Marine Operations | Small Boat Fleet Safety
SAFETY AND STANDARD OPERATION PROCEDURE
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment SMALL BOAT FLEET
A. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
1. A nationally recognized training program provided by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power Squadron, or local state agencies is required to be completed.
2. A local course is provided at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Lewes.
3. Proof of a recent recognized course or equivalent is accepted.
1. An operational review is required for all new users, prior to use, to familiarize individuals with sign-out and operation of College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment' boats.
2. A two-hour orientation is provided once a small boat course is completed, including launching and retrieving.
A period of one season of experience is required to sign out and be in charge of any small boat.
1. Personnel/Manning – A Float Plan is required to be completed. Also, a shore side contact who has been informed of trip details and estimated time of return, such as an Advisor/Faculty Member or another student, is required. A copy of the Float Plan with full details is to be left with the contact person, the Assistant Director of Marine Operations, MOB Administrative Assistant, and Public Safety.
2. At least two persons are required to be on board at all times.
3. When using a personally owned vehicle (POV), UD will only provide excess coverage for the POV or driver (if not the POV owner) who becomes the primary carrier as stated in UD Financial Policy Number 3-01, rev. July 1, 2005.
When using a University vehicle, refer to UD Safety & Security Policy number 7-17.
1. All onboard equipment required by the United States Coast Guard is to be checked prior to each departure using the check list on the Float Plan.
Non-swimmers must wear a PFD at all times.
PFDs must be worn when any over-the-side operations are conducted.
VHF radios are kept onboard on each small boat.
Weather forecast must be checked prior to departure and conditions monitored for sudden changes.
E. RAMP USAGE
1. Only authorized users will have access for use and will be supplied a key from UD Public Safety to unlock the chain across the top of the ramp at the Marine Operations area.
2. Ramp is not available for use on Coast Day weekend, first Sunday in October, except for emergencies.
3. All users, except those on University business or projects, use the ramp at their own risk. All non-business users will complete a CEOE Hold Harmless agreement available from Art Sundberg.