Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2011

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Developing Best Practices At a minimum, you should address the following topics to develop best practices. Area Familiarity t %FmOF ZPVS BSFB GBNJMJBSJUZ RVBMJmDBUJPO QSP- cess. For example, how many pre-transits of the areas with an experienced mariner are required? As a minimum, ensure your require- ments meet any legal requirements for vessel and class of service. t %FmOF IPX PQFSBUPST XJMM EFNPOTUSBUF UIFJS knowledge of the waters, navigation aids, haz- ards, vessel traffic patterns, rules, and proto- cols. t %FmOF ZPVS SFGSFTIFS USBJOFS SFRVJSFNFOUT Bridge Resource Management t %FmOF UIF DPNQBOZ QSPDFTT GPS CSJEHF NBO- agement. Who does what? Clarify expecta- tions, training requirements, procedures, and policies. t "SF FYDFQUJPOT QFSNJUUFE 6OEFS XIBU TJUVB- tions? t .BLF TVSF BMM DSFXNFNCFST LOPX IPX UIFZ mesh and how important this is. t )PX XJMM FMFDUSPOJD DIBSUT CF VUJMJ[FE 8IBU position fixes are required? t "T SFRVJSFE JEFOUJGZ TQFDJmD QSPDFEVSFT GPS difficult navigation areas. Restricting Passengers from Bridge t %FmOF DPOEJUJPOT MPDBUJPOT BOE PUIFS TJUVB- tions where passengers will not be permitted on the bridge. t .BLF TVSF QBTTFOHFST BSF BXBSF PG UIF TUBO- dards beforehand to avoid problems. Communications This can be viewed from both the hardware and procedural perspective. t %PFT UIF DPNQBOZ IBWF UIF FRVJQNFOU BWBJM- able to communicate with the home office and emergency responders everywhere along its route? If not, what is the acceptable level for "no communication" capability? If 100% communication capability is the desired standard, then additional equipment may be required. t 'SPN B QSPDFEVSBM WJFX EFmOF XIFSF XIFO what, and how vessels are to report. t %FUBJM ZPVS QSBDUJDFT GPS LFFQJOH QBTTFOHFST informed of the situation during an emer- gency. Safe Distance from Known Navigation Hazards Specify company policy for safe distances to maintain from navigation hazards. You can keep this a general standard or make it hazard-specific. As required, prohibit transit of certain areas at all times, on specific tides, or depending on current or other weather conditions. Reduce Speed in Hazardous Situations This may seem like common sense, but don't bet the farm that it will automatically happen. t %FmOF DPNQBOZ TQFDJmD QSBDUJDFT EVSJOH voyages with heavy seas, restricted visibility, ice conditions, or other hazardous conditions. 56 Proceedings Fall 2011 www.uscg.mil/proceedings

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