Atlantic Regional Meeting – April 9th, 2011

We had a great time on Eagle this past weekend – Read more about the meeting here and view the photos

Here are some of the main topics of conversation with links to additional information:

TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2012 and Great Lakes 2013 Update
Erin Short, TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Coordinator, ASTA

ASTA Member Program Update: Health Insurance
Rick Bagnall, Allen Agency Insurance and Financial

Sail Training International’s “Self Assessment Toolkit”
Bert Rogers, Executive Director, ASTA
Captain Jan Miles, Pride of Baltimore II

Navigating the Regulatory Seas
Captain Jonathan Boulware, ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee

Working with Volunteers (scroll to Focus Session 5, Session B) 
Captain Richard Dorfman, Schooner Pioneer, will describe the typical land-based volunteer program
Captain Simon Colley, Spirit of Bermuda, will discuss risk management and crew training.
Claudia Bankert, volunteer for the Flagship Niagara and the Brig Roald Amundsen, will contrast the two volunteer programs and the issues of volunteer officers

FDA Galley Inspections on Tall Ships
Captain Wesley Heerssen, of the Sailing School Vessel Niagara, will report on his experience in dealing with the FDA in the summer, fall, and winter of 2010/ 2011. In July of 2010, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritis occurred aboard Niagara while in the Port of Cleveland, OH, which infected 26 members of the crew, many of whom were paying trainees. This presentation will describe the events that transpired leading up to, during, and after the incident. The incidence of Salmonella Enteridis aboard Niagara was caused by human error, not inadequate galley design, but subsequent involvement of the FDA led to a decision by the Flagship Niagara League, Inc. to completely redesign and modernize the galley aboard Niagara to meet FDA regulations for vessels. This presentation intends to inform operators of the details of the Niagara’s case, and to make other vessel operators aware of existing FDA regulations that pertain to passenger, cargo, and towing vessels, and arguably to Sailing School Vessels. Following the 30-minute presentation, Captain Heerssen will lead a 15 minute discussion.

Shannon Dunfey-Ball: STI’s Blue Flag Scheme


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