Navigating the Regulatory Seas

Navigating the Regulatory Seas

Captain Jonathan Boulware and Mark Cruder will be presenting on the topic of Sail Vessel Rigging Inspection as it relates to Coast Guard inspected vessels and the ASTA fleet.

Speaker: Marc Cruder, Traveling Senior Marine Inspector

Marc Cruder

Marc is a 1979 graduate of U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a current U.S. Coast Guard license with STCW endorsements as Chief Engineer (Limited-Ocean) – Any Horsepower and Second Assistant Engineer, Steam or Motor – Any Horsepower.  He is also an Accredited Marine Surveyor in Yacht and Commercial Small Craft with SAMS and Affiliate with NAMS.

He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after over 21 years of active duty service primarily focused in Marine Safety and specifically field Commercial Vessel Inspection. Following retirement he was briefly employed with Hornblower Marine Services, an international marine management company as their Corporate Director of Vessel Construction, Compliance and Safety before coming back to the Coast Guard in a civilian capacity. Marc currently works as a Traveling Senior Marine Inspector within the Office of Traveling Inspectors and National Centers of Expertise at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Marc’s areas of emphasis include: Small Passenger Vessel Plan Review; High Speed Craft; Wood and Composite construction/repair; Historic Vessels including Sail, Steam and Riveted Construction; Subchapter W Safety Assessments and the Coast Guard’s Streamlined Inspection Program. He is also the Traveling Inspection Staff’s Consultant to the Vintage Vessel National Center of Expertise located in Duluth, MN charged with oversight of legacy U.S. Flag Vessels with as-built systems and or arrangements that predate the applicability of current regulations.

Noteworthy accomplishments:

  • ·         Primary author of Navigation and Inspection Circular 7-95: “Guidance on Inspection, Repair and Maintenance of Wooden Hulls”
  • ·         Interim Project Manager for Revision to Small Passenger Vessel Inspection and Certification Rulemaking (Subchapter T and K)
  • ·         Contributing Author to Honolulu Inspection Note #13: “Inspection of Sail Rigging and Masts on Inspected Small Passenger Vessels”
  • Last spoke to ASTA at the November 2003 Forum after being called in to evaluate ERNESTINA on drydock subsequent to her 2002 flooding casualty

The Office of Traveling Inspectors and National Centers of Expertise is a unique and specialized staff of Marine Inspection specialists that supports the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Program field missions, programs and policy nationally and internationally. The small staff of Senior Marine Inspectors are focused to the inspected commercial vessel fleet from small passenger vessels to deep draft ships. They are on call to provide technical consult to field commanders and their marine inspectors on a range of issues from repair to policy implementation and regulatory compliance. The Traveling Staff also provides direct feedback to guide Marine Safety Program policy and direction while overseeing program effectiveness. They are regularly tasked to handle issues of particular program concern and act as Industry advocates to broker those concerns while working to solution.

Aside from mandatory cadet time on the USCGC EAGLE, he is a lifelong recreational sailor and cruises the Chesapeake Bay on a 25 ft. Wittholz designed “Prudence” gaff rigged catboat.


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