurance for 20 years, working gency position indicating radio beacons vessel owners are likely to be on top of in London, Bermuda and New York. Tidal

Formal Procedures in Place (EPIRBs) and/or personal locator bea- their game – making sure their vessels covers a wide variety of commercial ma-

These days a formal loss and safe- cons and crew are ready for anything that may rine vessels including supply, utility, and ty plan and hurricane plan, should be • Crew has been instructed to stay come their way. crew boats, to tugs and barges.

standard aboard any tug or towing ves- close to each other if abandoning ship In the end, not only will these initia-

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