Proceedings Of The Marine

SUM 2014

Proceedings magazine is a communication tool for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety & Security Council. Each quarterly magazine focuses on a specific theme of interest to the marine industry.

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30 Proceedings Summer 2014 A Look Ahead The cruise ship building cycle is currently in a lull, and the order book is quite shallow compared to years past. Thus, the ICOC schedule is reduced. At the same time, exams are becoming more complex. Safe return to port requirements 2 have vastly changed how ships are designed and increased the complexity of onboard technology. Add the growing desire to incorporate cleaner emissions, LNG as fuel, big- ger ships, and increased passenger capacity, and the Coast Guard is faced with a daunting task to keep pace in a very fast-moving feld. Our relationships with the major shipyards and suppliers allow us access, and every inspection is flled with detailed discussions of how new equipment is designed, constructed, tested, and operated. Leading minds on the regulatory process from major class societies are present and open to discuss the current and future of regulation. Most of all, the ICOC process pushes inspectors to dig into the regulations, research the facts, and make a truly edu- cated decision. After all, if something goes wrong it could affect the thousands of souls aboard. About the author: LT James Schock is the ICOC coordinator at USCG Activities Europe. His prior duty stations include USCGC Boutwell and inspections at MSU Port Arthur, Texas. He earned a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineer- ing from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Endnotes: 1. An atrium is a space that spans more than two decks. 2. Safe return to port standards defne ship design thresholds including how long the vessel should remain safe for evacuation and circumstances where a ship should be able to return to port without requiring passengers to evacuate. A large cruise ship under construction. Summer2014_22.indd 30 5/13/14 9:46 AM

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