Coast Guard vessel exams set for Sept. 12-18

Cordova Harbor. (Aug. 24, 2021) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez will visit Cordova from Sept. 12-18 to conduct annual commercial fishing vessel dockside examinations on a limited basis.

Organizers encouraged interested members of the public to schedule an appointment in advance for these no-charge, no-fault exams.

Coast Guard regulations require that all fire extinguishers on board are subject to maintenance and inspections. Non-rechargeable extinguishers require annual maintenance performed by the vessel owner and must be replaced after 12 years.

Rechargeable extinguishers require annual maintenance by a certified or licensed person. All extinguishers also require a tamper proof seal installed and a serving tag or inspection checklist to record the last 12 monthly inspections.

Organizers encouraged fishermen to long on to www.fishsafewest.info and make use of an online “checklist generator.” This application accepts input on a fishing vessel, such as length, persons on board, and where it operates, and generates a list of requirements that apply to that specific fishing vessel. Using this application allows vessel owners to know exactly what Coast Guard dockside examiners will look for in advance.

Mariners wishing to complete this annual exam in Cordova can contact Marine Safety Unit Valdez by Sept. 10 via telephone at 907-795-5885. Information required to schedule exams includes preferred date and time, slip number, type of vessel, length, tonnage, name and owner contact information.