NEWS ITEMS 2013
11-11-2013 - The Inflatable Life Jacket Report deadline of Nov 15th is rapidly approaching and a minimum of squadrons have reported. D3 and D28 are 100% at this time. Check your District and Squadron here: www.usps.org/national/vsc/
10-10-2013 - Some data sheets are removed due to complaints of possible privacy problems.
09-03-2013 - The supply of 2013 VSC Decals is exhausted at HQ USPS. There are still over 17,000 decals in the field with District and Squadron Chairs and individual VE's. Any spare decals should be shipped to Lena Padro at HQ USPS in an appropriate padded envelope.
09-03-2013 - Since there were NO entries for the 'VSC Contest' for the free trip (air fare and accommo-
dations) to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands is cancelled as of this date.
08-31-2013 - Nov 30th will be the last day for recording VSC information by VEs for the 2013 VSC Awards. All VSCs conducted and recorded after 30 Nov will NOT be considered for awards.
08-21-2013 - VE questions authority to do a VSC on Canadian registered vessels while on vacation. It is not authorized. Check the reg, Chapter 1, page 4, left column titled 'Vessels Not Eligible For Vessel Safety Check:' (click here)
08-09-2013 - Coast Guard seeks to change PFD (Life Jacket) type codes
08-09-2013 - U.S. Coast Guard Aux and the USPS MOU-MOA Implementation Plan (Click Here)
08-09-2013 -The National On-Water Standards Team, funded by USCG grants, is seeking input from recreational paddling and rowing educators across the nation on a first-round set of standards to be used to assess the performance of Human propelled boating skills at the entry level. Following the survey, the standards will be updated to reflect input from paddlers and rowers nationwide and eventually validated and updated though a national field-testing program. (Click here)
08-08-2013 -The US CG Aux
08-05 -2013 - Links to updated USCG Aux information for VEs
1. Updated fire extinguishers information for VSCs (click here)
08-05-2013 - Links to USCG 'For Safety's Sake' Newsletter(click here)
07-26-2013 - VEs can change their Zip Code when moving from northern to southern locations and vice-versa for the purpose of the 'I Want A VSC' location identifier. Just have a District or Squadron rep with a password to DB2000 enter the Zip Code change into the DB2000 data base. The change will be in effect within 7 days. Remember to change it back when you return home.
06-30-2013 - PHMSA Orders Recall of Cylinders Manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company
07-01-2013 - Where have all the decals gone?
Removed due to possible privacy items being exposed such as address/phone.
06-4-2013 - MARPOL RULES UPDATE
Guide For Marpol Sticker Requirement (click here)
If the vessel is required to have a MARPOL Placard and has none, the examiner may give the boater one and then just mark the 7012 as N/A rather than fail them.
05-22-2013 - USCG Identifies Possible Inappropriate Navigation Lights (click here)
05-07-2013 - Very important Decal information for all (click here)
04-08-2013 - CG Alert on SPD ( Surge Prevention Devices) (click here)
Possible conterfeit Fire Extinguishers
MARCH 21, 2013 —The U.S. Coast Guard Inspections and Compliance Directorate has issued a Marine Safety Alert saying that the Coast Guard has recently become aware of counterfeits of U.S. Coast Guard approved portable fire extinguishers manufactured by Amerex Corporation and Buckeye Fire
Equipment. (Click Here)
Did you know that all PC browsers will enlarge or shrink pages by pressing Control and either + (plus) or - (minus) keys?
Thanks to Cdr Linda White, Great Blue Hill Sail and Power
Squadron for this note.
UPDATED - 4-02-2013 -
West Marine has updated their Vessel Safety Discount Coupon for 2013
3-25-2013 - A US CG Aux qualified VEs who is also a USPS Member, can be entered into USPS VE qualified data base as members.
Note 1: USPS Safety/VSC Policy, Section G (click here)
Note 2: VE Qualifications (click here)
3-13-2013 - Get involved with the Youth Poster Contest (click here)
2-28-2013 - Did you know there is an FAQ section building up here for you to view (click here)
2-22-2013 - MARPOL Information ( Click Here )
The 2012 Inflatable Life Jacket Report is again being forwarded to the US CG as incomplete/lacking in totals. (click here)
Fire Extinguisher Info For VEs Update by ANSUL Technical Bulletin #45 (click here)
The US CG Current Manual for VSCs and the Errata Updates (Note: The manual is being updated during 2013 so check here for any new manual news or links)
The USCG has come out with the 2013 VEPV
Workshops. Although not specifically annotated for USPS, they are very
applicable and useful for up to date training in USPS Districts and
Squadrons. There are 5 modules and an Instructor Guide.
The stored new guidance for MARPOL trash placards will NOT impact
the placards you folks supply to our members. Specifically the placards
you are now supplying are 45+ square inches so it already satisfies the
requirement for them to be no less than 40 square inches rather than 36
as is currently the requirement.
12-13-2012 Link to VSC Training Power
Click Here )
Nearing the end of the
2012 reporting year
and here is a wrap-up of decal use and a recommendation for decals in
Can we do a VSC on a Paddle Board ? CG Aux says yes
Get your 2013 Inflatable Life Jacket Report Info and Reporting Form Right Here (click)
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