MAY 2017 • FOGHORN 29 REGULATORYREPORT As a leader in passenger vessel design, stability assessments and refurbishments, our vessels are not only beautiful, they’re also safe and efficient to operate while producing maximum profitability for owners. To bring Jensen on board for your next passenger vessel design or build, contact us at 206.332.8090 or visit our website at PASSENGER VESSEL DESIGNS: OPTIMIZED FOR PROFITABILITY compared to our rivers or lakes, bays and sounds or protected waters routes it is clear the Canada has put some geo- graphic exemptions on the 13 month inspection cycle. The home-trade and minor waters are sheltered routes with extended authority between May 1 and September 30. Why should a U.S vessel required to be inspected every 13 months for hundreds of dollars and travel costs while a comparable Canadian vessel be inspected every 48 months for under a hundred dollars? Since the U.S. and Canada are bound by the same agreement, the U.S. could--and should--make allow- ances for many of the US Great Lakes passenger vessels that operate in near shore environments. Most are seasonal, small businesses and hundreds of dollars is a significant hit especially considering what it buys. In a broader view is this inspec- tion a necessary requirement at all? An inspection requirement that turns up missing paperwork on less than one percent of the vessels inspected every 13 months attests to what we all know is that with the bi-nation agreement that has been founded on the vacuum tube and, copper wire technology era has been replaced with digital reliable, durable, radio equipment. Think tele- vision forty years ago, cars forty years ago, home appliances forty years ago. Maintenance and replacement cycles were measured in months and a few years at best. If you are under 40 that means really old! This agreement has probably has served whatever purpose that it was created for. Besides being from an era techno- logical ages ago, the FCC has other restrictions that seem to go beyond the need, i.e. prevents all company- connected resources from performing the inspection task. A master’s license confers great responsibility for vessel, crew, passengers and the environment. If FCC were to recognize that the master holds a radiotelephone operators license, the equipment is immune from degradation, the FCC has a check-off list available and the Coast Guard boards the vessel once a year the requirement under the Agreement could be met with the master attesting to having preformed the inspection and the Coast Guard inspector could verify the inspection report during the annual boarding. The Agreement is technologically dated and needs to come into compli- ance with whatever need exists today, if any remains. Upon a bi-nation review it may even be retired. Dare we say “trumpted”??? n