Statement to the Sailing Ship Community Regarding the USCG Report on the sinking of BOUNTY
Tall Ships America has reviewed the USCG report released on 6-12-14. Its findings of fact, analysis, and conclusions are consistent with our understanding of the events leading up to the loss and the loss itself. We wish to offer our appreciation to CDR Carroll and his team for their thorough, professional, and sensitive management of their investigation. Furthermore, we wish to extend our most sincere and heartfelt thanks for the great courage and skill of the Coast Guard members who took part in the rescue the BOUNTY crew.
We fully endorse recommendations set forth in CAPT Burton’s letter of 2 May 2014. Tall Ships America will take action consistent with the ones that are directed to our attention.
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Tall Ships America has been pro-active on this front for many years, well before the BOUNTY tragedy. Our Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, our annual International Safety Forum, Regional Meetings, and various member communications have presented workshops, discussion forums, expert presentations, and informational updates addressing Safety Management Systems, Bridge Resource Management, risk assessment models, organizational best practices, heavy weather systems and forecasting, crew training, and other relevant topics. Experts from the Coast Guard, the National Weather Service, National Transportation Safety Board and other recognized safety authorities frequently contribute to and participate in these discussions, and we continue to welcome their expertise.
The loss of BOUNTY has certainly caused the sailing ship community to focus on these issues to an even higher degree. In concert with the Coast Guard, Tall Ships America will strive to do all we can to avoid another such tragedy. We appreciate the high level of cooperation that has been forthcoming from many facets of the Coast Guard, and we look forward to continuing this cooperative effort.
We suggest that all vessel operators and administrators read the report and recommendations, and consider the implications for safety management in your own operations. These topics, so vitally important to the safety of every mariner, trainee, and student involved in our ships will continue to be discussed and processed in Tall Ships America meetings and communications. Similarly, we encourage you to keep the discussion of safety and the reach for best practices as a dynamic and active process, fundamental to your operational management and success.
The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public and support education under sail.