b'LEGISLATIVEREPORTvendors and those PVA vessel membersEliminate the requirement for amember fi rst comes on board;in the market to construct new boats. third-party organization role inRemove the bills provision for a In December, Congress reautho- overseeing fi refi ghting training andmandatory Safety Management rized the program through fi scal 2021drills; System (SMS) for every inspected and set the maximum possible annualInstead, enhance fire safety bypassenger vessel. Instead, retain and funding level (the authorization)requiring firefighting training atrely upon the existing 2010 statutory at $40 million. Congress also enactedleast monthly (currently its atrequirement for an appropriate SMS language tightening up the programsleast quarterly) during a vesselsfor those passenger vessels and Buy America requirement for com- operating season. Also, retain thesmall passenger vessels as specifi ed ponents that are purchased with grantexisting requirement for firefight- by regulation by the Secretary of funds. ing training whenever a new crewthe department in which the U.S. At the recommendation of the Legislative Committee, the PVA Board of Directors approved the following resolution: The Maritime Administrations Small Shipyard Grant Program effectively assists in the maintenance of a modern and vibrant American vessel-building capacity. The Passenger Vessel Association urges Congress to appropriate the full au-thorized level of $40 million for Small Shipyard Grants inscal year 2021.Small Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 2019SenatorDianeFeinstein, Congressman Salud Carbajal, and Congresswoman Julia Brownley, all of California, have introduced bills (S.www.imtra.com3042 and H.R. 5413) in response to the fi re on the dive boat Conception with 34 fatalities last September 2. If enacted, the bills will impose additional safety measures for certain small passenger vessels. A full description of the provi-sions of the legislation was published in the January/February 2020 edition of FOGHORN.The sponsors of the legislation are pushing to have the bills (or portions of them) added to the next version of the Coast Guard Authorization Act. The House previously (July 24, 2019) approved its version of the Coast Guard bill (H.R. 3409) and another version has been approved by a Senate committee. IMTRA COLORS 2016At the moment, neither version hasLEDConception-related language, but it isSecondary UsePrimary Use increasingly possible that the fi nal com-promise version will.PVA and four other trade associa- The Trusted Source for Advanced LED Lightingtions representing inspected passengerNAVIGATION LIGHTSDECK LIGHTINGENGINE ROOM LIGHTSSEARCHLIGHTSCABIN LIGHTINGvessels have jointly made the following recommendations to Congress: Blue Pantone 647 Pantone Cool Gray 7 508.995.7000 www.imtra.com Pantone 368 Pantone 629Pantone Cool Gray 2 Black96C 54M 5Y 27K 20C 14M 12Y 40K 5C 3M 5Y 11K 0C 0M 0Y 100K 65C 0M 100Y 0K 36C 0M 9Y 0KMARCH 2020FOGHORN 37'