USCG Safety Alerts, Advisories & Lessons Learned

U.S.C.G. Marine Safety Alerts & Advisories

  • Sector Houston-Galveston Safety Alert 01-11: Mooring Line Operational Safety – May 26, 2011
  • Safety Alert 02-11: Air Receivers & Relief Valves – A reminder that shouldn’t be necessary! – February 14, 2011
  • Safety Alert 01-11: Inspection Of Fuel Oil Quick-Closing Valves – January 31, 2011
  • Safety Alert 10a-10: Wrong Directions – A Recipe for Failure – December 21, 2010
  • Safety Alert 10b-10: Simple Failures Render CO2 System Inoperative – December 21, 2010
  • Safety Alert 09-10: Type I Personal Flotation Device Strap Check – December 15, 2010
  • Safety Advisory 01-10: DISTRACTED OPERATIONS – Don’t Let It Be You! – October 29, 2010
  • Safety Alert 07-10: Caution to AIS Users – August 28, 2010
  • Safety Alert 05-10: AIS Text Messaging Concerns: Usage During Navigation & Emergencies and Ensuring Accurate AIS Data – May 27, 2010
  • Safety Alert 04-10: Watertight Doors: Close Them & Dog Them! – April 28, 2010
  • Safety Alert 02-10: Dangers Associated With Automatic Channel Switching On Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Equipped VHF Marine Radios – April 13, 2010
  • Safety Alert 08-09: Unapproved EPIRB Battery Replacements – November 30, 2009
  • Safety Alert 02-09: Compact Fluorescent Lights – June 8, 2009 ***CFL’s may interfere with some communications equipment***
  • Safety Alert 01-09: Electrical Shock Hazards – April 16, 2009
  • Safety Alert 09-08 (Update): Electronically-Controlled Cargo Pump Engine Components (Tank Barges) – April 15, 2009
  • Safety Alert 12-08: Watertight Doors – November 19, 2008
  • Safety Alert 8-08: Inspection Of Fuel Oil Quick-Closing Valves – October 23, 2008
  • Safety Alert 06-08: Counterfeit Emergency Escape Breathing Devices – September 19, 2008 ***Applies to Unitor model UNISCAPE 15H EEBD’s***
  • Safety Alert 05-08: Preventing Engine Exhaust System Fires – September 17, 2008
  • Safety Alert 04-08: Unlicensed To Drive! (Towing Industry) – September 5, 2008
  • Safety Alert 03-08: Controllable Pitch Propeller Systems & Situational Awareness – July 2, 2008
  • Safety Alert 02-08: Chantix Medical Advisory For Merchant Mariners – June 26, 2008
  • Safety Alert 01-08: Maintaining Vessel Watertight Integrity – May 9, 2008
  • Safety Alert 03-07: Securing Of Watertight Doors While Underway – September 19, 2007
  • Safety Alert 02-07: Programming Marine Radio & AIS Equipment – September 6, 2007
  • Safety Alert 03-06: Emergency Escape Hood Recall – May 3, 2006 ***Applies to Brookdale International Systems model EVAC-U8 & EVAC+ emergency escape smoke hoods***
  • Safety Alert 01-06: Strike First Fire Extinguishers – March 2, 2006
  • Safety Alert 04-05: Personal Flotation Devices – Incorrect CO2 Cylinder Installation / False Positive Service Indicators – June 22, 2005 ***Applies to certain models from Mustang Manufacturing, Protexion, and Stearns/SOSpenders PFD’s***
  • Safety Alert 03-05: Non-Serviceable & Substandard Type I Unicellular Plastic Foam Life Preservers – May 24, 2005
  • Safety Alert 01-05: GPS Receiver Manually-Entered Position Offsets May Cause Safety Hazard When Interconnected To Navigation Devices – February 4, 2005 ***Applies to Furuno model GP80 & GP90 receivers***
  • Safety Alert 05-04: Life Jacket Snap Hooks – May 5, 2004 ***Applies to Jim Buoy models 601 & SO-1 (SOLAS) for adults***

U.S.C.G. Lessons Learned

Index of U.S.C.G. Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB’s)

  • Click here. These are not to be confused with the Marine Safety Alerts above, which are generally of a much more urgent nature.

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