MAY 2019 • FOGHORN 31 REGULATORYREPORT and leaving industry with few options to obtain necessary certificates, documents, and licenses. The transfer idea withered and was supplanted by congressional funding of additional billets and a monitoring of Coast Guard progress under an Enhanced Marine Safety Program. The Marine Safety Manual, Volume II addresses the training and career pro- gression of marine inspectors. At the beginning of the MSM section we find the following: • General Philosophy All personnel involved in commercial vessel safety, whether in the field or at a staff level, have the personal re- sponsibility to continue developing and increasing their proficiency and the proficiency of those around them. There is no finite amount of knowledge regarding ships, structures, systems, equipment, navigation and opera- tions. No one person can acquire all the required knowledge. • Definition of Marine Inspector The marine inspector is an officer or civilian assigned to the inspection de- partment of a field unit to perform the field duties of the Commercial Vessel Safety (CVS) Program. The inspector must understand and apply federal statutes and regulations, Coast Guard policy, and accepted indus- trial standards in the inspection of construction, alterations and repairs, equipment, and operating procedures for various types of vessels. So, the Yorktown course is but the first step in a marine inspection career of lifetime learning and we remain a part of that on the waterfront. The course at Yorktown serves to introduce the marine inspector to T-Boat and Barge inspection competencies. Marine inspector’s progress is marked by a series of areas of quali- fication and job titles that denote that progress. Qualification levels are iden- tified as Apprentice Marine Inspector, Journeyman Marine Inspector and Advanced Journeyman Marine Inspector. The goal of the apprentice marine inspector is to acquire four competencies with at least one foreign and one domestic. The apprentice will remain in that capacity their entire first tour but are expected to “pursue all qualifications available at the unit and once qualified will conduct inspections independently to gain experience in that competency.” The journeyman has at least four competencies with one foreign and one domestic and has completed one marine inspection tour. Journeyman marine inspectors are encouraged to continue professional development and pursue the status of Verification Officer. Verification officers train new inspectors. “Verification Officers (VO) are the backbone of marine safety training.” Advanced journeyman marine inspectors have at least four compe- EXCEED GLOBAL EMISSIONS STANDARDS Build your next ferry to exceed the upcoming global environmental emssions standards. Operate a lightweight vessel equipped with hybrid or electric engines. Reduce your operating and maintenance costs while minimizing your environmental impact. BUILD A CARBON FIBER FERRY. Learn more about America’s only carbon T- and K-Class ferry builder: