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USCG Division of Boating Safety Report


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Presentation includes accident reporting and statistics, life jacket wear projects, boating under the influence initiatives, the Vessel Identification System, legislative issues on reauthorization of the Trust Fund and mandatory education, regulatory projects on propeller strike avoidance measures and numbering of vessels, and the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

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USCG Division of Boating Safety Report

  1. 1. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators 2008 Annual Conference Clearwater Beach, Florida CAPT Mark Rizzo, Chief USCG, Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety
  2. 2. Coast Guard Headquarters – Reorganization <ul><li>October 2007 – first phase of “modernization” of Coast Guard Headquarters. </li></ul><ul><li>Many offices reorganized to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. </li></ul><ul><li>Office of Boating Safety and Office of Auxiliary combined into new Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety (CG-542) </li></ul><ul><li>Office Chief also serves as Chief Director of Auxiliary and Executive Director of NBSAC </li></ul>
  3. 5. CG-542 Organization Chart CG-542 Office Chief O-6 CHIDIRAUX NBSAC Exec. Dir. Auxiliary Division Chief O-5 CG05421 Boating Safety Division Chief GS-15 CG-5422 Administration Branch GS-14 CG-54211 Program Ops. Branch GS-15 CG-54222 Operations Branch O-4 CG-54212 Rec. Boating Product Assurance Branch GS-15 CG-54223 Program Mgt. Branch GS-15 CG-54221
  4. 6. National RBS Program Strategic Plan Update
  5. 7. Registered Vessels and Deaths 1962-2007
  6. 8. <ul><li>RBS Performance Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Specific targets for numbers of casualties (injuries and deaths) set per year through the year 2011. (Measured on a fiscal year and a calendar year basis.) </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>RBS Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Boating safety education certificates issued (students certified) annually; </li></ul><ul><li>Boating public’s awareness of safe boating practices; </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>RBS Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals completing an advanced boating education course or an on-the-water skill course; </li></ul><ul><li>Increase adult life jacket wear-rate in open motorboats; </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>RBS Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce deaths due to navigation rules violations ; </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in the number of casualties where alcohol use was a cause ; </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>RBS Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease the recreational boat manufacturer ratio of discrepancies per inspection (~2,000 factory visits/year) ; </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance with equipment carriage requirements; </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>RBS Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance accident data accuracy and completeness. Ensure investigator reports are complete and accurate; and </li></ul><ul><li>Determine a participation denominator for boating activity to measure risk levels. </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>RBS Sub-tier Goal </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the impact of grant programs in achieving the goals of the strategic plan. </li></ul>
  13. 15. National RBS Program Strategic Plan <ul><li>Implementation going well, with many measures taking place or soon to take place. </li></ul><ul><li>19 Partner Organizations have signed Plan! </li></ul><ul><li>Official Report for the Plan available at </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>RBS Performance Goal </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>2007 statistics indicate some successes and some work to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Casualty goals were not achieved, primarily due to a significant increase in injuries. </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>RBS Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturer compliance objective not achieved, but progress made. </li></ul><ul><li>While not final, it appears that life jacket wear rate of 4.63% for adults on open motorboats was achieved. </li></ul>
  16. 18. National RBS Program Strategic Plan THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS A Common Vision For All RBS Partners
  17. 19. Statistics
  18. 20. 2007 Recreational Boating Market Estimates and Accidents <ul><li>Market Estimates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>83.6 Million recreational boaters (age 16+) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12.8 Million state registered boats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Millions more unregistered boats (canoes, kayaks, etc. - 4 to 8 million?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recreational boating has an economic impact of ~$106 Billion annually and provides ~900,000 U.S. jobs </li></ul></ul>
  19. 21. 2007 Recreational Boating Market Estimates and Accidents <ul><li>Reported CY 2007 Boating Accidents: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5,191 boating accidents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>685 deaths (2004: 676 deaths = record low) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3,673 injuries (2004: 3,363 injuries = record low) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$53.1 million in property damage </li></ul></ul>
