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The Coast Guard has requested Auxiliary Vessel Examiners to assist them in carrying out safety examinations on the boats BP is hiring to carry out missions caused by the oil spill.  If you can join us tomorrow morning and perhaps any day this week, please contact me by e-mail, , for details.

We plan to meet tomorrow morning at 0730 in the lobby of the Freeport McMoran Building, 1615 Poydras St.   The building is directly across the street from the Superdome.  Your parking will be taken care of.

Besides helping the Coast Guard and your State, you will be allowed with this training and experience to challenge for the CFVE Certification.  You will be assigned as a trainee with other qualified examiners tomorrow until qualified.   I have been told qualification can be obtained this week.

Please join us tomorrow if your schedule allows.  The uniform will be ODU’s.  But, I also suggest cool civilian pants, shirt and hat be brought along just in case.

Thank you,

Jim Liverett, DCDR

Orion, a Visual Distress Signal (flare) manufacturer, has a safety awareness program which offers points toward free products for Vessel Examiners.

See the attached pdf files to see how to qualify!

Orion Safety Awareness Program

Saved by the Signal

Contact:  Jay Culotta
Public Affairs Officer – Flotilla 081-04-02


April 5, 2010


Free Vessel Safety Checks Saturday, April 10th in Madisonville

By Jay Culotta
Flotilla 4-2 8CR USCGAUX

Vessel Examiners from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-04-02 (Northlake) will conduct Free Vessel Safety Checks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madisonville Boat Launch at the mouth of the Tchefuncte River on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

These checks are to help ensure the safety of the vessels and occupants and to educate the operators — NOT to issue citations. The vessel owner receives a copy of the checklist to help correct the missing, incorrect or non-working items and the only other person who sees this is the Vessel Examiner himself. This inspection is NOT reported to any law enforcement or related authority.

Among the items checked during an inspection are the presence of accessible, serviceable life jackets, proper registration and numbering, functioning navigation lights, fire extinguishers and distress signals, such as flares and a horn. If missing or not operating correctly, any of the above could result in a citation if inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard, La. Wildlife and Fisheries or the St. Tammany Sheriff’s patrol — but not from the USCG Auxiliary. If the vessel passes the inspection, it receives a 2010 orange decal.

If the vessel does not pass the inspection, the owner/operator simply needs to notify the original Vessel Examiner when corrections have been made and he will come to the vessel at your convenience to check the missing items and issue the decal.

Those people who are not available for this Saturday’s inspections can contact Jay Culotta at 985-845-9366 or at email to to schedule an inspection.