38 MAY 2017 • FOGHORN ADVERTISERS’INDEX LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 MEMBERNEWS PVA Online Safety Training Portal As you know, PVA’s Safety and Security Committee is constantly working to develop materials and training resources that PVA members can use immediately in your companies. The committee is made up of highly informed and committed members who are passionate about safety and the training tools that they have developed are excellent. Most recently, the committee partnered with PVA Associate Member Marine Learning Systems, to develop and offer PVA’s crew training videos and manuals through an online portal that PVA members can access and use for free.  The online portal can be reached through the Member Resources tab on the PVA website under Safety and Security Tools. You will be asked for a User ID and password.  If you are unsure of your User ID or password, contact PVA’s Eric Christensen at 1-800-807-8360 x26 or echristensen@passengervessel.com. I hope that you will take a moment to review and use PVA’s material and tools in your company’s training program. In the meantime, please contact me if we can ever be of assistance to you. Sincerely, John R. Groundwater Executive Director n American Cruise Lines’ American Constellation Ready Ahead of Schedule American Constellation, the newest vessel for PVA member American Cruise Lines, Guilford, CT, left the Chesapeake Shipbuilding shipyard in Salisbury, MD, with construction complete ahead of schedule for its inaugural season, which begins in May. Earlier this year, when it became clear the ship would be completed ahead of schedule, American Cruise Lines added two Chesapeake Bay cruises to the beginning of the season and both cruises have already sold out. American Constellation will also be running a New England cruise. “Our new ships raise the standard for cruising in the United States,” says Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “The American Constellation is beautiful and we are thrilled to have it early.” American is actively pursuing its new build program. The newly- named American Constitution is also ahead of schedule. Along with its two new coastal ships,American Cruise Lines recently announced it has begun construction on a fleet of five modern riverboats. n PVA CALENDAR For more information, go to www.passengervessel.com/ SitePages/calendar.html January 28-31, 2018 PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2018 Savannah, GA All American Marine.....................................19 Aon Risk Management..................................25 Arcadia Alliance..........................................37 Arthur J. Gallagher & Co...............................18 Blount Boats, Inc,..........................................18 Burger Boat Company...................................17 Carus Ferry Ab Ltd........................................21 Centa Corporation........................................34 DBC Marine - Survitec...................................32 Dejong and Lebet.........................................36 Driveline Service of Portland, Inc....................35 Expeditions Maui Lana’i Ferry........................31 FareHarbor..................................................29 Freedman Seating Company..........................35 Furuno USA, Inc...........................................16 GPLINK LLC..................................................20 Gulfstream Shipbuilding................................11 Hamilton Jet.................................................34 Horizon Shipbuilding....................................13 HUMPHREE® USA LLC..................................36 Jensen Maritime Consultants..........................29 John Deere Power Systems.............................28 Kobelt..........................................................14 Marine Group Boat Works.............................15 Mavrik Marine.............................................22 MCM..........................................................24 MER Equipment............................................24 Metal Shark...................................................9 Motor Services Hugo Stamp..........................40 MTU............................................................39 Propspeed...................................................16 Scania USA...................................................7 Springfield Group.........................................19 Starboard Suite............................................33 Trans4media................................................31 Twin Disc, Inc.................................................2 UES Seating.................................................27 Virtual Ticketing Solutions..............................23 West Marine Pro...........................................30 WheelHouse Technologies, Inc.......................12