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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
  • 2013 NATIONAL
  • VESSEL EXAMINER WORKSHOP
  • VSC Best Practices
  • MODULE 2

Prepared by the NATIONAL DIRECTORATE OF VESSEL
EXAMINATION AND RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY
PROGRAM VISITATION
2
Workshop Objectives
  • This module is designed to introduce Vessel
    Examiners to some commonly experienced problems
    encountered during Vessel Safety Checks.
  • It is also intended as a refresher to experienced
    Vessel Examiners and to educate new Vessel
    Examiners.

3
Best Practices
  • FC/VFC/FSO-VE Notification
  • Before going out to do a VSC be sure to let your
    FC, VFC, or FSO-VE know in writing.
  • This is important to satisfy the assignment to
    duty requirement in the event of an accident,
    injury, or damage.

4
Best Practices
  • Uniforms
  • Although not required, the Vessel Examiner should
    make every attempt to wear a proper uniform and
    an approved life jacket when conducting a VSC.

5
Best Practices
  • Uniforms
  • Check what uniform is approved in your area.
  • Dont refuse to conduct a VSC if you are asked
    and in civilian attire.

6
Best Practices
  • VSC Courtesy
  • As a courtesy to the vessel owner, ask permission
    to come aboard say Permission to come
    aboard?.
  • Be cautious that nothing you are carrying or
    wearing can cause damage to the vessel you are
    inspecting.

7
Best Practices
  • VSC Courtesy
  • If you make an appointment to examine a vessel,
    be on time.
  • If you cannot keep the appointment, call the
    owner and explain why.

8
Best Practices
  • Pre-examination Working with the boat owner in
    advance provides
  • More exposure to the boater,
  • More opportunity to discuss boating safety,
  • More opportunity to solicit interest in the
    Auxiliary.

9
Best Practices
  • For more information, encourage the boat owner to
    visit
  • http//wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unitV-DEPT
  • http//usps.org/national/vsc
  • The bottom line is to do what it takes to create
    safe boats and safe boaters.

10
Best Practices
  • Supervised Vessel Safety Checks
  • Any VE performing supervised vessel safety checks
    (VSC), whether in conjunction with Initial
    Qualification or Requalification, must perform
    the supervised VSC on power vessels only, no
    paddle crafts.

11
Best Practices
  • Supervised Vessel Safety Checks
  • Documented on Form 7012 and NOT Form 7012A
    (Paddle Craft VSC).
  • Reported on ANSC 7038 per policy.

12
Best Practices
  • Supervised Vessel Safety Checks
  • Once member is certified, paddle craft VSCs may
    be performed.

13
One Decal at a Time
  • Awarding the VSC decal
  • Only current year VSC decal should be displayed.
  • Old decals should be removed however, VE/Owner
    may place new decal directly over old VSC
    decal.

14
One Decal at a Time
  • Awarding the VSC decal
  • VSC Decal must be affixed
  • Immediately after inspection by the VE, or
  • By the operator in the presence of the VE.

15
One Decal at a Time
  • Awarding the VSC decal
  • The decal shall be
  • Affixed in a location not to interfere with or
    obscure the operators view.
  • Be readily visible to authorities while underway.

16
VSC Decal Placement
  • Affix the decal
  • On the lower forward corner of a portside window,
    or
  • A lower corner on the portside of the windshield.
  • If no window is available, to the dashboard or
    the back of a seat.

16
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VSC Decal Placement
  • Decals should only be affixed
  • To permanently installed equipment.

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Registration Numbers
  • Registration Numbers MUST be
  • Painted, or
  • PERMANENTLY attached to each side of
  • the forward half of the vessel,
  • Of a color contrasting with the background color.

18
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Registration Numbers
  • Registration numbers are
  • Issued by the state.
  • Consist of two letters identifying the state of
  • principal use (prefix).
  • Followed by a combination of number(s).
  • Ending with one or more letters (suffix).

19
20
Registration Numbers
  • NJ 1234 AB or NH-5678-AB
  • NOTE Spaces or hyphens between letter and number
    groupings must be equal to the width of a letter
    other than I or a number other than 1

21
Registration Numbers
  • Registration Number must be
  • Plain block characters,
  • Not less than three inches in height,
  • In a color contrasting with the background.

21
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Registration Numbers
  • State validation sticker must be
  • Affixed in accordance with state requirements,
  • Within six inches of the registration number.

