Proceedings Spring 2016
partnership and Flagship working group. Coast Guard com-
mitment and approval will come as leadership establishes
policies and procedures to recognize voluntary compliance,
then train marine inspection personnel in the practice of
auditing. Passenger Vessel Association members welcome
Coast Guard involvement in conducting external audits on
Flagship vessels and companies, as without the involvement
and buy-in from local sector personnel, company commit-
ment could wane under a cloud of indifference.
We understand that safety management systems are not a
replacement for inspection; however, effective implementa-
tion should allow for increased intervals between inspec-
tions and a reduced scope of inspection during the validity
of a certifcate of inspection. Such incentives should be part
of any future rulemaking to add beneft to the regulatory
cost/beneft analysis and to recognize the trust the Coast
Guard is willing to put into vessel operators who demon-
strate a higher commitment to safety.
About the author:
Mr. Eric Christensen is the director of regulatory affairs and risk manage-
ment for the Passenger Vessel Association. He is a 1987 graduate of the Cali-
fornia Maritime Academy and spent more than 26 years in the Coast Guard
executing the marine safety mission as a marine inspector, policy maker, and
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For more information:
The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA)
is the national trade association for U.S.-
fagged passenger vessels of all types. The
PVA has more than 500 vessel and associate
members who own and operate passenger
and vehicular ferries, dinner cruise vessels,
sightseeing and excursion vessels, private
charter vessels, whale-watching and eco-
tour operators, windjammers, gaming
vessels, amphibious vessels, water taxis, and
domestic overnight cruise ships.
For more information, go to: w w w.