Sunday, July 27, 2014

END OF PASSAGE

After several years of publication, including a previous hiatus, NAUTICAL LOG has decided that the Blog has run its course.  For now we shall continue to re-blog some maritime items such as the M-Notices from the UK MCA now published under "government publications" prior to ceasing publication.  We shall also not be commenting on the Posts of other maritime blogs but may comment if there are other boating accidents in Miami-Dade County, Florida. 

This decision was reached due to an apparent lack of interest now in NAUTICAL LOG indicated by the lack of response to our concerns with safe boating particularly in the South Florida region. No responses to our e-mails from those captains supposedly interested in making a difference by changes in local boat operation regulations.  Recently no comments have been received on the Posts subject matter making our efforts rather pointless.

Good Watch.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NLIN #7 - 2014

The following M Notices are now available at www.gov.uk/government/publications (note this new e-mail address).  If you have problems call 023 8032 9391

MIN  479 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Food and Catering; Recognised Courses for Ship's Cooks foe Food Hygiene or Food Safety in Catering.

MGN 478 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Wages.

MGN 479 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Repatriation.

MGN 480 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Shipowners Liabilities including Seafarer Compensation.

MGN 485 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Seafarer Employment Agreements - Application to Trainees.

MSN 1838 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Minimum Age.

MSN 1839 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 Medical Certification

MSN 1841 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Medical Care Ship's Doctors.

MSN 1844 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Crew Accommodation.

MSN 1845 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Food and Catering: Provision of Food and Fresh Water.

MSN 1846 (M) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Food and Catering: Ship's Cooks and Catering Staff.

Good Watch.




Sunday, July 13, 2014

WASTING MY TIME ?

 

Over the years NAUTICAL LOG has published many Posts about boating safety and the importance of the Nautical Rules of the Road with just an occasional comment.  Recently there was a series of ten (10) Posts on the Steering and Sailing Rules section which inspired not a single comment - disappointing and somewhat disheartening to say the least.  Naturally NAUTICAL LOG wondered if this was a waste of time as there was no apparent interest in boating safety either from most boaters, at least those in this area, or from the "Concerned Authorities" of our incompetent U.S. Administration which has left our Nation virtually leaderless and rapidly declining on all fronts at the Federal, State and Local levels.  So once again NAUTICAL LOG is ready to cease publication.

Recently in Biscayne Bay, FL we have had two catastrophic boating accidents resulting in deaths and these seem to have finally triggered a reaction from those who really count in all of this - the professional boating Captains. 

The local Media has been covering these boating accidents with various levels of reporter boating knowledge from total ignorance to some basic boating knowledge and the various points-of-view expressed.  Under the headline "An urgent push for safety" the "Miami Herald" Sunday July 13, 2014 edition covered the latest action.  It is much needed as one of the persons (name withheld by NAUTICAL LOG but published by the Miami Herald ) interviewed stated:

"It's not the drinking. Everybody drink's" he said. " It's just that everybody is so irresponsible. I have one beer, sometimes two, and I stop.  I'm responsible for my boat and the people". 

Well this is just the attitude that gets people into trouble - no not everybody drinks when boating.  In the State of Florida the boating adult BAC (blood alcohol level) for intoxication is 0.08 and your two beers could well do that nicely due to the motion action of the boat and the high temperatures.  For the boating minor the BAC is 0.02.  These are the BAC levels for being charged with BUI (boating under the influence) in the State of Florida. So perhaps you are not being as responsible as you think you are and therein lies a major part of the safe boating problem.

The two captains mentioned above are Bric Peeples and Terry Claus who have taken to Facebook ® to publish what they feel should be done.  They have enlisted the help of local maritime attorney Bruce Mars, Washington, DC boating and fishing lobbyist Jim Donofrio and in addition they are contacting the FWC and members of the Miami-Dade County Commission. 

They propose
  • a night-time speed limit and idle zones
  • mandatory licensing
  • on-water education for recreational boaters
  • harsh penalties for boating under the influence
  • a change in lighting requirements for recreational boaters
  • daytime idle speed around popular sandbars off Key Biscayne
NAUTICAL LOG fully supports these points and offers his assistance.  We do not have Facebook® or Twitter ® so you may make contact through this Blog.  Cory Offutt of Tow-BoatUS Miami proposes a campaign to "shock and educate boaters into safe boating" .  Again NAUTICAL LOG fully supports this approach and once again offers assistance. 

