Rig Inspection


The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing availability of NVIC 02-16 – Inspection Guidance for Sail Rigging and Masts on Inspected Sailing Vessels. 81 Fed. Reg. 23001

Here is the document, for your reading pleasure (PDF)

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Dear ASTA members,

As you know, the ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee has been working with the US Coast Guard to create an ASTA-specific rig inspection protocol. This would allow member vessels to inspect their own sailing rigs and with effective implementation of this protocol, avoid unnecessary CG requirements for third-party rig inspections. While this protocol is still in draft form and has not been formally approved by USCG Headquarters, guidance from senior people in Washington is to begin to employ this protocol immediately. Again, this is not an approved system, but the Coast Guard has it, likes it, and is encouraging us to use it. The sooner you employ the system in your vessel the longer your paper trail will be. USCG Marine Inspectors are aware of this system and will be asking you about it.

Take the below document, edit it with detail sufficient to your sailing rig, and happy rig inspecting.

Best,

The ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee

RIG PROTOCOL FOR ASTA MEMBERSHIP-INTERIM FINAL (pdf)

RIG PROTOCOL FOR ASTA MEMBERSHIP-INTERIM FINAL (Word)

Recently, ASTA has been working to develop recommended procedures for conducting rig inspections.  We are doing this at the invitation of the USCG, intending that this could provide an alternative to their imposition of a REQUIREMENT that operators hire independent third party inspectors to inspect their rigs

  This is important to all inspected vessel operators – the results of our discussion may potentially have lasting impact on the USCG inspection process as it pertains to sailing rigs.

For those staying for the Safety Forum tomorrow, click below for the PDF of the Rig Inspection Protocol which will be covered during the session.  This is important to all inspected vessel operators – the results of our discussion may potentially have lasting impact on the USCG inspection process as it pertains to sailing rigs.We look forward to Members’ thoughts and reactions during the safety Forum on 7 November. 

Rig Inspection Protocol