32 MAY 2019 • FOGHORN REGULATORYREPORT tencies and more than six years field experience as marine inspectors. The advanced designation also means they possess one of the following compe- tencies of our interest. They are K-Boat Inspector, Drydock Inspector, Hull Inspector and Machinery Inspector, or Machinery Inspector Steam. There are requirements to maintain currency in competencies. They are not one and done. Beyond the training at Yorktown there are ports called feeder ports. By definition, feeder ports are the backbone of training for Commercial Vessel Compliance personnel, producing highly competent marine safety professionals who will train the next generation of marine inspectors and supply the Prevention program with personnel who understand the marine industry that we protect. PVA members in feeder ports have, on occasion, experienced an over- The European World Leader, proudly serving America's finest ! Reservations, Check-In, Port Automation, ePoS Reservations, Check-In, Port Automation, ePoS We care about your Customers Worldwide, we serve over 33 million passengers, 5 million vehicles and over a million cargo units annually. From whale watching to fine dining and from bay crossings to ocean voyages; Carus has the answer. www.carus.com The European World Leader, whelming contingent of inspectors showing up to conduct an annual in- spection. This is how apprentice inspec- tors receive onsite training from more qualified inspectors. Most members in feeder ports have understood that practical experience is necessary to accompany marine inspector training and have offered vessels and personnel at other opportune times to facilitate the training. This not only permits a better learning environment but avoids the tendency for each member of an large inspection team going their own unaccompanied and unsupervised way. The Marine Safety Manual also identifies mid-level management positions. These are marine inspec- tors that are not often visible except at Coast Guard sponsored industry days and purposeful visits. Their duties are described in the Sector Organizational Manual. These positions are Chief of the Prevention Division and potentially subordinate branch chiefs that address segments of the prevention department responsibilities such as vessel inspec- tion branch chief or even in large ports passenger vessel inspection branch chief. There are other initiatives that a marine inspector can pursue that are described as informal professional de- velopment. Three that may involve PVA and its members are engaging in a pre-planned industry familiariza- tion opportunity, attending a maritime industry event or providing instruc- tion, or a presentation at an industry- led event. We routinely include Coast Guard in the PVA Annual Convention at Maritrends and our region meetings. This quick summary omits much detail. It is only an overview to famil- iarize ourselves with some of the Coast Guard training, some of the workplace terminology and in some areas where PVA and its members contribute to the marine inspector’s knowledge base. The Marine Safety Manual has much, much more information and anyone interested can find it in the Coast Guard Marine Safety Manual, Volume II, Section A-7. n