  20. 22. 2007 Boating Statistics Report <ul><li>2007 data published in June 2008 – the earliest this Report has been published in 15 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal to publish Report by early May each year for marketing purposes. </li></ul>
  21. 23. Life Jackets – Creating a Culture Change
  22. 24. National JSI Measurement of Life Jacket Wear <ul><li>Annual observation study. </li></ul><ul><li>JSI initiated measurement in 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall wear rate has varied insignificantly from year to year between 21.3% (low-1999) and 23.9% (high-1998). </li></ul><ul><li>2007 wear rate – 21.4% (with PWCs). </li></ul><ul><li>2007 adult rate without PWCs – 8.5% </li></ul>
  23. 25. National JSI Measurement of Life Jacket Wear <ul><li>2007 - A bright spot: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase in wear rate for ages 6-12 on all boats, excluding PWC. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008 - Update: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observations are completed. Preliminary results expected soon. </li></ul></ul>
  24. 26. California “Wear It” Project <ul><li>2006 Pre-test results: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult wear rate 6.3%. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2007 First year implementation results: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult wear rate 12.3%. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008 - Update: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observations are completed. Preliminary results from JSI expected soon. </li></ul></ul>
  25. 27. USCGA & USPS Vessel Examiners Wear Inflatable Life Jackets <ul><li>CG-542 has purchased 10,000 inflatable life jackets. </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution to USCGA & USPS processed. </li></ul><ul><li>Being worn during vessel safety checks & encouraged to wear at displays & classes. </li></ul>
  26. 28. State Officers Wearing Life Jackets <ul><li>Setting a positive example and creating a culture change. </li></ul><ul><li>Many states already require their officers to wear a life jacket when on the water. </li></ul><ul><li>NASBLA encouraging all states to adopt this requirement – See Small Craft Advisory. </li></ul>
  27. 29. Life Jacket Wear USACE Project <ul><li>U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District has required everyone onboard vessels <16’ in length to wear life jackets since early 1990’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Limited enforcement of requirement, and no measurement of effectiveness conducted. </li></ul><ul><li>USACE implementing new test for requiring life jacket wear – coordinating with USCG & states. </li></ul>
  28. 30. Life Jacket Wear USACE Project <ul><li>Selected sites include northern Mississippi (boats <26’) and SW Pennsylvania (boats <16’). </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania already has this requirement in law; Mississippi does not, but will support this project by informing the public. </li></ul><ul><li>Completing a wear rate study and a participation study. </li></ul>
  29. 31. Mandatory Education
  30. 32. As of April 14, 2008 States Requiring Motorboat Operator or PWC Proof of Certification Education Req – Birthday-based Short-Term Phase-In & May Require Operator’s License DC Ed Req – PWCs Only for Certain Ages Only or Rentals Only Education Req – Certain Ages Only (Usually preteens &/or teens &/or young adults only) Note that each state has unique requirements that may impact different age operators. VI PR AS GU CM 1/1/83 1/1/89 1/1/89 1/1/82 1/1/82 12/31/86 7/1/72 DE 1/1/78 RI 1/1/86 VT 1/2/74 8/29/84 1/2/89 1/1/86 1/2/88 6/30/80 7/2/72 MB >18 YOA Passed 3/9/06 Phased in by 7/1/2016 Phased in by 4/28/99 8/94 PWC 14 YOA Hawaii 1/1/05 thrill craft / PWC Phased in by 6/1/09 Phased in by 1/1/2016 phased in by 10/23/09 PWC 16-17 YOA PWC 16-17 YOA PWC Rental Requirements No Boating Education Requirements NH Phased in by 1/1/08 Phased in by 10/1/97
  31. 33. States Reciprocity – Acceptance of NASBLA Approved Certificates for Motorboats only Honors NASBLA approved certificates for non-residents No Reciprocity with any state DC <ul><li>One or more may apply: </li></ul><ul><li>If taught in a classroom setting. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be a proctored exam. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be issued by a state agency and NASBLA Approved </li></ul>Note: each state may have unique requirements that may impact different age operators for motorboats and PWC use . VI PR AS GU CM No Motorboating Education requirements Source consulted: NASBLA Reference Guide April 08
  32. 34. Mandatory Education Proposal <ul><li>Spring 2004 NBSAC resolution advising USCG to seek legislation authorizing USCG to promulgate mandatory education regulations. </li></ul><ul><li>USCG/Administration sent legislative change proposal to Hill to do this in early 2006 & early 2007. </li></ul>
  33. 35. Mandatory Education Proposal <ul><li>Proposals failed probably because of misperception, confusing terminology, concern over possible future CG direction. </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2007 NBSAC resolution advised USCG to continue work on legislation for federal mandatory education & to create workgroup. </li></ul>
  34. 36. Mandatory Education Proposal <ul><li>NBSAC workgroup met December 3, 2007. 13 organizations represented. </li></ul><ul><li>USCG legislative change proposal has been rewritten and is going through final clearance at this time. </li></ul>
  35. 37. Mandatory Education Workgroup Recommendations <ul><li>Many recommendations from workgroup: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t include an operator identification requirement in this safety legislation; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply to motorboats only; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reciprocity nationwide; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grace period for new boat purchases; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced requirement for renters; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readily available education options (on-line included) </li></ul></ul>
