What we’ll be talking about…

Here is the agenda for the regional meeting in Mystic in March.  We will be following  a similar agenda for the meeting in Toronto and on the Pacific Coast (location/date still TBD).

0800 – 0830      Registration and Coffee

0830 – 0900     Welcome and Introductions: ASTA Update

0900 – 1000      ASTA Member Program Update

1000 – 1020      Morning break

1020 – 1130       Regulatory and Licensing Issues –

The United States Coast Guard has requested comments on the  proposed final implementation of STCW for US mariners. The proposed implementation includes changes in required seatime to achieve various licenses, clarification of definitions that have been ill-defined or gray for many years, and also specifies training requirements that are expensive and, in some cases, irrelevant to our industry. A working group of the ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee (SOS) has been working to determine what aspects of the proposal may affect ASTA members and has prepared comments, which were submitted in ASTA’s name, to the USCG at a public comment session regrading this docket held at USCG Headquarters in DC on Jan. 20. Many of the proposed changes WILL affect mariners who hope to upgrade or obtain first issue merchant mariner credentials. It is sage to say that if this proposal goes through unchanged, the challenges of attaining new licenses will increase dramatically and vessels that include any foreign portion in thier program will experience extreme difficulties meeting thier manning requirements.

1130 – 1230     Lunch

1230 – 13 30   Focus Sessions
                              A. Sailing Vessel Rig Inspections: Update  –

 In response to several recent rig failures, the United States Coast Guard has begun to require Third Party rigging evaluations as part of thier annual safety inspection. This action does not recognize the unique nature of the ASTA fleet and the inability of most marine surveyors to adequately assess our vessels. The Coast Guard has reached out to ASTA to develop protocols which can relieve ASTA vessels of this requirement. For the past year, a special task group of ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee has been engages in a USCG/ASTA collaborative effort to create an alternative to the third party rig inpections.

                          B. Using New Media and Social Networking to Fill Your Berths

1330 – 1345     Afternoon Break

1345 – 1445    Focused Topic Discussions (your suggestions)

1445 – 1515     Wrap up: Plan follow through, upcoming meetings and events, announcements


1530 – 1700

Guided our of the Charles W. Morgan with a discussion on her restoration and voyaging plans. Viewing of the new shiplift and tour of the shipyard.

Guided tour of the Watercraft hall where the Museum houses of 500 vessels not currently on exhibit to the public.

1730               Dutch Treat dinner at a local restaurant (TBD)


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