Thursday, Sep 12, 4-5 PM

USCG Investigations of Boating Collisions


Join the Admiralty Law Committee of the New Orleans Chapter of the FBA for a one hour CLE on on September 12th at 4pm. Paul Barnard (Recreational Boating Safety Program Manager) and Commander Takila Powell (Marine Investigations Supervisor) of the Eighth Coast Guard District will present on USCG Investigations of Boating Collisions. This program will focus on the two phases of maritime accidents. There is an initial response and then, where indicated by policy, a formal investigation. Mr. Barnard will highlight some of the issues faced in the initial response phase by contrasting maritime accidents and auto accidents. This includes witnesses, first responders, evidence issues, 72 COLREGS, and challenges related to limited occurrence of and training related to maritime accidents. Commander Powell has significant investigative experience and will discuss Marine Casualty Investigation Authority, CG Investigative Process, PIA to IIA (preliminary investigation to incident investigation), boating accidents, drug/alcohol testing, issues encountered when investigating, parties in interest, FOIA request process and why there is a backlog. For additional information, contact the Federal Bar Association at (504) 589-7990.