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- Frequently Asked Questions -

What is the process involved in customized network development?

The process is simple; Client defines objective, staffing scope, estimated deployment frequency, desired workforce profile, and mariner deployment proximity (local, regional, nationwide).  USS inputs client needs into their network database and then maps eligible workforce on a geographic overlay for client review. Client then refines network and defines workforce for U.S. Maritime Safety Services to manage and maintain on behalf of client. The process is simple and only takes a matter of minutes.*

(*) In special cases mass notification polls may be required to identify members with unique specialty skill-sets

What is the developmental time-frame for network development?

In most cases instantaneous. Mariner profiles, qualifications, and specialty skill-sets are pre-loaded into our database. With a few clicks of the mouse our clients can populate a map with all candidates meeting their prerequisite requirements.

How is U.S. Maritime Safety Services paid for services?

U.S. Maritime Safety Services is compensated as you would a traditional staffing agency and/or paid basis an affordable network management fee.

How quickly must USS-RD personnel mobilize?

USS-RD personel mobilize in accordance with client-defined time response criteria. Our U.S. Maritime Safety Services-RD Salvage network response time frames for the specific services provided are defined within a 33 CFR, Table 155.4040(c). It should be noted that these timed response criteria are “guidelines only” and that salvage companies must be able to demonstrate that their networks are maintained in a constantly verifiable state of preparedness to respond.

What is a structural stability assessment?

An assessment of structural stability is an assessment of a vessel’s stability and structural integrity using specialty salvage software programs. The data used for the calculations includes information collected by the on-scene U.S. Maritime Safety Services-RD SMFF salvage professional. The assessment is used by the salvage company in making prudent 1st response decision making and in formulating a salvage plan for subsequent salvage efforts. 33 CFR 155.4025

What is an on-site Salvage assessment?

The on-site salvage assessment is conducted by the on-scene U.S. Maritime Safety Services-RD marine (salvage) professional, at a safe distance from the vessel or onboard the vessel.  The stability and structural integrity data and observations collected during this assessment draws upon the traditional skill-sets common to all Senior deck officers and is collected in close cooperation  with the salvage team’s designated naval architect. This data is then used in the salvage software calculations and to determine necessary steps to salve the vessel.  (33 CFR 155.4025)

What is an on-site fire assessment?

On-site fire assessment means that a U.S. Maritime Safety Services-RD marine firefighting professional is on scene, at a safe distance from the vessel (or on the vessel), who can determine the steps needed to control and extinguish a marine fire in accordance with a vessel’s stability and structural integrity assessment if necessary. (33 CFR 155.4025).

What is an external fire fighting team?

External fire fighting teams are trained firefighting personnel, aside from the crew, with the capability of boarding and combating a fire on a vessel. (33 CFR 155.4025)

What is an external fire fighting system?

External vessel firefighting systems mean firefighting resources (personnel and equipment) that are capable of combating a fire from other than on board the vessel. These resources include, but are not limited to, fire tugs, portable fire pumps, airplanes, helicopters, or shore side fire trucks. (33 CFR 155.4025)

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