Coast Guard Encourages Preventative Measures for Moored and Anchored Vessels

The Coast Guard encourages owners and operators of vessels anchored or moored in cold weather to conduct preventative maintenance in anticipation of severe winter weather conditions.

The Coast Guard is providing this information to the public after responding to three vessels which sank at their docks, while moored, due to heavy rains.

Pollution violations caused by sunken vessels could result in fines and salvage costs. A maximum civil penalty of $40,000 per day or up to three times the cost incurred by the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund may be assessed.

To prevent the sinking of a vessel, the Coast Guard recommends boaters:

  • Check local weather forecasts frequently. Be aware that storms can come up quickly and without warning.
  • Cover and secure your boat. Heavy rains can flood boats causing them to sink in extreme cases.
  • Check the shaft packing for excess leakage.
  • Perform routine checks for signs of loose or deteriorating planks on wooden hulled vessels.
  • Conduct a routine inspection of your automatic bilge pump.
  • Visually inspect all thru-hull fittings for damage or loose connections.
  • Remove all unnecessary fuel, designate a caretaker, and leave contact information with the harbormaster if you are planning to be away for an extended period of time.

These simple steps can prevent damage to the environment and personal property while limiting man hours and taxpayer dollars spent on avoidable incidents.

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