  36. 38. Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund
  37. 39. RBS Funding <ul><li>2005 Reauthorization Provided More $: </li></ul><ul><li>RBS now receives 18.5% of Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund revenues instead of prior $64 M per year </li></ul><ul><li>FY 05 State Grants - $56 M </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonprofit grants ~ $2.9 M </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FY 08 State Grants $122M </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonprofit grants ~ $6+ M </li></ul></ul>
  38. 40. BOATING (Total - $385,702,000) Motorboat Fuel Tax - $365,001,000 Boat Safety Acct. - $17,139,000 Elec. Outboard Motor Tax - $3,562,000 FY07 Receipts FY08 Distribution Current as of 2-28-08
  39. 41. SFRBTF Reauthorization <ul><li>SFRBTF Authorization Expires End of FY 09 </li></ul><ul><li>Coast Guard has developed a legislative proposal (LCP) for the reauthorization and enhanced funding of the RBS program. </li></ul><ul><li>LCP drawn from NBSAC resolution, NASBLA/AFWA proposal, and other input. </li></ul><ul><li>LCP going through final internal clearance now. </li></ul>
  40. 42. SFRBTF Reauthorization <ul><li>Once LCP clears Coast Guard review, then it goes to DHS for clearance. </li></ul><ul><li>If LCP clears DHS, then it goes to OMB, who shares it with other departments for comment. </li></ul><ul><li>If LCP clears other departments/OMB, then it’s forwarded to the Hill for consideration as an add-on to Coast Guard Authorization Bill. </li></ul>
  41. 43. SFRBTF Reauthorization <ul><li>NASBLA, AFWA and other boating interests working together to established collaborative legislation proposal. </li></ul><ul><li>Coast Guard and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service providing technical assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>Together, the expected results are positive! </li></ul>
  42. 44. Vessel Identification System
  43. 45. Vessel Identification System (VIS) <ul><li>VIS became operational late September 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>23 states and territories have submitted signed MOAs, and 6 more are being completed now. </li></ul><ul><li>State participation essential to make VIS effective as a law enforcement and maritime security strategy. </li></ul>
  44. 46. Which States Have Signed Their MOAs for VIS? DC VI PR AS GU CM 23 30 3 States with barriers to participation MOAs not yet signed MOAs signed As of 8/13/08 * * * * * *
  45. 47. National Boating Survey
  46. 48. National Boating Survey <ul><li>Survey awaiting final approval from OMB, and acquisition process underway for getting a contractor to implement survey. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking a 5-year contract to cover first 3 surveys – every other year. </li></ul><ul><li>Winter 2008/2009 implementation. </li></ul>
  47. 49. Propeller Strike Avoidance
  48. 50. Propeller Strike Avoidance <ul><li>30+ deaths per year and hundreds of injuries </li></ul><ul><li>Special work group coordinated by ABYC to develop prop guard performance standard </li></ul><ul><li>Proposals supported by NBSAC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulation for cut-off switch installation and use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulation for operator to turn engine off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education package for rentals </li></ul></ul>
  49. 51. Propeller Strike Avoidance <ul><li>Initial education package for rentals discussed and distributed at IBWSS in San Diego, CA. </li></ul><ul><li>Researching data to use for work plans for regulatory projects for cut-off switch installation and use, and for operator to turn engine off. </li></ul><ul><li>ABYC in phase 2 of 3 for developing performance standards for “prop guard” type devices. </li></ul>
  50. 52. Hull Identification Number
  51. 53. 17-Character Hull Identification Number Proposal from NBSAC <ul><li>Federal Register Notice requesting comments posted on March 17, 2008. Period extended on NASBLA & NMMA request. </li></ul><ul><li>Input vital to doing defendable cost/benefit analysis. </li></ul>
  52. 54. 17-Character Hull Identification Number Proposal from NBSAC <ul><li>Decision between survey vs. study for completing cost/benefit analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>Potential candidates for completing study being identified now, with desire to initiate study in near future. </li></ul>
  53. 55. Exciting New PWC Technology
  54. 56. I ntelligent B rake and R everse (iBR)
  55. 57. iControl – The Brain <ul><li>Intelligent – Higher level of sophistication improves riding experience </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated – All systems work together </li></ul>Cruise VTS Neutral Slow idle Many additional new features
  56. 58. Intelligent Brake and Reverse <ul><li>Improve maneuverability by offering a brake and reverse lever install on the steering to decelerate the boat </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic neutral position when activating and releasing brake lever </li></ul><ul><li>Neutral position when starting </li></ul><ul><li>Braking effect </li></ul><ul><li>Better system to avoid obstacle </li></ul>
  57. 59. Release throttle only for reference boat. Release throttle and apply iBR brake. N.B.: These trajectories aren’t official test results. 100 ft iBR Test Results
  58. 60. Release throttle and turn; and brake for iBR boat. N.B.: These trajectories aren’t official test results. iBR Test Results
  59. 61. QUESTIONS