Jan 8, 2019

BoatUSTowBoatUS Mystic Connecticut captain thanked from U.S. House floor

A sign of the times, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that it’s common for recreational boaters today to use cellphones to call during a boating emergency. While Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges every vessel to have a working VHF radio with DSC (digital selective calling), the nation’s recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group also recognizes that cellphones are firmly embedded in boaters’ lives. But what happens when a boater tries to call 911 for emergency or routine on water assistance? Will the call go to the closest, most relevant rescue agency for a swift response?

Watch the video here

Unfortunately that’s not always the case. But a provision in the recently passed Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization of Act of 2018 aims to improve reliability of the 911 system when recreational boaters need emergency help. In an effort to ensure timely dispatch of the closest potential rescue asset or on-water assistance provider, the Act requires the U.S. Coast Guard to review its policies and procedures to “formulate a national maritime Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) policy.” There are more than 6,000 PSAPs in the U.S. – local 24/7 call centers with trained dispatchers that receive 911 emergency telephone calls and route them to the proper emergency service.

“This effort will help minimize the possibility of maritime calls being improperly routed and to assure that the U.S. Coast Guard is able to effectively carry out its maritime search-and-rescue mission,” said Tina Cardone, executive director of the Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing (C-PORT). C-PORT members, made up of on-water towing industry companies from across the country, contributed to the legislative effort. This included TowBoatUS Mystic owner Capt. Jeff Dziedzic.

“This was a grass-roots effort by many and took years of working with U.S. Coast Guard and elected officials,” said Capt. Dziedzic. “We care about this because of our occasional role in responding to life-threating events as good Samaritans, as well as answering calls for more routine requests for assistance.”

In a video recently captured from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Capt. Dziedzic’s local congressman, thanked the captain for bringing the issue to his attention.

BoatUS also thanks the leadership of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.).

Additional TowBoatUS C-PORT members joining the effort included Capt. Chad Noetzel, TowBoatUS Port Huron, Michigan; Capt. Terry Hill, TowBoatUS Potomac, Virginia, Capt. Richard Paul, TowBoatUS Cape Coral, Florida; and Capt. Chris Shaffner, TowBoatUS Palm Beach, Florida.

Featured Articles

  • Prev
Following months of negotiations and meetings on the subject, Rick Layzell, CEO of Boating Ontario ...
The International Marine Institute (IMI), the training subsidiary of the Association of Marina ...
ABYC has partnered with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) ...
A new Canadian House of Commons International Trade Committee report finds that retaliatory tariffs ...
Climb aboard sailboats on display in the water and on land at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat ...
Bob Pappajohn, the owner of M&P Mercury received Boating Industry Canada’s Employer of Choice ...
At the 2019 Toronto International Boat Show, Canadian Yachting magazine editor Andy Adams had the ...
A revolutionary “assisted docking” system that provides a glimpse into the future of boating ...
Georgian College through their Midland, Ontario campus is offering a three-day ABYC Electrical ...
On Friday, January 18th in the Heritage Court at the Toronto International Boat Show, News Week ...

CANADIAN HOUSE OF COMMONS TRADE COMMITTEE REPORT HIGHLIGHTS IMPACT OF RETALIATORY TARIFFS, URGES SWIFT RESOLUTION

 

NMMA CanadaA new Canadian House of Commons International Trade Committee report finds that retaliatory tariffs are taking a toll on Canada’s economy and calls on the government to work with the U.S. on resolving the issue. The study – titled “Section 232 of the United States Trade Expansion Act: Implications of Tariffs for Canada” – includes specific mentions of the recreational boating industry’s hardships from aluminum and steel tariffs and subsequent retaliation measures – a key win for the industry, which NMMA Canada and the Provincial Marine Trade Associations helped secure through written submissions and advocacy efforts. The Canadian government now has 60 days to respond to the committee’s report.

Read More from Retaliatory Tarrifs...

 

Marine Products

  • Prev
As northern boat owners start taking off winter covers, their southern counterparts are deep into ...
Powerful amplifiers tend to be large and heavy. Not so with the new JBL by Harman multi-element, ...
Evinrude announced today the launch of a new addition to its line of color ...
TRīB Outdoors Tech has launched the first ever pressure gauge cap for inflatable SUP’s, RIB’s and ...
For Will and Sarah Curry, sailing the South Pacific was something they bonded over on their very ...
Weego, makers of portable jump starters has announced the launch of Crankenstein™ Jump Starting ...
E-Plex integrates all onboard electronic systems into a common shell, distributing the information ...
A consistent challenge that every boat owner faces is keeping their boat clean. It is an ...
“This is a very popular horsepower in Canada so there are a lot of boaters who will benefit from ...
Salt-X has become a new member of Boating Atlantic. The Salt-X product is a concentrated ...

People

  • Prev
Marine electronics pioneer Darrell Lowrance, 80, passed away Saturday morning after suffering a ...
Extremely popular and well respected for leading the reemergence of Iconic Marine's three ...
Raymarine's ClearCruise Augmented Reality (AR) system was chosen as the best marine ...
On January 27th in Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy, Boat International Media hosted the Superyacht Design ...
West Marine, the world’s largest boating supply retailer, has hired retail executive Ken ...
Groupe Beneteau is announcing Christophe Lavigne’s appointment as President of US brands Four ...
Weems & Plath President Peter Trogdon has announced a “Change of Watch” at the company he ...
North Sails are pleased to announce that Robert Greenhalgh has joined the team. A key hire ...
We are delighted to tell you that Les Sparks is celebrating his 45th anniversary with Mercury ...