Good Watch.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

NLIN #6 - 2014

The following M-Notices are available at www.gov.uk/mca if you have problems call 023 8032 9391


MIN 486 (M)  Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) - Additional Funds of up to £3 million

MGN 511 (M) Solid Bulk Cargoes - Adoption of Amendment 02-13 to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC0 Code - MSC 1/Circ.1452

MGN 512 (M) Solid Bulk Caroes - Guidelines for the submission of Information and Completion of the Format for the Properties of Cargoes not listed in the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code and their Conditions of Carriage - MSC. 1/Circ.1453

MGN 513 (M) Solid Bulk Cargoes - Guidelines for Developing and Approving Procedures for Sampling, Testing and Controlling the Moisture Content for Solid Bulk Cargoes which may Liquefy ' MSC. 1/Circ. 1454

MGN 514 (M) Solid Bulk Cargoes - Early Implementation of the Draft Agreement 03-15 to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code related to the Carriage and Testing of Iron Ore Fines - DSC. 1/Circ.71

Good Watch.

Monday, July 7, 2014

ANOTHER HOLIDAY ANOTHER ACCIDENT

Sunday July 06, 2014.

NAUTICAL LOG was away for the Independence Day weekend only to return to South Florida on Sunday evening to learn of a horrendous boating accident on Friday July 04, 2014 night in Biscayne Bay.  According to the "Miami Herald", (from which NAUTICAL LOG is taking the story)  the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and United States Coast Guard (USCG)   three boats came into collision resulting in the deaths of four (4) adults and injuries to nine (9) other persons one of whom is in a coma and the others with critical to minor injuries.  Fortunately two children involved one five (5) years old and the other two (2) years old are both uninjured.


 

The FWC is the State of Florida inland and part-offshore water law enforcement agency, of course the USCG is the Federal law enforcement agency and part of U.S. Homeland Security.  All were involved in the water rescues passing over the victims to Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue for further medical assistance and transportation to local hospitals.  A full investigation into the cause of the accident which occurred at 2240 (10.40 PM) is underway as well as an accident reconstruction.
 
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This morning Monday July 07, 2014 again from the "Miami Herald" the results of the FWC investigation and accident reconstruction have been published.  It started with a 32-foot Contender center-console with five (5) persons, three (3) of whom died, on board the other two (2) being critically injured.  The boat a 32-foot they hit had eight (8) persons on board, one (1) of whom was killed, included two children who were uninjured.  Spinning out of control they hit a third boat a 35-foot boat Boston Whaler which had eight (8) persons on board uninjured except for one (1) of whom had a laceration.  The accident occurred three miles south of Rickenbacker Causeway in Biscayne Bay.

NAUTICAL LOG notes that so far there is no information from the FWC regarding the following:
  • whether lifejackets were worn particularly by the children in those boats
  • whether the boat operators were licensed by the USCG
  • any other boating qualifications of the boat operators involved
  • the boat handling skills of the boat operators involved
  • knowledge of the Nautical Rules of the Road of the boat operators
  • was alcohol or drug use involved (there is a waterfront gossip report alcohol was in the boat that caused the accident)

The following data is from the FWC Boating Accidents Statistical Report 2013:

BOATING ACCIDENTS
  • Florida leads the Nation with a total of 896,632 registered vessels.  In 2013 there were736 reportable boating accidents, resulting in 420 injuries.  The rate of injury was 47 injuries per 1000,000 vessels.
  • May was the month with the highest numbe5r of accidents.
  • Miami-Dade County reported the highest number of accidents and injuries (104 accidents with 4 fatalities and 50 injuries.

FLORIDA BOATING FATALITIES
  • The total fatality count for 2013was 62
  • The deadliest month in 2013 was December with 12 fatalities
  • Percentage of boating fatalities where alcohol or drug-use played a role was 15%
  • Nearly half of all fatal accidents in 2013 involved vessels 16 feet or less in length.

Boat Safe and Always Wear a Lifejacket

Good Watch.