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
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
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.
An atrium is a space that spans more than two decks.
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.
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