March 16, 2016
3 FDLE Members Honored by the International Association of Marine Investigators
IAMI's and our 2016 Investigators of the year receipeints were featured in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement magazine. Congratulations to OROC Senior Criminal Intelligence Analyst I Kerri Plaza, OROC Sepcial Agent Bradley Lewis and Brevard Field Office Special Agent Ryan Bliss for winning the International Association of Marine Investigators Investigator of the Year Award. They earned the insurance industry recognition for their work unraveling an insurance scam in Palm Bay.
September 29, 2014
Two of our 2014 Investigators of the Year were featured in a local news story regarding this insurance fraud case in which the individual charged is now wanted for soliciting a murder.
The two local officers are identified in the news story as winners of the IAMI Investigator of the year award, with the IAMI logo shown a handful of times. Please check out the attached video when you have an opportunity.
"Clampdown on Global Marine Theft" Marina Live!, May 2013
NTSB Safety Alert For Mariners
IAMI Europe Conference, 2012 Ireland
IAMI Featured in Irish Examiner
IAMI Featured on TV3
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Fiery Forensics by Richard Armstrong
IAMI Newsletter, September 2011
The first edition of the IAMI Review Newsletter which features a wide range of news and atrticles associated within our industry was released September 2011. We would like your contributions for subsequent editions of the IAMI Newsletter. You can write about your day to day work, new tends or methods that you would like to share with your fellow IAMI members.
Published in The Law, December 2009
"An Essex detective put international co-operation into practice during a fatality at sea - just weeks after being appointed chairman of a European marine investigation organisation. Dc Simon Lofting, of the Marine Unit at Burnham, led an initial investigation into the death of a man on board a Dutch-registered ship involved in the construction of Greater Gabbard wind farm 18 miles off Harwich.
A second crewman was seriously injured in the November 12 incident. Two Marine Unit officers carried out enquiries when the ship docked at Harwich while Dc Lofting collated information and liaised with the Dutch authorities and other maritime services. It was established that the incident happened just outside British international waters and the inquiry was handed over to the Dutch. Through Dc Lofting's work with the 2,500 strong International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI), he was able to transfer evidence & information quickly and efficiently.
Dc Lofting was appointed chairman of the European section of IAMI in October. In 2006 he became the only policer officer in Europe to qualify as a Certified Marine Investigator. He said; 'My work regularly involves contacts with police forces and investigators around Europe and other parts of the world and the fatal accident in the North Sea was an example of Essex Marine Unit's excellent co-operation with international organisations.' Dc Lofting's role with the IAMI also involves training others in specialist investigation and he hopes to start courses for officers from UK and European forces in the spring."
National Boating Safety Advisory Council directs Coast Guard to address propeller injury avoidance.
By IBI Magazine
The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) has directed the US Coast Guard to address propeller strike prevention in five areas, some of which are in conjunction with efforts under way in the marine industry. But the advisory body fell short of calling for mandatory propeller guards, and instead asked for a study on available technologies.
Propeller injuries resulted in 31 fatalities and were involved with 186 accidents in 2004. Propeller injuries are ranked 9th in reported boating accidents. By comparison, falls overboard resulted in 271 fatalities and capsizing resulted in 203 fatalities. The NBSAC's first recommendation was that the Coast Guard develop a pre-rental education package for all rental motorboats operations to be distributed to the general public for the 2007 boating season.
The advisory board also recommended that the Coast Guard begin a rulemaking process that would require manufacturers of new recreational motorboats to install an engine cut-off device that prevents continued operation in the event of the operator being displaced from the helm. This effort would complement a similar effort by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in its Engine Cut-Off Switches model act approved on September 21, 2005.
The US Coast Guard should also begin a rulemaking process, according to the council, that would require a boat operator to wear the engine cut-off switch link while the engine is running. This requirement would apply to waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States but not to solely state waters. "These are common sense measures, and we will be working with the Coast Guard to get the word out to our manufacturers and boaters about these NBSAC initiatives," said Monita Fontaine, NMMA vice president of government relations, in a statement.
The NBSAC also recommended that the Coast Guard begin a rulemaking process that would require the operator of a motorboat to shut off the engine if a swimmer is in close proximity to or holding onto the boarding platform, boarding deck, boarding step, or boarding ladder of the boat. Finally, the NBSAC also recommended that the Coast Guard continue to pursue its previous resolutions recommending propeller injury prevention measures with a risk-based decision making approach.
The group also "encouraged" the Coast Guard to initiate a research project to test propeller guard technology for safety, drivability, and efficacy. "We need thorough testing on equipment that claims to prevent propeller injuries because the data is incomplete and the technologies being developed are untested," Fontaine said. The NBSAC was established by the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 and consists of 21 members drawn equally from state officials responsible for boating safety programs; representatives of the boating industry; and representatives of national recreational boating organisations and the general public. The law requires the Coast Guard to consult with the council in prescribing federal regulations, and regarding major boating safety matters.
(11 April 2006)
SERVICE CANADA TO DELIVER LICENCES TO PLEASURE CRAFT OPERATORS ON BEHALF OF TRANSPORT CANADA
For release November 7, 2005
OTTAWA - Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Belinda Stronach, today announced the signing of an agreement for Service Canada to deliver licences to pleasure craft operators across the country on behalf of Transport Canada. A pleasure craft licence is the number that must be placed on the side of a recreational vessel to assist law enforcement and search and rescue organizations in identifying the owner of the craft.
"There are millions of recreational watercraft across the country and thousands more are expected to be purchased by Canadians over the coming years," said Minister Lapierre. "Today, we are joining forces with Service Canada to increase the number of locations where Canadians can apply for pleasure craft licences and to provide search and rescue and law enforcement agencies with 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to licence information during emergencies."
"Our goal is to make it easier for Canadians to access government services," said Minister Stronach. "The addition of pleasure craft licensing to the range of services available through Service Canada is an example of how we are working to bring better service to more Canadians."
The Canada Border Services Agency has been issuing pleasure craft licences to Canadians since the 1940s, and currently has 120 locations across Canada where Canadians can apply for a free licence. As of April 2006, Service Canada will take over these services at its 320 Service Canada Centres across the country. Canadians will have almost three times as many places to apply for their licences.
In addition to providing Canadians with easier access to service centres, Service Canada will develop a modern licensing system to provide search and rescue and law enforcement agencies with access to licence information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This will allow them to respond to emergencies more quickly and effectively.
The Canada Border Services Agency will continue to provide licensing services until Service Canada implements its service. Information on licensing pleasure craft is available by phoning the Canada Border Services Agency info line at 1-800-461-9999 or Transport Canada's boating safety info line at 1-800-267-6687. The addresses and telephone numbers of the Canada Border Services Agency customs district offices are listed at: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/rco-e.html.
Transport Canada recognizes the contribution the Canada Border Services Agency has made to the administration of the licensing program and the sound foundation from which Service Canada will work to further improve the delivery of pleasure craft licenses to Canadians.
Under the Small Vessel Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act, all pleasure craft 15 gross tons or less and powered by an engine 10 horsepower (7.5
kilowatts) or more must be licensed or registered, regardless of where they operate in Canada. Transport Canada will continue to administer these regulations together with all other regulations applying to recreational vessels.
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