With the opening of scallop seasons fast approaching, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to remind everyone engaged in this fun outdoor activity to use a divers-down warning device whenever they are snorkeling or scuba diving while searching for these tasty treats.
The divers-down symbol is rectangular or square and red in color with a white diagonal stripe. A divers-down flag displayed on a boat must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches and displayed at the highest point where it can be observed from 360 degrees around the vessel. A buoy may not be used or displayed from a vessel. A divers-down flag or buoy, displayed from the water, must be at least 12 inches by 12 inches. A flag must have a wire or other stiffener to hold it open, and a buoy may be three- or four-sided.
All divers must prominently display a divers-down device in the area in which the diving occurs.
“Displaying and understanding what constitutes a proper divers-down symbol are critical,” said Capt. Tom Shipp of FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “These safety devices are meant to alert boaters to the presence of people under the water’s surface and to give them plenty of room.”
All vessels must make reasonable effort to stay at least 100 feet away from a divers-down device within a river, inlet or channel. In open waters, vessels must make reasonable effort to stay 300 feet away. For safety, divers should stay within those same distances of their displayed device. A vessel that approaches closer must be fully off plane and at idle speed.
“Divers share the responsibility of boating safety with the boat operators,” Shipp said. “Diving without the divers-down symbol properly displayed or using it for reasons other than to inform others of the presence of divers is unlawful.”
The divers-down device should only be displayed when divers are in the water. When divers or snorkelers exit the water, it must be taken down.
FWC photo by Tim Donovan.
Hammer USCG Approved for Small Rafts
The Hammar H20 Small Raft model (HR-0200) is now USCG approved.
|The H20 Small Raft model (green label) is used for USCG approved liferafts ＜ 6 persons and all recreational rafts up to 12 persons. The weak link system has a breaking strength of 1,2 +- 0,4kN and therefor suitable for small rafts. The Hammar H20’s needs no annual service, maintenance or spare parts, but must be replaced after 2 years of use on a boat.
USCG approval no 160.062/14/10.https://www.datrex.com/shop/browse-products/hammar-h20-for-small-rafts-ha200h/
We are delighted to announce that Datrex, the manufacturer of emergency rations and distributor of safety products, is the first to achieve a perfect 100% ‘Profile Complete Score’ on ShipServ. This accomplishment signifies that they have fully optimised their profile, an excellent achievement, as the average score remains at 60%.
The ‘Profile Complete Score’ shows Member suppliers how complete their profile is on ShipServ Pages, the marine industry’s largest search engine.
The completeness of the profile is very important for suppliers because the algorithm that drives our search results draws on all data in the profile (as well as other things, like trading history on ShipServ).
The more complete the profile the more likely a supplier’s profile will be returned in the search results. So the better and more complete the profile, the greater the awareness the supplier obtains.
Suppliers with paid for Memberships get Premium (and not basic) profiles and so can put significantly more product and company information in their profiles, maximising exposure. For more information on a Premium listing, click here.
By achieving such a high score, Datrex has done all they can to improve and optimise their profile. For example, they have added many product categories, a PDF product brochure, have uploaded their catalogue and have obtained reviews from their customers.
To improve your Profile Complete Score, use one of the following methods below:
Option 1: Log in via ShipServ Pages
1. Log in using your ShipServ username and password. It is very important that you are logged in as a registered user and are connected to your company, as you will not be able to edit your profile if you are not connected. For instructions on how to do this, please click here.
2. On the top menu, click ‘ACCOUNT’.
3. Click ‘Company Profile’ and then click the ‘Update Company Profile’ button located under your Profile Complete Score.
4. From here click ‘Edit Listing’.
5. This will then allow you to update your company profile information including: contact information, supply categories, brands, ports, catalogs, media, memberships and certifications.
Option 2: Log in via SmartSupplier
If you have taken SmartSupplier as part of your ShipServ Supplier Membership, click on ‘Marketing’ when SmartSupplier is open. This will take you to the Self Service Tool where you can follow on from the above step number 4.
Whichever option you use, remember: the more information you choose to add into your Company Profile sections, the higher your profile complete score will be and the higher your company will be ranked in search listings, driving significantly better results for your company.