Membership - American Sail Training Association

Atlantic Regional Meeting 2011

Agenda is preliminary and subject to change
Saturday, April 9
0800 - 0830 Registration and Coffee
0830 - 0845 Welcome and Introductions: ASTA Update
Bert Rogers, Executive Director, ASTA
0845 0915 TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2012 and Great Lakes 2013 Update
Erin Short, TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Coordinator, ASTA
0915 0945 ASTA Member Program Update
Gene McKeever, Allen Agency Insurance and Financial
Rick Bagnall, Allen Agency Insurance and Financial
0945 - 1000 Morning Break
1000 - 1100

Sail Training International's "Self Assessment Toolkit"
Overview and workshop
Bert Rogers, Executive Director, ASTA
Captain Jan Miles, Pride of Baltimore II

1100 1115

Focus Session Overview
Captain Jonathan Boulware, Chair, ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee
Captain Richard Dorfman

1115 - 1215 Lunch
1215 - 1345 Focus Sessions
Navigating the Regulatory Seas
    ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee
    Updates on:
Americans with Disabilities Act
STCW integration into US licensing structure
USCG sailing vessel rig inspections
EPA Vessel General Permits
AIS requirements
ECDIS requirments
Increased passenger weight
and more!
Working with Volunteers
    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
1345 - 1400 Afternoon Break
1400 - 1545 Focused Topic Discussions (your suggestions) including:

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
    If you have a topic you would like present for discussion please email the information to Lori Aguiar to be added to the schedule.
1545 - 1600 Wrap up: Plan follow through, Upcoming meetings and events, announcements
1600 - 1700 Tour of EAGLE
1730   Dutch Treat Dinner at a local retaurant (tbd)


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