Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2016

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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34 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 program manager. Endnotes: 1. M. Park, "What went wrong on Sewol?", May 15, 2004, found at www. 2. C.C. Baker and A.K. Seah, "Maritime Accidents and Human Performance: the Statistical Trail." Paper presented at MARTECH 2004, Singapore, September 22–24, 2004. 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.

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