Our environment, community and security is at risk when it comes to Tugboat Companies that escort Cargo Ships and Fuel Oil Barges within the busy Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach California. Some Tugboat companies choose to severely reduce crewing levels on Tugboats to only a 2 person crew while escorting Cargo Ships and transporting Barges loaded with thousands of gallons of fuel oil used to fuel ships for their next leg of their voyage. While performing these complex tasks, some companies choose to operate with only 1 Captain onboard the tugboat by his or herself to navigate our busy harbors, while the Deckhand boards the Fuel Oil Barge to serve lookout duties and provide the Captain valuable information about any impeding traffic or other hazards while navigating inside our busy harbors. This practice of leaving the Captain on the Tugboat alone is a recipe for disaster. A engineer or equivalent should always remain on Tugboat during these operations, thus reducing the r isk of a environmental hazard and danger to the crew members. Please tell these companies to stop endangering our community, environment and port security, and put safety first instead of profit.
That’s why I signed a petition to The California State House, which says:
“A California State Assembly Bill proposal that would require Tugboat companies to operate with a minimum of 3 crew members when escorting ships and transporting Fuel Oil Barges within the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. No less than 1 Captain, 1 Deckhand and 1 Engineer or equivalent, awake and alert while performing the above operations. Live-aboard Harbor Tugboats will not be excluded from the above rule.”
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