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DECEMBER2014FOGHORN17CONVENTIONREPORT-InternationalSTCWRulesEffectonPassengerVesselOperators-ComplyingwithEmergingAISRegulations-CyberSecurityProtection-On-SitePaymentProcessingTechnologiesAwardWinnersAnnouncedfor-RogerMurphyNationalMarineSafetyAward-CaptainElizabethGedneyPassengerVesselSafetyAward-DavidClarkExcellenceinEditorialAwardsMariTrends2015ExhibitionDailyPrizeDrawingsMeetandGreetthePVAFleetPassengerVesselFoundationRegionCompetitionAndsomuchmoreStartyouryearrightbylearningthelatestpracticesforyourpassengervesseloperation.Registernow.IPVAWELCOMESNEWMEMBERDCCruisesMr.FredRapaportCabinJohnMDVesselMemberwww.dc-cruises.comRegisterNowToregisterforthePVAAnnualConventionatMariTrends2015gotohttppassengervessel.comannual_convention.aspxI 20DECEMBER2014FOGHORNincidentsthattrulyimpactmarinesafetyPVAfearsthatthecasualtyreportingsystemwillcontinuetobebesetwithdifcultiesforCoastGuardpersonnelandtheprivatesectoralike.WehavebecomeawarethattheTowingSafetyAdvisoryCommitteeTSAChasestablishedasubcom-mitteetospecificallyaddressthedraftNVICandthatsubcommitteehasfoundsignicantproblemsofasimilarnaturetoourobservations.JoAnnSalyeramemberofTSACandco-chairofthesubcommitteewasinvitedtobriefouraugmentedPVARegulatoryCommitteeotherPVAcommitteeshaveastronginterestontheirdraftanalysis.WefoundthattheTSACsubcommitteehasdoneawell-researchedlegallyandhistoricallyandthoughtfulassessmentoftheshortcomingsofthedraftNVICspeci-callyandtheentireincidentreportingandinvestigatingprocessgenerally.WebelievethattheNVICismeresymptomreliefwithsignicantshortcomings.Withoutaserioushighestlevelevaluationofthepurposeprocessanduseoftheincidentreportingprocessthemulti-yearefforttodevelopthedraftNVICislargelywasted.Wewouldexpectthatreviewtoinvolvetheindustryasapartnerandsourceofpracticalexpertise.WhilewedoagreewiththeTSACsubcommitteesoverallanalysisoftheshortcomingsandfailuresoftheincidentreportingprocesstheirremedyisnecessarilybasedonthetowingindustrysperceptionofremedyandtheforthcomingSubchapterM.GiventheopportunitytoworkwiththeCoastGuardandCongressifnecessarywetoowouldhaverecommendationsincludingourconcernsthatextendtouseorabuseoftheCG2692asasolesourceforfurtherciviloradministrativepunitiveactions.WelookforwardtoTSACsrecommendationstotheCoastGuardandourconcurrenceinpartorinwholedependingonitsnalformandcontent.MostofallwelookforwardtotheCoastGuardswillingnesstocontinuethecooperativeprocesstoarealandlastingsolution.InourmindthatisadoptionofadraftNVIClimitedtothosefewsectionswithwidepublicagreementnowandarapidpivottoabroadbasedsolutioneffort.ThePVAcommitteesarealwaysopentomemberpar-ticipationandifyourinterestisinacommitteesspecicareayourrequesttoformallyjoinwouldbelookedonwithfavor.IREGULATORYREPORT DECEMBER2014FOGHORN21LEGISLATIVEREPORTByEdWelchPVALegislativeDirectorMid-TermCongressionalElectionsMayAlterDirectionofMaritimeLegislationOnNovember4votersrebukedPresidentObamaandtheDemocraticPartybytransferringcontroloftheU.S.SenatetoRepublicansandenhancingtheRepublicanmajorityintheHouseofRepresentativestolevelsnotseenfordecades.RepublicansgainednineSenateseatsonElectionDayandthesub-sequentrunoffelectioninLouisianaguaranteeingthatincomingSenatorMajorityLeaderMitchMcConnellofKentuckywillhave54Senatorsofhisparty.ThereforeRepublicansintheSenatewillenjoya54-46majorityin2015.ThisrepresentsanetgainofnineseatsforSenateRepublicansforthepastyearDemocratsandtheirIndependentallieshaveheld55SenateseatswhileRepublicanshavehad45.SenateRepublicanshaveyettoholdtheirorganizationalmeetingssothereisnodenitivewordaboutcommitteeleadershippositions.HoweveritiswidelyexpectedthatSenatorJohnMcCainofArizonawillassumethechairmanshipoftheSenateArmedServicesCommittee.SenatorMcCainisalong-standingopponentoftheexistingcabotagelawstheJonesActandthePassengerVesselServicesActandhecanbeexpectedtorenewhiscampaigntorepealormodifytheselawsthatreservethecarriageoffreightandpassengersinthedomesticU.S.tradeforvesselsthatareU.S.