Coast Guard inspectors keeping dinner safe

BALTIMORE - Marine inspectors from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore review a dinner cruise ship's records, licensing and documentation during an annual inspection in Washington, D.C., at 10:01 a.m., Feb. 8, 2011. Inspections are done annually to ensure the vessel's compliance with federal regulations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill.

BALTIMORE - Marine inspectors from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore review a dinner cruise ship's records, licensing and documentation during an annual inspection in Washington, D.C. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Brandyn Hill.

BALTIMORE – Marine inspectors from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore conducted annual inspections on four dinner cruise vessels on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

Coast Guard regulated vessels are inspected annually to ensure compliance with federal regulations.

An annual inspection consists of reviewing documentation, conducting drills and inspecting the material condition of the vessel and its equipment.

Marine inspectors review the ship’s logs, security plan, safety equipment and licensing to ensure the vessel is maintaining the proper documentation and has the necessary equipment on board to operate safely.

After reviewing the documentation, inspectors run the vessel’s crew through a series of drills to test their security procedures, fire fighting capabilities, life saving abilities and equipment throughout the vessel.

Finally, the inspectors walk, crawl and slide throughout various areas of the ship to inspect the condition of the hull and machinery. Once the inspection is complete and no unsafe conditions exist, a Coast Guard certificate of inspection is renewed, enabling the vessel to operate for another year.

The safety inspection of merchant vessels documented under the flag of the United States has been authorized in varying degrees by Congress and required by law since 1838. The Steamboat Inspection Service was created for the safeguarding of lives and property at sea.

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