6/20/2018: Coast Guard-Passenger Vessel Association Quality Partnership Meeting recap

The Coast Guard and the Passenger Vessel Association held their bi-annual Quality Partnership Meeting last month to discuss safety issues and other topics affecting the professional passenger vessel industry. The Coast Guard/PVA partnership was established in 1996 as a non-regulatory mechanism for cooperative, informal, consistent and structured activities to address issues of passenger, personnel, and property safety, and environmental protection within the domestic passenger industry. This post offers an overview of the discussions as well as updates on the partnership’s on going work.


2/16/2018: Passenger Vessel Association 2018 convention – recap of remarks

The Passenger Vessel Association held its annual convention in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 27-31, 2018, and nearly a dozen Coast Guard senior leaders and staff had the opportunity to provide their thoughts on topics of mutual importance to industry and regulators.


11/27/2017: Illegal passenger vessel operations – A risk to safety, credentialed mariners, and legitimate operators

Illegal operations and the potential dangers they present have existed since the inception of passenger vessel regulations. In recent years, however, the introduction of certain smart phone apps to the hospitality and transportation industries has exacerbated the issue by making it easier for property owners to enter into agreements to temporarily lease, charter, or rent their homes or vehicles to interested parties for compensation. As expected, emerging business ventures are now dedicated to boat rentals and water taxis using similar business plans and smart phone apps. In this post, the Coast Guard discusses some of the risks associated with illegal passenger operations and what the boating public and legitimate operators can do to protect themselves.


11/6/2017: Coast Guard-Passenger Vessel Association Quality Partnership Meeting recap

The Coast Guard and the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) held their bi-annual Quality Partnership Meeting Oct. 26, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss safety issues and other topics affecting the professional passenger vessel industry. Maritime Commons attended the meeting and is providing a summary of the discussions and key takeaways.


2/10/2017: New battery chemistries for commercial vessels

Last week Coast Guard engineers Cdr. Sean Brady and Lt. Kate Woods gave presentations on plan review for battery power installations at the Passenger Vessel Association annual MARITRENDS convention and the Pacific Maritime’s forum on Liquefied Natural Gas and alternative fuels. As a courtesy to our audience, Maritime Commons is providing an excerpt of their remarks.