b'SAFETY MATTERS:Tiered Inspections and SAFETYFour-Letter WordsERIC CHRISTENSEN // PVA DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS & RISK MANAGEMENTW ithPVAsfi rstandhopefullylastvirtualconventionVessels identifi ed as needing Tier 1 inspections will be subject to the behind us, it is now time to turn our attention to somemost detailed inspections for both inspection for certifi cation and annual of the things we learned at the convention.We had theinspections.In fact, the expanded annual inspections on Tier 1 vessels will pleasure of having Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coastbe similar to inspections for certifi cation in scope.Vessels receiving Tier Guard as our opening General Session speaker.He managed to hit2 inspections will see little if any change in how they have been inspected all our major concerns from the mask mandate to illegal charterover the past several decades.As mentioned above, vessels receiving a Tier enforcement and tiered inspections.While he was short on specifi cs3 inspection should see a shorter reduced scope inspection on up to three of the tiered inspection policy, he appeared open to input regardingannual inspections.the tiered inspection program including a possible change to de-emphasize the term high risk. NEW COMPLIANCE TOOLSTo assist operators in complying with current regulations the Coast Guard HIGH RISK has revised the inspection forms for small passenger vessels inspected Highriskisnotnon-compliant.Itisnotunsafe.However,under Subchapter K and T.Most operators are familiar with the old CG-thewordshighrisklikeotherfour-letterwordscarryanegative840 books that marine inspectors used to carry in their pocket and use as connotation.PVA staffand members made a point of bringing upa reference during inspections.As mentioned by the Commandant in potential legal and insurance concerns with both the Commandanthis Opening General Session remarks, marine inspectors in the fi eld have and CAPT Matt Edwards, Chief of the Office of Commercial Vesselbeen issued iPads that can be loaded with references and other Apps to Compliance.CAPT Edwards reiterated the intent of the policy toimprove efficiency.So, with electronic tools come electronic forms such Shift from equal eff ort on all vessels to increased focus on vessels thatas the new FM-840(K) and FM-840(T).These new forms replace the old pose the greatest risk. While 10% of the domestic passenger vesselbooks and are available on the Coast Guard Homeport page as well as the fl will have Tier 1 inspections conducted by more experiencedPVA website in the Member Download area under Member Resource tab. eet marine inspectors and be subject to an In-Service inspection, a farBecause these forms are not printed by the Coast Guard, they can be greater percentage (approximately 40% to 45%) of the fl eet will haveupdated easier to account for new regulations, policy, or guidelines.Some reduced scope Tier 3 inspections.The table below illustrates howof the highlights of the new forms are annual focus areas and human the three tiers of inspections will be put into practice. factors.TABLE 1Credit: U.S. Coast GuardSAFETY MATTERS 32 FOGHORN'