Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jeppesen and United States Power Squadrons Announce Partnership

Navigation Expert and Non-Profit Boating Education Organization Work Together to Enhance and Promote Safety on the Water

Navigation expert Jeppesen and nationwide non-profit boating organization United States Power Squadrons (USPS) today announced a strategic partnership designed to further marine education and promote safe boating practices.

Jeppesen and USPS formalized this cooperative effort by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Signed today by Jeppesen Senior Vice President/General Manager Greg Bowlin and Frank A. Dvorak SN, Chief Commander of USPS, this document details a variety of ways the two organizations will work together. With the assistance of Jeppesen, USPS will further its education of the boating public and its members in proper use of vector digital charts and related tools in navigating their boats.

“Our efforts and our goals parallel each other in many ways,” said Ken Cirillo, Marine Business Development Manager for Jeppesen, instrumental in developing the cooperative plan. “The more we spoke with each other, the clearer it became how together we could reach today’s modern boater with much-needed information on safe electronic navigation. This alliance has had an energizing effect on both parties, and we’re looking forward to unveiling some exciting cross promotional and educational initiatives in the future,” added Cirillo.

Under the partnership MOU, Jeppesen will provide demonstration and discounted products and services to USPS’ instructors and members including digital charts, software, and membership in Club Jeppesen Marine, a club that promotes the safety of updated navigational charts while providing a range of consumer benefits. Jeppesen will also work to promote the value and benefits of USPS membership to its customers and the general boating public.

“This partnership will play an important role in our efforts to increase understanding of overall navigational skills and electronic charting among our members and the general boating public,” said USPS’s Chief Commander Dvorak. “The prevalence of electronic navigation and the rapidly evolving digital charting technology demands increased focus in this area — along with a forward-thinking partner to help us inform and educate mariners,” he added.

For more information about this strategic alliance between Jeppesen and the USPS, or to stay abreast of future educational initiatives and activities, contact Ken Cirillo at or Bob Sweet, USPS National Educational Officer at

Sunday, May 02, 2010

BoatU.S. Guidelines for Recreational Boaters to Contend with Gulf Oil Spill

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) recommends the following tips for recreational boaters: 

  • If your marina or boat club puts oil containment booms in place, do not attempt to cross the booms with your boat. This will only spread the oil and damage the booms or possibly your vessel's running gear.
  • If there is oil in your marina, refrain from running engines or other devices that have seawater intakes such as air conditioners or refrigerators.
  • Hauling out your boat will prevent damage, but as of press time it was not clear if these costs will be reimbursed by British Petroleum (BP).
  • If the spill is sighted coming toward your marina or already there, call the BP Community Information Hotline at 866-448-5816 to make a report.
  • If your boat comes in contact with the oil, call your insurance company to file a claim. Uninsured boaters can call the BP Hotline at 800-440-0858 to file a claim.
  • Damage to a BoatUS insured's vessel that is caused by the oil spill is covered. BoatUS members are directed to call 800-937-1937 to file a claim.

Photo credit top left - U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images