22
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Registration Numbers
  • State validation stickers
  • Applies to all registered vessels.
  • There are NO exceptions for smaller craft or
    personal water craft.

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24
Documented Vessel Reminder
  • Every documented vessel must have
  • An official number.
  • Marked by any PERMANENT METHOD.
  • Cannot be obliterated or obscured.

25
Documented Vessel Reminder
  • Must have the official number permanently affixed
    in block type Arabic numerals preceded with the
    letters NO.,
  • Not less than 3 inches in height,
  • On some clearly visible interior integral
    STRUCTURAL part of the vessel.

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Documented Vessel Reminder
  • Numbers must be
  • Permanently etched in wood vessels, or
  • In fiberglass epoxied on the hull.
  • Not in a cabinet on the bridge or interior.

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27
Documented Vessel Reminder
  • A documented vessel hull display must
  • Have the Name and hailing port of the vessel
    together in one place on the hull (usually on the
    stern).
  • Be in letters not less than 4 inches in height.
  • Be clearly readable.

28
Life Jackets (PFDs)
  • Regardless of the number required, examine all
    life jackets on board.
  • An acceptable life jacket must be readily
    accessible and of suitable size for each person
    on board.

29
Life Jackets (PFDs)
  • The life jacket label is the best reference to
    determine if it is the appropriate size, type,
    and whether it must be worn to count.

29
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Life Jackets (PFDs)
  • USCG approved inflatable devices
  • Authorized for use by persons 16 years of age or
    older.
  • Require regular maintenance.
  • Must have a full cylinder and all status
    indicators green.

31
Life Jackets (PFDs) for Children
  • Children under 13 years of age must
  • Wear a CG approved life jacket,
  • Of the proper size, and
  • In serviceable condition

32
Life Jackets (PFDs) for Children
  • Children under 13 years of age must wear a life
    jacket on a vessel when
  • Underway (not at anchor, not made fast to the
    shore, or aground)
  • Unless they are below decks or in an enclosed
    cabin.
  • If a state has established requirements that
    differ from the Coast Guard requirements, the
    state requirements will be applicable on waters
    subject to the states jurisdiction.

33
Ventilation Systems
  • It is not sufficient to have an owner/operator
    turn on the blower and hear the motor run.
  • Check air flow at ducts.
  • Use your hand to sense the air.

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Ventilation Systems
  • Each exhaust opening or duct must originate in
    the lower third of the compartment and above the
    normal accumulation of bilge water.

34
35
Fire Extinguishers
  • To be U S Coast Guard approved, a fire
    extinguisher is only required to have a bracket
    when it is originally sold.
  • A fire extinguisher does not have to be mounted
    to meet federal minimum legal requirements or
    receive a VSC decal, unless there is a state
    requirement to the contrary.

36
Fire Extinguishers
  • Contrary to prior guidance, there is never an
    occasion where it is permissible to shake or
    smack a fire extinguish. This could lead to
    compaction of material in the discharge tube.

36
37
VDS Requirements
  • When considering VDS requirements, the
    applicable term is coastal waters.
  • Coastal waters include
  • The Great Lakes (excluding Lake St. Clair),
  • The territorial seas,
  • And those waters connected directly, up to the
    first point where a body of water is less than
    two miles wide.

38
VDS Requirements
  • Visual Distress Signals (VDS) are specifically
    defined in the Code of Federal Regulations and
    include only USCG approved devices limited to
  • pyrotechnics
  • approved orange flag (day signal only)
  • approved electric distress light flashing SOS
    (night signal only)

39
VDS Requirements
  • All VDS need an approval number displayed and the
    pyrotechnics must not be beyond the listed
    expiration date.

39
40
Disposal of Expired Flares
  • Flares and other pyrotechnic devices need to be
    disposed of properly. 
  • Properly is defined by the community in which you
    live. 
  • Owners/users of these devices should contact
    their local sanitation, fire  or refuse
    collection departments.

41
MARPOL Trash Placards
  • The International Convention for the Prevention
    of Pollution from Ships (Annex V) (MARPOL) deals
    with prevention of pollution by garbage from
    ships.
  • Amendments to Annex V will go into effect on
    January 1, 2013 and will include a change to the
    placard requirements for domestic vessels.

42
MARPOL Trash Placards
  • Until new placards are available, Examiners are
    instructed to consider Item 11 on Form 7012 as
    N/A for all vessels during calendar year 2013,
    or until otherwise directed.
  • Examiners should take the opportunity to educate
    boaters that new requirements are being developed
    and they will need to comply when available.

