Capt. Peter Squicciarini
Capt. Peter Squicciarini is a licensed master mariner and marine safety specialist at the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command in Portsmouth, Va. He has worked on towing, passenger, and fishing vessels, and was a safety and compliance manager for an East Coast tug and barge company. He also served in the Navy as a surface ship officer and commanded several warships. He can be reached at email@example.com
Are you ready to sail? Part 1
January 31, 2013
get ready to rumble” is Michael Buffer’s famous trademarked phrase used to open
boxing and wrestling events. But are you really ready to rumble, er, get your
be surprised at what shows up outside of the sea buoy. It’s common sense for
you to be ready to safely operate, not kill the crew, and bring the boat back
in one piece. But it isn’t as common as it you’d think.
got Safety Management Systems (SMS), checklists, maintenance manuals, and compliance
requirements that cover the minimum levels of preparedness and safety. We are
legally required to abide by SMSes and Coast Guard CFRs. Checklists are when
you write it down so you don’t forget next time. OEMs, for everything from
engines to electronics, have laid out how to care and feed their equipment so
it operates correctly and reliability.
underway when you are not ready for your voyage is just plain dumb. Incredibly,
there is a long list of blatant examples. When something bad happens and we hear
all the bloody details, we express righteous indignation. We would never be so
stupid, we say.
discussions with surveyors, investigators, underwriters, and admiralty
attorneys, here are some recent examples of what supposedly being “ready for
sea” means to some mariners.
or insufficient life jackets.
seal flooding uncontrollably.
- Bilge pump clogged or
backup emergency pumps.
- No or insufficient fire
- Watertight doors frozen.
- Broken pilothouse windows.
- No, wrong, or outdated
- Compass broken.
- No spare parts.
- No, worn out, or
permanently lashed down life raft.
- No, ragged, or wrong size
- Bilge awash and overflowing
- Deck plates missing or
- No or insufficient life
- No or unregistered EPIRB.
- Broken navigation lights.
- No or improperly licensed.
would never be so foolish to go to sea in this condition, would you?