Coast Guard Sector Anchorage to offer dockside safety checks in Nome

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Anchorage prevention personnel are scheduled to visit Nome, Wednesday through Friday, to promote maritime safety and environmental protection during the 2014 gold dredging season.

The Coast Guard will offer voluntary dockside safety checks to reduce an operator’s chances of incurring penalties if boarded by the Coast Guard during mining operations.

Interested operators will be able to sign up through the Harbormaster’s Office.

“The Coast Guard is committed to ensuring boaters in Alaska are prepared during the gold dredging season,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dan Buchsbaum, Inspections Division chief at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “Vessel operators should be aware of the safety requirements for gold dredge vessel operations in coastal waters and dockside safety checks will assist in our goal to keep boaters safe.”

The Voluntary Dredge Safety Check Safety Equipment Examination checklist, a pamphlet detailing Federal Boating Safety Requirements, and State of Alaska Boaters Handbook can be found at http://ift.tt/1o6m4rB.

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