b'LEGISLATIVEREPORTCoast Guard is operating. Note: theall small passenger vessel safetySuggest that the Coast Guard issue Coast Guard has yet to issue a regu- requirements, but dont mandateregulations addressing:(1) recharge-lation implementing the 2010 SMSincreased rules for all specifi ed areasable devices; (2) interconnected fi re mandate; of safety, leaving the Coast Guarddetection systems: and (3) monitor-Support the bills call for adiscretion as to whether enhanceding devices for the required night mandatory Coast Guard review ofrules are needed; and watch on a vessel with overnight ac-commodations.Cabotage Laws (Jones Act, Passenger Vessel Services Act)PVA has traditionally supported U.S. cabotage laws (i.e., the Jones Act and the Passenger Vessel Services Act) and has opposed periodic efforts to waive, change, or repeal them. These laws reserve waterborne transportation of cargoes and passengers in domestic trade between two points in the U.S. to a vessel that is U.S.-flagged, U.S.-built, U.S.-crewed, and U.S.-owned (75 percent citizenship requirement). Incidentally, the year 2020 is the cen-tennial of President Woodrow Wilsonssigning into law the Merchant Marine Hybrid & Zero Emission Solutions Act of 1920 (which contains the Jones Act).ABB is making sustainable solutions a reality Congressman Ed Case of Hawaii for ferries accross Americas.Learn more at: has recently introduced H.R. 5500, the new.abb.com/marine Noncontiguous Shipping Competition Act. The bill proposes to do away with application of the coastwise laws to all noncontiguous trades (thereby enabling service by foreign-flagged operators) unless there exists a certain specified level of service already provided by coastwise-qualified Full Service U.S. vessel operators. With respect to Vessel Design passenger vessel service within Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, it opens Layouts the door to possible operation by SINCE 1959, LP&Ahas built its reputation on designing unique vesselsStructure foreign-flagged passenger vessels of Out tting any size and foreign-built U.S.-fl agged which meet our clients diverse requirements. In addition to casinopassenger vessels. vessels, we also design a wide variety of vessels including dinner andMechanical systems At the recommendation of the overnight excursion vessels, auto/passenger ferries, research vessels,HVAC systems Legislative Committee, the PVA Board container ships, tugboats, private motor yachts and specialty projects. of Directors approved the following We enjoy an excellent reputation not only with shipyards, owners andElectrical systems resolution: Coast Guard-inspected operators, but also with the U.S. Coast Guard, the American Bureau ofFeasibility studies U.S.- agged passenger vessel operators Shipping, and Bureau Veritas. Stability analysis in Hawaii and Alaska thrive under and rely upon the Passenger Vessel Services Speci cations Act and other cabotage laws. There Phone: (904) 221-7447Fax: (904) 221-1363 Concept designs is no justification to permit foreign 2300 Marsh Point Rd. Suite 303 - agged passenger vessel operators in Neptune Beach, FL 32266 Vessel inspections these locales. Therefore, the Passenger matt@laypitman.comwww.laypitman.com Shipyard andVessel Association opposes H.R. regulatory liaison 5500, the Noncontiguous Shipping Competition Act. n38MARCH 2020FOGHORN'