Please click on the link below to read an important update from the National Maritime Center.    reg sea doc

The Ship Operations and Safety Committee of Tall Ships America is always working to provide our membership with important and up to date information on regulatory compliance, operational best practices, and USCG Licensure and STCW Endorsement.  As part of this mission, where possible, we actively support individual and organizational members that are working to further this effort.  We are pleased to be able to underwrite Captain Sarah Herard’s participation in the USCG Examination Working Group, and look forward to a her reports as a guest blogger on the Navigating the Regulatory Seas posts shared with our members.


Via Bluewater Maritime Consulting:

Since 2015, the National Maritime Center has enlisted the help of merchant mariners to review their exam question bank. Captain Sarah Herard recently joined this Coast Guard Examination Working Group and took a trip to the NMC Headquarters in Martinsburg, West Virginia to participate in the Review Process. 

Have you ever wondered who looks at the exam bank questions for relevancy? Are you curious about what goes on at the National Maritime Center? Captain Herard shares her experience in this short, 6 minute video and you can read the entire post on the Bluewater Blog:  https://www.bluewatersafety.com/blog/reviewing-the-uscg-exam-question-bank


The CG Examination Working Group is volunteer-based. Tall Ships America has provided financial support for Sarah’s participation in the working group and values the opportunity to participate in the review process.



This safety alert raises awareness of a potentially dangerous circumstance involving Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). During several inspections involving different vessels, Coast Guard personnel discovered a significant number (>100) of unwearable type 1 PFDs that would have presented a problem for users if needed in an emergency. Owners and operators are reminded that regulations require PFDs onboard vessels to be wearable and in serviceable condition.

Click here to continue reading the press release (PDF)

Sector Southeastern New England
March 21, 2017 (0830-1230)

LOCATION: UMASS Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center
151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA 02723
PH: (508) 910-9800

*********Please park in the lot across the street from the building*********


0830  Introductions & Logistics: Mr. Carl Moberg
0845  Opening Remarks: CAPT Richard Schultz, Sector Commander
0855  Vessel Inspection/Investigation Updates: LCDR Steve Stowers/ LT  Plummer
0930  Break
0945  Waterways Management Updates: Mr. Ed LeBlanc
1015    Small Passenger Vessel Risk Based Inspection Matrix
1030   Case Studies: Rule 5 “LOOK-OUT” CWO Johnathan Shipperly
1100   Break
1110    Mariner Credentials/Regional Exam Center Updates: Mr. Nick Petronzio
1135    Question and Answer
1140   Closing Remarks: CAPT Richard Schultz, Sector Commander
1145    End all inclusive industry day Agenda
1155    Sailing vessel break out session ‘NVIC 02-16” are you in compliance? 


  • 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.
  • For further information or questions, please contact CWO Sydney Glass at Sydney.Glass@uscg.mil or (401) 435-2315.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently posted “Safer Seas 2014: Lessons Learned From Marine Accident Investigations.” The report is a compilation of accident investigations that were published in 2014, organized by vessel type, with links to the more detailed accident reports.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on ‘Kidde plastic valve disposable fire extinguishers.’ Please go to http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kidde-Recalls-Disposable-Plastic-Fire-Extinguishers/ for more information and please check your fire extinguishers.

A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury. About 4.6 million units were sold in the U.S. and another 175,000 in Canada. Kidde has received 11 reports of the recalled fire extinguishers failing to discharge as expected. No injuries have been reported. Fire extinguishers that are included in the recall will be replaced.

Sector Southeastern New England 2015 Passenger Vessel Industry Day is tomorrow!

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 0830 to 1300 at the UMASS Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, 151 Martine Street, Fall River MA. Please RSVP ASAP if you have not done so already!

In addition to the presentations listed in the agenda, Mr. Nick Petronzio from R.E.C. Boston, will be on site to review and except applications.

Audience: Owners, operators, crewmembers, parties involved in construction/repair, or other parties with an interest in the passenger vessel industry are encouraged to attend.

Parking: There is parking across the street from the building.

RSVP: Email CWO3 Joseph Miner at Joseph.M.Miner@uscg.mil or call 401-435-2313.


2015 Industry Day Agenda

Industry Day Poster

2015 Regulatory Updates

(Sent by Domestic Inspections Sector Southeastern New England. Originally posted on March 9th, 2015.)

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