43
Marine Sanitation Device
  • All recreational vessels with installed toilet
    facilities must have an operable marine
    sanitation device (MSD).
  • Any capability for overboard discharge must be
    disabled or secured.

43
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Marine Sanitation Device
  • Acceptable methods to disable/secure overboard
    discharge include
  • Padlocking overboard discharge valves in the
    closed position,
  • Closing overboard discharge valves and removing
    handle,
  • Locking door to space enclosing the toilet.

44
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Marine Batteries
  • Federal Rules only require the positive battery
    terminal be covered. However, some states may
    require both terminals be covered.
  • Plastic battery boxes or other covers to protect
    the battery are recommended but not required.

46
Marine Batteries
  • Battery cables should be securely connected.
  • Batteries should be clamped down or otherwise
    secured so as to prevent movement.

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Marine Batteries
  • Batteries should not be serviced or tampered with
    by Vessel Examiners.
  • No installing terminal covers !!
  • Batteries explode occasionally when handled. Do
    not attempt to handle.

47
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VHF Radio with DSC
  • If a VHF radio with Digital Selective Calling
    (DSC) capability is properly registered with a
    Marine Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) and
    interfaced with a GPS, it has the ability to
    transmit vessel position and identity digitally.

49
VHF Radio Reminder
  • Channel 16 is the Calling and Distress channel
    used to initiate all calls (except distress calls
    on a DSC capable radio).
  • Once contact is made on Channel 16, switch to
    another channel (working channel) to continue,
    except in an emergency situation .

50
VHF Radio Reminder
  • Channel 9 is an alternate calling channel.
  • Think through your response before speaking,
    speak in a slow and distinct manner.
  • Do not use your radio when the boat is on land.

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Cell Phone Use
  • Some boaters rely solely on cell phones as a
    primary source of communication.
  • This is not without drawbacks.
  • You reach limited people.
  • Range is short.
  • VHF reaches all in your vicinity.

52
Cell Phone Use
  • When 9-1-1 is called on a cell phone, it goes to
    the Police and they have no way to locate you on
    the water.

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Electronic Shock Drowning (ESD)
  • Electric Shock Drowning results from the passage
    of a typically low level AC current through the
    body, while immersed in fresh water, with
    sufficient force to cause skeletal muscular
    paralysis, rendering the victim unable to help
    him/herself and potentially resulting in
    drowning.

54
Electronic Shock Drowning (ESD)
  • While freshwater is not a good electrical
    conductor, the human bodys high salinity makes
    it a much better conductor and AC current uses
    the body as a return path to its source.
  • Saltwater is more conductive than the human body,
    which explains why electric shock deaths have not
    occurred in saltwater.

55
Electronic Shock Drowning (ESD)
  • Preventing ESD
  • Educate the public on the dangers of going in the
    water at a marina.
  • Have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)
    device installed on boats that would
    automatically interrupt the flow of electricity
    in the case of a fault.
  • Have GFCI breakers installed on each of the
    marinas shore power distribution points.

56
Discussion
  • What other issues have you encountered?
  • How did you handle the problem?
  • What was the solution?

57
V Directorate Website http//wow.uscgaux.info/con
tent.php?unitV-DEPT
  • I Want a VSC Visitors can enter their ZIP Code
    and find a volunteer examiner to give them a VSC.
  • Virtual Safety Check Use this page to check your
    own boat to see if you are ready.
  • Job Aid Kits Training tools and aids to becoming
    a great VE or PV.
  • News from the DIR-V Statements of policy or
    procedure provided by members of the Chief
    Directors Office, National Elected Officers, or
    Department Chiefs.
  • AUX V-Directorate Staff Gives you the most
    current information on V Dept Staff .
  • Q A Displays questions received from our
    visitors along with answers provided.

58
2013 V-Directorate Staff Officers
  • Director (DIR-V) Kelly L. Townsend
  • Deputy Director (DIR-Vd) Michael S. Klacik
  • Division Chief Vessel Exams (DVC-VE) Perry R.
    Taylor
  • Division Chief Visitation Programs
    (DVC-VP) Vincent Cerverizzo
  • Division Chief Technical Support (DVC-VT) John
    Yskamp
  • Division Chief Incentive Programs
    (DVC-VI) Keith Knotek
  • Division Chief Communications (DVC-VC) Paul J.
    Mayer Jr.

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