Maintaining a Safe Environment at Your Fuel Dock

A fuel dock may be considered an amenity to some boaters, but it is a tangible added value to a marina, yacht club or boatyard. Though fueling services come with many positives, there are also exposures associated with flammable liquids, namely fires and explosions, and even spillage, which can create the potential for contamination and cleanup obligations.

While fuel dispensing seemingly happens all of the time, the operation should never be taken for granted. Here are some safety basics and best practices. Continue reading

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Launching and Haulout Best Practices

As marina and boatyards operators, you have care, control and custody of precious cargo. During launching and hauling out operations, it is best to eliminate the potential for damage to the boats, property, staff, and visitors.

Many facilities have small ramps designed for trailerable boats; the following recommended practices are designed for larger crafts that will be handled by forklifts or, travelifts.

As general principle, the capacity of all lift equipment should be marked and never exceeded. Lift equipment should be inspected at least annually by a certified service technician. Base the frequency of these inspections on use, severity of service conditions (for example saltwater is harsher than freshwater) and your own experience. The inspection should be consistent with the original manufacturer’s guidelines.

Here are some helpful measures to take when preparing for launching and haulout:
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Slip and Fall Prevention during Boat Shows

Boat dealers, boat builders, marinas, and yacht clubs alike have the opportunity to meet potential and current customers, showcase inventory, and furthermore, make sales during Boat Shows.

Unfortunately, there is often a heightened risk of trip and fall incidents occurring at Boat Shows due to the environment and setting by the water. Where such incidents occur, current or potential customers may develop some animosity toward Boat Show hosts and vendors, and might assert claims of liability for such incidents based on negligence, as well. Fortunately, there are proactive steps owners and boat dealers can take to help reduce the likelihood of slip and fall incidents at Boat Shows.
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Ocean Marine vs. Inland Marine: What’s the Difference?

The differences between ocean marine and inland marine can often be mystifying for both brokers and customers. Ocean marine often seems straightforward enough. But does the cargo have to be shipped via an ocean vessel to qualify? What about a … Continue reading

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