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Welcome. Staying in compliance takes dedication, diligence and strong leadership skills to stay on top of all the requirements which seem to keep coming at a rapid pace. With this blog I hope to provide visitors with content that will help them in their daily work of staying in compliance. I hope you find it a resource worthy of your time and I look forward to your feedback, questions, comments and concerns. Thanks for stopping by.

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Towing Vessel Inspections and the Cruise Ship Disaster

While we don’t know when the towing vessel inspection regulations contained in Subchapter M will officially come into force, we do know it could be as soon as within the next year, and if published as proposed, it will drastically change the industry forever. Whether a company is dreading the day, or is confident in their readiness, it is interesting to take a look at what we know about the recent Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster and draw some parallels, which may provide some insight into the future.

 

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OSHA for the Maritime Industry

My associate, Capt. Tom O’Farrell, and I just completed a week long OSHA Maritime Outreach Training with the University of Texas. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulations which apply to Marine Terminals, Shipyard Employment and Longshoring, as well as regulations which apply to uninspected vessels.

 

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Cruise Disaster - Costa Concordia

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Costa Concordia - Could it have been prevented?

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Costa Concordia: How to Prevent the Next Disaster

It’s hard to believe that a modern cruise ship, in this age of technology, could end up on its side on the rocks, only a few hours after leaving port. Was it a bizarre one-time event, or could it happen again? Unfortunately, the answer is yes, it could happen again. But the good news is we already know how to prevent it.

 

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TWIC Changes

Current regulations have required all credentialed merchant mariners to hold a valid TWIC. But that is no longer the case due to a recent change in the law. Some credentialed mariners will no longer have to obtain a TWIC. For example: on a towboat which opts not to have a security plan, only the licensed captain has been required to have a TWIC due to the fact that he has a license. Now, due to the recent law change, the captain of the towboat with no security plan will no longer have to hold a valid TWIC. The same goes for most small passenger vessel captains who will no longer be required to maintain a valid TWIC. Some think it is a good thing that the Coast Guard has had to revise the requirement because they feel the TWIC is useless.

 

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New EPA Vessel General Permits

Sorry, it’s not going away… The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the new Vessel General Permit (VGP) on November 30, 2011. This is a draft of the permit which will go into effect on December 19, 2013. This draft has been released for public comment, so don’t miss the opportunity to provide your input.

 

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Webinar - Towing Vessel Inspections 12/21

As most of you know the proposed regulations to make towing vessels Coast Guard inspected vessels has been on the streets for about four months. The comment period is now over and so we will wait to see how the Coast Guard decides on the many issues raised when the final rule is published.

 

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Latest Information

Towing Vessel Inspections Regulations: Just a reminder that the comment period ends December 9th on the proposed towing vessel inspection regulations. Here's a link to the docket: Docket on NPRM for Towing Vessel Inspections

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Valuable Conversations at the WorkBoat Show

The International WorkBoat Show is a great event every year, not only for generating business leads, but for what you can learn from the conversations you have. I had a very interesting conversation with one member of the Coast Guard which is definitely worth sharing and learning from. 
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