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Interpreting Marine GPS Data

By Hendrik J. Keijer
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A version of this article was published in the ABA TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Spring 2022 Newsletter. The PDF is available for download at the link on the side of this page. GPS units and…

Boat Party Injury: Expert Investigation

By Kyle McAvoy
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In this article, Naval Architect and Marine Safety Expert Kyle McAvoy (Captain, USCG – Retired) shares details from a forensic investigation involving an individual who broke his neck after…

Distribution of Vessel Occupants and Loads

By Hendrik J. Keijer
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Failure to properly distribute the weight load on boats, including where your occupants are located, can have catastrophic consequences. Overloading, or improperly loading, a boat may lead to…

See & Be Seen: Tips for Small Boats on Crowded Waters

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
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Collisions between non-powered recreational watercraft (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, etc.) and faster, wind or motor powered vessels can be catastrophic for passengers in the slower vessel. Any…

Parasailing Safety

By Kyle McAvoy
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Parasailing as a recreational activity began in as an outgrowth of an activity called “parascending;” a land-based activity used to teach people how to parachute without having to use an…

Marine Carbon Monoxide & Fire Detection Systems

By Hendrik J. Keijer
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All vessels, from small recreational boats to large ocean going ships, have safety systems onboard designed to reduce and/or eliminate the likelihood and consequential severity of exposure to…

Risk Management Aboard Vessels: Boating Safety

By Hendrik J. Keijer
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In this piece, the focus is on Boating Safety Education and the importance of a pre-departure Safety Briefing. Good seamanship requires Captains, vessel operators and owners to have mitigation and…

Preserving Marine GPS Data

By Robson Forensic
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In this article, the digital forensics experts at Robson Forensic discuss the use of GPS data within marine disputes. The discussion includes the proper collection, preservation, and analysis of data.…

Visibility Factors in Small Boat Collisions Research

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
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This study examined powered craft operators’ ability to identify a kayak under differing visibility conditions. The kayaker was either wearing a dark PFD or a fluorescent shirt over the PFD, and…