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14 july 2015 FOGHORN regulatoryReport Oshore support vessels Passenger ferries Naval Military vessels By Peter Lauridsen PVA Regulatory Affairs Consultant E very day the U.S. Coast Guard and the passenger vessel industry interact. Most of those intersections are routine events based on mutual understanding of our common safety goals and the need to meet certain key regulations for certification. Without a Certificate of Inspection the business ceases to function. Regardless of the character of those interactions understanding mutual roles and communication are the foundation of an effective safety program. I dont know if there is such a thing as a typical passenger vessel company or a typical marine inspector but I do know that there are certain characteristics for each party that arise from sourcing op- portunity experience and public or private sector employment. Marine inspectors are active duty Coast Guard personnel primarily commissioned officers. Some come to the marine safety program as an initial assignment. Some have had other Coast Guard mission assign- ments and are rotating in as a matter of choice or service needs. Some of these personnel have risen from enlisted ranks with rating special- ties such as machinery technician electrician damage control or other ratings often with shipboard duty. As a result of the Enhanced Marine Safety Program there is an effort to fill a percentage of officer and Government and Industry Meet in the Middle