update on crew/pax on CG66 form
I emailed a question to the coastgaurd and the following information/s came back. I have had it confirmed that they are pleased for the reply/s to be posted - thus helping keeping everyone informed.
With regard to your recent correspondance with Audrey Pederson concerning the
'number of passengers' field on the CG66 form.
The purpose of this field is for you to input the 'maximum' number of persons
'normally' carried on your vessel.
As one of the officers directly involved with the format of the database, It was
considered important to have this information for Search & Rescue purposes.
The reason for this is that if you were involved in an incident and unable to
communicate such information to us, we would use the CG66 specifically for the
basis of our search. We therefore ask for the maximum number of crew normally
carried to ensure that we search for the correct number of persons until
otherwise informed, rather than making assumtions and searching for two, and
then finding out that the vessel can carry six and thus missing the other four.
However, should the number of persons on board constantly change, you would
probably be better off leaving it blank, whilst ensuring that a complete passage
plan is logged before your departure with the nearest Coastguard Station, and
your shore contact.
CG66 Co-Ordinating Officer
"I would be gratefull if you could emphasise
the importance of the passage plan details being logged as this is the first
port of call for us when we are considering a search, likewise with the details
being left with a shore contact who can alert HM Coastguard should you not
report to them by a certain time.
The CG66 will then be used purely for search & rescue purposes to assist
Coastguards & on scene units with the search as it gives specific details of the
vessel concerned. It is therefore important that the details on your CG66 are
kept up to date and are as accurate as is possible.
I would also be extremely gratefull if you could spread the word that we are
very keen to get all those who have or wish to register a CG66 to do so online.
This enables the vessel owner to update details as and when they see fit and
details are then viewable by all Coastguard stations immediately.
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I hope that is now clearer for us all.