Membership - American Sail Training Association

Pacific Regional Meeting 2010


0900 - 0930 Registration and Coffee
0930 - 1000 Welcome and Introductions: ASTA Update
1000 - 1100 ASTA Member Program Update
1100 - 1120 Morning Break
1120 - 1230 Regulatory and Licensing Issues Captain Jonathan Boulware, ASTA Ships Operations and Safety Committee
    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.
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1430 Sailing Vessel Rig Inspections: Update: Captain Jonathan Boulware, ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee
    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.
1430 - 1445 Afternoon Break
1445 - 1600 Focused Topic Discussions (your suggestions)
1600 - 1630 Wrap up: Plan follow through, Upcoming meetings and events, announcements
1700 - 1900 Optional:: 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Golden Gate Tall Ship Society (Cocktail Reception) $25 per person
  1900 Dutch treat dinner at a local restaurant (tbd)
April 9th

The Golden Gate Tall Ship Society is celebrating 25 years of Scholarships and service to the community!

Join us the evening of Friday, April 9 for our gala clebration at the Maritime Museum at San Francisco's Aquatic Cove (Aquatic Bath House Building). The activities start at 5:00pm and will continue to 7:00. Members will be able to browse the museum and see the restored paintings on the walls, and meet with the artist! Their newest exhibit, Karl Kortum's Big Idea, will also be open for viewing.

Additionally, there will be sea chanties, a visual retrospective and special guests! And door prizes and other items you can win! And, did we mention, food and drinks (no host) to enjoy!

The cost is only "a dollar per year", $25 for the evening. Plan to join us now! Make your reservation by clicking on the little "sign up" arrow below to guarantee your spots at the celebration!

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