Accession Number:

ADA285806

Title:

Assessment of the Impressions of Station Personnel on the Effectiveness and Suitability of the 47-Foot Motor Life Boat (MLB)

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

COAST GUARD WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Report Date:

1994-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

139.0

Abstract:

The Coast Guard is in the process of evaluating a new 47-Foot Motor Life Boat MLB to replace the aging 44-Foot MLB. As part of the Operational Test and Evaluation OTE of the 47-Foot MLB, survey and small group discussions were conducted to assess crew impressions of the suitability and effectiveness of various aspects of boat operations and handling of the new vessel for performing MLB mission requirements search and rescue, law enforcement, boating safety, etc.. One hundred and twenty crew members from five small boat station evaluation sites, representing a range of rates, ranks, experience levels, and typically fully qualified on both the 47-Foot and the 44- Foot MLB, participated in the evaluation. In general, the 47-Foot MLB received consistently superior ratings for all comparisons. The only exception was firefighting capability, where the 47-Foot MLB showed less favorable capabilities. Nine areas were identified as requiring further enhancements to improve the effectiveness and suitability of the 47-Foot MLB. Three general conclusions were drawn from this assessment. The new 47-Foot MLB represents a significant improvement over the 44-Foot MLB Is considered near the ideal MLB vessel, but does have room for improvements in some areas will be an effective and suitable replacement for the 44-Foot MLB, particularly after the identified issues for improvement are addressed. Motor Life Boat MLB, Safety, Suitability, Performance, Effectiveness, Small boat station

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Marine Engineering
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE