Membership - American Sail Training Association

Great Lakes Regional Meeting 2010

Preliminary agenda subject to change

Tuesday, March 23
1900   Dutch Treat Dinner at a local Restaurant (tbd)  Meet in the main lobby of the Radisson Hotel
Wednesday, March 24
0800 - 0830 Registration and Coffee
0830 - 0930 Welcome and Introductions: ASTA Update
0930 - 1030 ASTA Member Program Update
1030 - 1045 Morning Break
1045 - 1200 Regulatory and Licensing Issues
    The United States Coast Guard has requested comments on the proposed final implementation of STCW for US mariners. The proposed implementation includes changes in required seatime to achieve various licenses, clarification of definitions that have been ill defined or gray for many years, and also specifies training requirements that are expensive and in some cases irrelevant to our industry.  A working group of the ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee (SOS) has been working to determine what aspects of the proposal may affect ASTA members and has prepared comments which were submitted in ASTA’s name to the USCG at a public comment session regarding this docket held at USCG Headquarters in DC on Jan. 20.  Many of the proposed changes WILL affect mariners who hope to upgrade or obtain first issue merchant mariner credentials.  It is safe to say that if this proposal goes through unchanged, the challenges of attaining new licenses will increase dramatically and vessels who include any foreign portion in their program will experience extreme difficulties meeting their manning requirements.
1200 - 1245 Lunch
1245 - 1345 Sailing Vessel Rig Inspection Update
    In response to several recent rig failures, the United States Coast Guard has begun to require Third Party rigging evaluations as part of their annual safety inspection. This action does not recognize the unique nature of the ASTA fleet and the inability of most marine surveyors to adequately assess our vessels. The Coast Guard has reached out to ASTA to develop protocols which can relieve ASTA vessels of this requirement.  For the past year, a special task group of the ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee has been engaged in a USCG/ASTA collaborative effort to create an
alternative to the third party rig inspections.
1345 - 1400 Afternoon Break
1400 - 1500 Focused Topic Discussions (your suggestions)
1500 - 1530 Wrap up: Plan follow through, Upcoming meetings and events, announcements


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