-aggedU.S.-builtU.S.-ownedandU.S.-manned.AnotablelossforDemocratsoccurredinAlaskawhereSenatorMarkBegichwasdefeated.ThiswasnotparticularlysurprisingsinceAlaskausuallysendsRepublicansto DECEMBER2014FOGHORN25SAFETYSECURITYMATTERSownersoperatorsandmarineenginerebuilderswiththetypesofengineslistedinthealerteitheraspropulsionorprimemoversforgeneratorstoAlwaysuseproperreplacementpartsConsiderseamplacementofexhaustinsulationblanketsandlaggingduringinstallationFollowgoodmarinepracticebyalwaysmaintainingthetightnessandcorrectfitoftheinsulationblanketsovertheentireexhaustsystemandForthosewhorepairorownandoperatevesselswithDetroitDieselengineseitheraspropulsionorelectricalgenerationequipmentofdesignconfiguration16V9212V9212V71and16V71inspectandverifythattheproperheadtoheadcouplingsareusedforthefuelsupplyandreturnpassages.Ifincorrectcontactanautho-rizedmanufacturertechnicianforspecicguidance.Thisisnotthefirsttimeloosettingsorfrayedhosesinfuelsystemscombinedwithhotexhausthavecausedresinoureet.Thisisjustthemostrecentreminder.SpeakingoffireinanotherNovember2014SafetyAlerttheCoastGuardpointedoutsomehumanfactorchallengesassociatedwiththecontrolsonaxedCO2system.ThissafetyalertremindedshoresideandvesselpersonneloftheimportanceofDesigningandmaintainingemergencysystemstobelogicalandeasilyoperatedinhighstresssituationsMaintainingahighlevelofcrewfa-miliaritywithemergencysystemsandExercisingsafeguardsduringtestingtomitigatetheriskofhumanerrororsystemmal-function.Althoughregulationsprescribestandardsforsafetysystemsaboardvesselsinstalla-tionsparticularlythoseonboarduninspectedvesselscanvarydra-matically.ThisSafetyAlertresultedfromactionstakenduringanUninspectedTowingVesselUTVexam.AvesselEmergencycontrolpanel. DECEMBER2014FOGHORN29HOWPVABENEFITSYOUSafetyBoardNTSBandCoastGuardleadershiponseparateoccasionsandillustratesthereal-worlddangersandframesthechal-lengesofsafelynavigatingonthesecongestedwaterwayswithhuman-poweredrentalcraftoperatorswhoareunawareoftheirresponsibilitiesundertheRulesoftheRoad.AdditionallyPVAmadeastatementtotheNationalBoatingSafetyAdvisoryCouncilattheirmostrecentmeetinginWashingtonDC.PVAreinforceditscommentsontheboatingsafetygrantprogramsandurgedtheCounciltomakethisissueapriority.PVAencouragedfuturedialogueonthisissuestatingPVAiscommittedtosafetyandwestandreadytoworkwithallstake-holderstowardsasafeboatingenvi-ronmentforall.PVAalsogavememberstheop-portunitytocontinuetospeakoutaboutthisissueatthisfallsPVARegionMeetings.IneveryregionPVAmembersdiscussedtheirownencounterswithsomeirresponsibleandunawarerecreationalandhu-man-poweredcraftrentaloperators.PVAParticipatesinCoastGuardASPStakeholdersMeetingPVAparticipatedinthemostrecentAlternateSecurityPlanASPStakeholdersmeeting.Thissemi-annualeventisorganizedbytheCoastGuardandprovidesanoppor-tunitytocontinuethedialogueonimportantsecurityissuesandbringstogetherthevariousorganizationsthathaveCoastGuardapprovedAlternativeSecurityplans.AtthemeetingPVAsreceivedimportantbriefingsonsecurityissuesincludingcybersecurityandtheTransportationWorkerIdentificationCredentialTWICprogram.TheCoastGuardindicatedthattheyexpectafinalruleonTWICreaderstobeannouncedinthefirstquarterof2015.PVAcontinuestorepresentmembersconcernsaboutthelackofsecurityenhancementTWICandTWICreaderswouldhavefortheiropera-tions.PVAsupportedtherisk-basedanalysistheCoastGuardusedintheproposedruletolimitTWICreaderapplicationandhopestoseethisreectedinthefnalrule.Whenitcomestosafelynavigat-ingAmericaswaterwaysPVAisworkingforyou.I