Policy and Operational Changes
As part of our ongoing commitment to safety and proficiency of our operators, The Coastal Ocean Institute will be implementing some changes to our small boat operators’ training.
o We will be adding several components to the FLOAT PLAN that will specify the jobs of the “crew” members onboard. This will help clarify the responsibilities AND focus of the personnel onboard. For example, it will no longer be possible for the operator (pilot) of the boat to be in charge of deck operations. These should be two different individuals, with two different sets of responsibilities. There will be a signature line on the FLOAT PLAN to be sure that the operator and crew understand their roles for the “cruise”.
o We need operators to be familiar with the operation of the vessels electronic instruments, so we are developing a 1 day class for operators that will cover RADAR, GPS/ chart plotter, and VHF radio protocols (“watch” channels, channel assignments, etiquette, etc.). This class will be required for MYTILUS operators and will be optional for CALANUS operators.
o To improve VHF communication capability, Mytilus and Calanus we will be outfitted with a second VHF radio. The sole objective of the primary radio will be to monitor boater calling and distress channels only; 9, 13, 16. The secondary radio will be designated for use with routine communications on ship-to-shore and intership channels
o Also we would like to reinforce that the FIRST responsibility of the operator is the safety of the crew and vessel.