St Helens Marine Rescue to the Rescue after dark Thursday January 30th. Rodney, JD and Ken launched RV Georges Bay at Burns Bay on their way to an emergency at The Gardens in the Bay of Fires. A yacht had lost its mast and had rigging tangled around the prop. At 2125 hours they passed Elephant Rock in 2 – 3 metre seas powered by 30 knot SE winds. At 2200 hours they rendezvoused with the yacht 2 nautical miles north of The Gardens and 1 nautical mile out to sea after requesting those on board to anchor in 40 metre water and set off a flare. The occupants on the yacht abandoned ship via a rubber dinghy where the crew of RV Georges Bay took them on board. Both crew members were cold & wet. Once on board they were stowed in the forward cabin wrapped in woollen blankets. At 2310 hours RV Georges Bay returned to Burns Bay where TasPol took the yacht crew to warm and secure accommodation in St Helens. The crew of RV Georges Bay eventually signed off at 0100 hours and retired home for a well earned rest.
All commercial operators in the North east are invited to the AMSA Safety Management System (SMS) Workshop commencing at 10:00 am on the 5th of November.
Please find attached a flyer for the upcoming Safety Management System workshops in Tasmania.
I encourage you to come along to learn about your SMS obligations and how to improve the safety of your operation.
date, AMSA has taken a more educative approach to safety management
system (SMS) compliance but is now issuing deficiencies and compliance
notices where operators do not have an SMS, or
their SMS does not meet AMSA’s requirements.
Common issues that our Marine Inspectors come across include:
lack of, or poor risk assessments,
operators not following their SMS,
lack of evidence of crew training and induction,
lack of regular SMS review,
and even a lack of SMS altogether (you can expect a Prohibition Notice if this is found for your operation)
workshops will cover the benefits of having a successful SMS for your
operation, how you can improve your SMS, as well as what AMSA looks for
when checking your SMS. Whilst the workshops
focus more on Class 3 operators, all operators and crew are welcome. If
you have someone such as a partner or friend who helps you with your
SMS please encourage them to attend also.
Today St Helens Marine Rescue carried out the 35th escort for the 2018/19 summer. Crewed by Darren, Geoff and John a beautiful 50 foot cruiser by the name of Tick Tock requested assistance to cross the bar for a refuelling stop.
Crewman Geoff took a fabulous video of proceedings and edited them into a wonderful presentation. This can be found on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/KPa8qUdrqW4
Georges Bay was resplendent, the weather beautiful. As they say in St Helens, “Beautiful one day, perfect the next.”