Passenger Vessel Association

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!


Sector New York*


on March 28, 2014 (0900-1430) 

in Bayonne, NJ


Owner, Operators, and Crew Members of inspected passenger vessels & school ships

Other parties with an interest in the passenger vessel industry

Parties involved in the construction and repair of certificated passenger vessels.

Click here to view the invitation & newsletter!

RSVP to LTJG Michael Aland at or (718) 354-4062 by March 21st.

*For those in Sector Southeast New England, click here to view details for your local event.

 The 2013 Passenger Vessel Industry Day will occur as originally planned on March 20, 2013 from 0830 to 1245 at the UMASS Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center in Fall River, MA.  

Here is the agenda.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England


Passenger vessel industry day was held on March 8th, 2012, at UMASS Dartmouth Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center in Fall River, MA. More than 100 people were in attendance for the event this year. That is an outstanding turnout and we thank all of you for taking time out of your busy spring schedules!  The overall response to this event was worthwhile and valuable. 

The following numbered items provide a brief summary of the different topics covered. Although we attempted to answer each question during the meeting, we left with a few unanswered questions.  The answers to those questions can be found within this meeting summary.  Additionally, contact information for presenters on each topic is provided on the last page.  If you forgot a handout or would like to view any of the presentations given, all of the information presented may be found on the Homeport website.  Go to and click “Port Directory” at the top of the page.  From the “Select Coast Guard Unit” drop down menu select “Southeastern New England (Providence)”.  When the page loads, scroll down and select “Domestic Vessel Inspections”, then select “Small Passenger Vessel Industry Day 2012”.

Click here to read the minutes from the passenger vessel industry day (PDF)

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its regulations to fully incorporate the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Code) into the requirements for the credentialing of U.S. merchant mariners (74 Federal Register 59353). Written comments on the proposal should be submitted by February 16, 2010.

To access this important NPRM, go to

The Coast Guard will also be receiving comments on this rule at the five public hearings listed below:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Marriott Miami Airport Hotel
1201 NW LeJeune Road
Miami, FL 33126
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport Hotel
102–05 Ditmars Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Renaissance Arts Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, December 11, 2009
Marriott Seattle Airport Hotel
3201 South 176th Street
Seattle, WA 98188
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Room 2415
2100 Second Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20593
10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Passenger Vessel Association


Certain larger PVA vessels may be affected by a rule on vessel oil spill response plans proposed by the Coast Guard and published in the Federal Register of August 31, 2009.  Entitled “Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans and other Vessel Response Plan Requirements,” the proposal would implement a 2004 amendment to the Oil Pollution Act to require that some Non-Tank vessels obtain Coast Guard approval for and implement oil spill contingency plans. 

Most vessels operated by PVA members would not be affected, but any vessel of 400 gross tons (as measured by the standards of the international tonnage convention) would have to comply.   (more…)

Passenger Vessel Association


PVA vessels that carry or discharge ballast water may be affected by a rule proposed by the Coast Guard and published in the Federal Register of August 28, 2009.  Entitled “Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters,” the proposal would implement federal laws that direct the Coast Guard to develop ballast water management rules for vessels.  Ballast water is widely accused of transporting aquatic invasive species into and throughout U.S. waters.  (more…)

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