USCG – Failure to Disclose Convictions

Photo Credit: BrianGriffinFan (Deviant Art)

Photo Credit: BrianGriffinFan (Deviant Art)

The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) posted an announcement stating that it has noted an increase in the number of applications in which the applicants have not properly disclosed previous convictions as required.

If an applicant pleads guilty or no contest, is granted deferred adjudication, or is required by a court to attend classes, make contributions of time or money, receive treatment, submit to any manner of probation or supervision, or forego appeal of a trial court’s conviction, then the Coast Guard will consider the applicant to have received a conviction.

Further, an applicant’s signature in Section III of the CG-719B application form acknowledges the potential consequences of false statements (i.e., grounds for denial of the application as well as criminal prosecution and financial penalty). (10/8/14).

From Maritime Executive -

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday the publication of the final rule finalizing changes to the inland navigation rules and their annexes in 33 Code of Federal Regulations parts 83 through 88.

This action aligns the Inland Navigation Rules in the Code of Federal Regulations with the amendments made by the International Maritime Organization to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, to which the United States is a signatory. Also, the action incorporates recommendations made by the Navigation Safety Advisory Council.

The changes to the current rules will reduce regulatory burdens by adding more options for vessel lighting, alleviating bell requirements, explaining whistle equipment options and adding more options for navigational equipment. These changes also address the technological advancements of wing-in-ground craft and increase public awareness of the inland navigation requirements by reorganizing and making format changes.

The final rule can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-02/pdf/2014-14413.pdf

Statement to the Sailing Ship Community Regarding the USCG Report on the sinking of BOUNTY

Tall Ships America has reviewed the USCG report released on 6-12-14. Its findings of fact, analysis, and conclusions are consistent with our understanding of the events leading up to the loss and the loss itself. We wish to offer our appreciation to CDR Carroll and his team for their thorough, professional, and sensitive management of their investigation. Furthermore, we wish to extend our most sincere and heartfelt thanks for the great courage and skill of the Coast Guard members who took part in the rescue the BOUNTY crew.

We fully endorse recommendations set forth in CAPT Burton’s letter of 2 May 2014. Tall Ships America will take action consistent with the ones that are directed to our attention.

View the full report here

Tall Ships America has been pro-active on this front for many years, well before the BOUNTY tragedy. Our Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, our annual International Safety Forum, Regional Meetings, and various member communications have presented workshops, discussion forums, expert presentations, and informational updates addressing Safety Management Systems, Bridge Resource Management, risk assessment models, organizational best practices, heavy weather systems and forecasting, crew training, and other relevant topics. Experts from the Coast Guard, the National Weather Service, National Transportation Safety Board and other recognized safety authorities frequently contribute to and participate in these discussions, and we continue to welcome their expertise.

The loss of BOUNTY has certainly caused the sailing ship community to focus on these issues to an even higher degree. In concert with the Coast Guard, Tall Ships America will strive to do all we can to avoid another such tragedy. We appreciate the high level of cooperation that has been forthcoming from many facets of the Coast Guard, and we look forward to continuing this cooperative effort.

We suggest that all vessel operators and administrators read the report and recommendations, and consider the implications for safety management in your own operations. These topics, so vitally important to the safety of every mariner, trainee, and student involved in our ships will continue to be discussed and processed in Tall Ships America meetings and communications. Similarly, we encourage you to keep the discussion of safety and the reach for best practices as a dynamic and active process, fundamental to your operational management and success.

The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public and support education under sail.

TSA – TWIC card services

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that it is upgrading the technology used for issuance of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). During the system upgrade, specific TWIC card services will be temporarily unavailable. Services for Card Transfers, Card Replacements, and Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC will be unavailable from 22 April through 4 May. If you need to utilize these services and require your TWIC prior to or during this time, place your order no later than 14 April. Card Pick-Up, Activation, and Personal Identification Number (PIN) Resets will be unavailable from 26 April through 4 May. (4/4/14).

A member of Tall Ships America’s Ship Operations & Safety Committee recently attended the Coast Guard’s Passenger Vessel Industry Day in Sector Southeastern New England.

Click to view a handout with her notes!

 

Coast Guard Sector Boston Prevention Department has announced an Industry Day on April 9th. The meeting will be held at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop, MA. Registration begins at 8:00am and there will be a $10 fee.  More information is available, along with an agenda, on the press release.

Courtesy of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

 The Coast Guard has issued the first of several bulletins discussing the implementation of the U. S. Qualified Assessor Program established in the final rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements” (78 FR 77796).

A Qualified Assessor (QA) is a person that the Coast Guard deems qualified to evaluate whether an applicant has demonstrated the necessary level of competence in the task for which the assessment is being made. For more information, read the Qualified Assessor Program Bulletin.

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