Focus Session: Navigating the Regulatory Seas –Revisiting STCW

Navigating the Regulatory Seas –Revisiting STCW -An Update on Changes in the Licensing System

Updated 2.14.2013

Presenters: Mark Cruder,  Senior Travelling Marine Inspector, USCG
                        David Van Nevel, Esq., USCG (click here for presentation)
                        Captain Jonathan Kabak, US Merchant Marine Academy
                        Captain Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport

Session Description:

Navigating the Regulatory Seas is Tall Ships America’s Ship Operations and Safety Committee Annual review of issues pertaining to the regulation and operation of member vessels as related to inspections, licensing and other items of national significance. This year’s session will highlight an update on USCG policies regarding rigging inspection and major changes to licensing requirements related to STCW.

Biography of Speakers

Marc Cruder

Marc Cruder
Marc Cruder

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

After serving over 21 years on active duty in the Marine Safety Program focused on Commercial Vessel Inspection; he was briefly employed with Hornblower Marine Services before returning to the Coast Guard and is currently with the Coast Guard Headquarters Traveling Inspection Staff in Washington, D.C. The Traveling Staff is a specialized group of senior marine inspectors focused to the commercial vessel fleet from small passenger vessels to deep draft ships. They provide field commanders and marine inspectors with consult on a range of issues from repair to policy implementation and regulatory compliance. The Travelers also give direct feedback to guide Marine Safety Program policy and direction, regularly handle vessels of particular concern and act as industry advocates to broker inspection issues while working to solution.

Marc’s areas of emphasis are: Historic Vessels including sail and steam; Small Passenger Vessels; High Speed Craft as well as wood, composite and riveted construction/repair. He is also consultant to the Coast Guard’s Vintage Vessel National Center of Expertise charged with oversight of legacy U.S. Flag Vessels with as-built systems/arrangements predating current rules. Most recently, Marc has been overseeing riveted repairs to the Texas Seaport Museum’s Barque ELISSA.

He is a primary author of NVIC 7-95: “Guidance on Inspection, Repair and Maintenance of Wooden Hulls;” was an Interim Project Manager for the Small Passenger Vessel Inspection and Certification Rulemaking (Subchapter T and K); and a contributor to Honolulu Inspection Note #13: “Inspection of Sail Rigging and Masts on Inspected Small Passenger Vessels.”

Aside from mandatory cadet time on EAGLE, Marc is a lifelong recreational sailor and cruises the Chesapeake Bay on a 25 ft. Wittholz designed “Prudence” gaff rigged catboat. He has been working with TSA for the last few years on rigging inspection issues throughout the fleet.

Captain Jonathan Kabak

Captain Jonathan Kabak
Captain Jonathan Kabak

A native of New York City, Captain Jonathan Kabak has had a diverse seafaring career ranging from time on over a dozen Tall Ships America member vessels, to the commercial maritime and passenger vessel industries. Jonathan has a strong background in both vessel operations and in developing and implementing marine education and nautical science programing for all ages.  He holds a 500ton Ocean Masters License for Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Franklin Pierce College with a concentration in Secondary Education. 

Since 2010 he has worked at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the Department of Waterfront Operations and Training where he is the Director of Sail Training.  There, he coordinates vessel operations and training opportunities for the Academy’s Midshipmen across a diverse fleet.  In addition, he has provided STCW training and professional development courses to Professional Mariners, the NOAA Corp and the United States Navy.  He is a member of Tall Ships Americas’ Board of Directors, where he is Chair of the Membership Committee and also serves on the Ship Operations and Safety Committee.  He and his wife Jennifer are members of Tall Ships America and reside in Brooklyn, NY.

Captain Jonathan Boulware

Jonathan Boulware
Captain Jonathan Boulware

Capt. Jonathan Boulware grew up sailing traditional small craft in the Mystic and Connecticut Rivers. He has sailed in more than a dozen tall ships as captain or mate on both Pacific and Atlantic coasts, including extensive experience in New England waters. He served as Master, Mate, Director of Marine Education, and on the Board of Directors for numerous programs including day environmental education, multi-week team building and leadership, and multi-month programs for treatment of adjudicated youth. Captain Boulware worked as a consultant/project manager for both land-based construction and shipyard construction and refit, representing clients in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He currently works as Waterfront Director for the newly revitalized South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. He also serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Ship Operations and Safety Committee for Tall Ships America. He lives in Branford, CT with his wife and five year-old son. He holds a USCG license for sailing vessels to 500 tons upon oceans.

David Van Nevel, Esq.

David Van Nevel lr cropped
David Van Nevel

A 1985 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Mr. Van Nevel graduated with honors and was selected as a service academy exchange cadet studying for a semester at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  After graduation, he served in various active duty assignments in the Coast Guard including tours as a deck watch officer on the USCGC BUTTONWOOD, USCGC WESTWIND, and USCGC NORTHWIND and assignments to various offices at Coast Guard Headquarters. 

After leaving the Coast Guard, Mr. Van Nevel was engaged in private practice for a number of years, returning to government service in 2004.  Since 2008, Mr. Van Nevel has been an attorney in the Prevention Law Division of the Office of Maritime and International Law.  He is embedded with the Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division (CG-CVC-4).  CG-CVC-4 provides policy oversight to the National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, WV. 

Mr. Van Nevel’s time is dedicated to providing legal advice to the mariner credentialing program.  His principal responsibility is reviewing mariner appeals for legal sufficiency.  He is also involved in policy development, review of proposed guidance documents and assisting in regulatory projects.


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