b'THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE PASSENGER VESSEL ASSOCIATIONMARCH 2021 Convention Review VOL 20, NO. 2PRESIDENT FEATURESColleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier and Wildlife Cruises, Valdez, AK 8 A Letter from PVA Off icersYes, the past year has been painful for our VICE PRESIDENT industry, but optimism for this coming Bob Bijur, Island Queen Cruises, Miami, FL season is rising. PVAs officers penned SECRETARY/TREASURER a letter to the membership explaining Jim Swindler, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, San Francisco, CA what the association is doing to help BOARD MEMBERS vessel operators and industry suppliers.COLUMNSBen Bernstein, BB Riverboats, Newport, KYErik Bombard, Catalina Express, San Pedro, CA 10 Staten Island Ferry During Jed Dixon, North Carolina Department ofCoronavirus Pandemic in 2020 4Presidents LetterTransportationFerry Division, Manns Harbor, NC When COVID-19 struck, Staten Island7 Executive Directors LetterSteve Jones, Gateway Clipper Fleet, Pittsburgh, PA Ferry, a free public ferry system in New John Lake, Hornblower, Alexandria, VA York City, found itself reacting to the22 Point-CounterpointPatrick Murphy, Blue and Gold Fleet,28 Legislative ReportSan Francisco, CA unthinkable: attempting to operate Sarah Pennington, Classic Harbor Line, New York, NY during a worldwide pandemic.30 Regulatory ReportHoyt Purinton, Washington Island Ferry Line,32 Safety MattersWashington Island, WIAndrew Sargis, Wendella Sightseeing Boats,14 PVA Virtual Convention Off ers36 NewswireChicago, IL Educational and Networking38 Member NewsASSOCIATE MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE Onscreen 42 New Member Profi leRob McMahon, Pinnacle Marine Corporation,For the fi rst time in the associations Stoddard, WI history, PVA presented its annual43 PVA Welcomes New MembersPVA PAST PRESIDENTS convention and exhibition virtually.44Green WATERS NewsBob Lawler, Boston Harbor Cruises, Boston, MA U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Karl46 Coast Guard ReportGus Gaspardo, Padelford Packet Boat Company, St. Paul, MN Schultz kicked offthe event with a live46 Advertisers IndexEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR presentation. John R. GroundwaterLEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR 24 PVA at 50! Celebrating PVAs Edmund Welch 50th Anniversary REGULATORY AFFAIRS CONSULTANT PVA Past President Dick Purinton Peter Lauridsen refl ects back on his term as the helmDIRECTOR OF FINANCE of the association. Leslie KagariseDIRECTOR OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS AND RISK MANAGEMENTEric ChristensenGENERAL COUNSEL ABOUT THE COVER Steven Bers, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston Madonna, a passenger/vehicle ferry and icebreaker, EDITORIAL OFFICES off ers year-round service to and from Washington Managing Editor: Karen Rainbolt Island, WI. Operated by Washington Island Ferry pvafoghorn@aol.com Line, it was locally built by PVA Associate member 2771 Houston Dr., Los Osos, CA 93402 Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and delivered in 2020. TEL: (571) 388-7752 Story, page 24. CONTRIBUTING EDITOR:Richard Purinton: richard@wisferry.com FOGHORN is published monthly except combined January/February by the Washington Island Ferry Line, Washington Island, WI Passenger Vessel Association (PVA), 103 Oronoco Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, CREATIVE DIRECTION & DESIGN VA 22314. Send address changes to FOGHORN at pvainfo@passengervessel.com.Amy Wilkamymarie.wilk@gmail.com Copyright 2021 by the Passenger Vessel Association. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the Passenger Vessel Association.PASSENGER VESSEL ASSOCIATIONPVAINFO@PASSENGERVESSEL.COMPHONE: (703) 518-5005 FAX: (703) 518-5151'