Focus Session: Regulatory Perspective on Inspections, Investigations and Safety in the Tall Ships Fleet

Regulatory Perspective on Inspections, Investigations and Safety in the Tall Ships Fleet

Updated 2.12.2013


Marc Cruder, Senior Travelling Marine Inspector, USCG (click here for the presentation)
Captain Rob Jones, Senior Marine Accident Investigator, National Tansportation Safety Board 
CAPT David Fish, Chief, Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis (click here for the presentation)

Description:  A three part session featuring speakers from the US Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board with a healthy portion of time set aside for questions and discussions. Come prepared with the questions you have always wanted to ask your Coast Guard and NTSB Officials

1)      Inspections -Regulating Sail Training and Tall Ships – Where does your vessel fit in? Marc Cruder USCG
2)       USCG Investigations 101- Capt. David Fish  USCG
3)      The Safety Culture – Rob Jones NTSB and Capt. David Fish USCG
Biography of Speakers:
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.

Marc Cruder
Marc Cruder

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 Rob Jones

Captain Jones is a Senior Marine Accident Investigator with the Office of Marine Safety, at the National Transportation Safety Board’s headquarters in Washington, DC. 

Captain Jones received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nautical Science from the Maine Maritime Academy at Castine, Maine in 1980.  Upon graduation he received a USCG License as Third Mate and shortly thereafter was employed by liner companies including Sea Land, United States Lines and Moore-McCormack Lines.  In 1982 Capt. Jones started his employ with the Transoceanic Cable Ship Company and advanced up through the ranks until sailing as Master in 1990.  Captain Jones was responsible for the installation and repair of undersea fiber optic cable systems around the world.  Many of these operations included the use of unmanned submersibles and other remotely operated vehicles.  Captain Jones retired from the Cable Ships after 13 years as Master to join the Safety Board in March of 2003. 

Captain Jones has participated in numerous accident investigations since his arrival at the Board.  He has launched as the lead investigator for Deck Operations on the Safari Spirit, S.S. Norway, Empress of the North, Cosco Busan, and most recently the Elka ApollonMSC Nederland collision in the Houston ship channel in October of 2011.  During the Staten Island ferry accident in 2003 involving the Andrew J. Barberi he served as Survival Factors group chairman. Captain Jones has led eight investigations as Investigator in Charge including, the capsizing of the Taki-Too, and Sydney Mae off the Oregon Coast, the grounding of the Selendang Ayu in the Aleutians, the grounding of the New Delhi Express, the Axel Spirit and Orange Sun allisions all in the port of New York/New Jersey and the Eagle Otome collision in Port Arthur, Texas.

  Capt. Jones resides in the Annapolis area with his two children Cameron and Madison.

CAPT David S. Fish

CAPT David Fish
CAPT David Fish

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