USCG Southeast Sector New England recently held it’s annualPassenger Vessel Industry Day. The agenda included presentations from the OCMI, Port Captain,  and from various regional Coast Guard Inspectors and Investigators. Presentations included  updates concerning Vessel Inspection, Vessel General Permits, Drug and Alcohol Program, Log Keeping, No-Sail Deficiencies, Waterways Management, Marine casualties, Investigations and Regional Exam Center updates.   The handouts included a detailed Summary of Changes to Regulations, Policy Letters and Safety Alerts that effect Passenger and Sailing School Vessels, a Training and Inspection Compliance Matrix for Subchapter T and K vessels and information concerning the Drug and Alcohol Program including a handy “Chemical Testing Program Compliance Testing” check list.  (see attached) 
The day was well attended with roughly 120 operators and owners there as well as some cadets from the USCG Academy to learn about vessel safety. This was in spite of the fact that an email had gone out a week before stating that funding was not available for Industry Day and it would be cancelled this year. Luckily, the sector was able to carry through with the original plan.  If your sector does not host a vessel Industry Day, ask if one can be arranged for next year. They are very informative and it gives you a chance to have a one to one with your inspectors( outside of your annual inspection).
 The links below are from the USCG publication Proceedings regarding effective comment making when Notice for Proposed Rule Makings go out. Handouts of these articles were also provided at the meeting.  
Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this year’s Industry Day and what was covered. Deborah Hayes, Ship’s Operations and Safety Committee member -Tall Ships America,