USCG Don’t Phone Home

 NTSB, Safety Alerts, US Coast Guard  Comments Off on USCG Don’t Phone Home
Aug 112010

imageMobile phone or cellphones are not a good idea on the bridge as MAC, and others has observed before. Now following two accidents involving US Coast Guard personnel using cellular telephones while underway to engage in text-messaging activities or conversations that were unrelated to vessel operations or the mission at hand the US National Transportation Safety Board has issued two recommendations

The US Coast Guard recently issued its preliminary national policy concerning cell phone usage on their vessels while underway.  Therefore, the Safety Board made the following recommendation to the Coast Guard:

Continue reading »

Safety Alert – Beware Seductive Sims

 Safety Alerts  Comments Off on Safety Alert – Beware Seductive Sims
Aug 122009

image Maritime New Zealand has issued a safety alert regarding the use of mobile/cellphones while under way. Inappropriate use has lead to groundings and fatalities (Premium subscribers can download The Case of the Seductive Sim ) from the Library.

Warns MNZ: “Three people have been killed in recent collisions as a result of skippers being distracted by their use of mobile phones.  A number of serious injuries have also occurred.

Continue reading »