January 2019

Jennifer Yovan, Office Manager, [email protected]
Greg Gant, President
David Pereira, Vice-President
James Neville, Secretary
Matthew Knoll, Treasurer
Immediate Past President, Steven P. Weiss
Phil Peterson, E-News Editor

The President's Corner

Howdy…and Happy New Year!

It's the time of year when we reflect upon 2018 and ponder 2019.  I ask myself… did I accomplish all that I had intended to do last year?  Usually, the answer is no, and this past year was no exception.  Why?  Life gets in the way.  I didn't plan on Hurricane Harvey in 2017, nor did I plan on having to leave the 2018 NAMS National Conference in Mobile early due to a sudden illness.  I've recovered fully from that; but didn't receive all the continuing education credits which would have completed my 2018 requirement for NAMS re-certification.  Fortunately, I have a local, late year, conference I attend each year which completed my required hours.  Many of our members reached the end of the year needing a few hours (or more).  If you found yourself scrambling at the end of the year to finish, why not make your 2019 New Year’s Resolution to finish all hours required for the 2019-2020 re-certification period by attending the 2019 and 2020 National Marine Conferences.

The 2019 NAMS National Marine Conference is set for March 24-27, 2019, at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Washington – that’s Washington State (across the river from Portland, Oregon).  You should have received an email from the National Office with registration details.  You can call or go to the Hilton Hotel web site to book your room:

2019 NAMS National Marine Conference
March 27-29, 2019
Vancouver, Washington

Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W. 6th Street
Vancouver, WA   98660

Reservations can be made by calling 800-445-8667
Group Room Block Space is limited and only available until Friday, February 22, 2019.  Ask for the NAMS Room rate $149.00nt plus taxes.  Single / Double standard room.  Additional charges for upgrades.
You can also book online:http://group.hilton.com/nationalassociationofmarinesurveyorsinc

May I remind you that your utilization of the Hilton accommodations supports the conference.  NAMS has guaranteed this block of rooms be filled in order to get the advantageous room rate and other conference concessions necessary to make the conference a success.  If you don’t book and use them, we pay for them.

My 2019 New Year’s Resolution.  Get my re-certification credits done early.
Why not make it yours?

Reggie and I wish each one of you best wishes for the New Year.  We look forward to seeing you at the National Conference!

Remember, each time you sign a letter, report, or email and include the “NAMS-CMS” moniker, you are representing the professionalism that is NAMSGlobal.

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The Great Lakes Region had a great meeting in late November at Portage, IN.  Regional VP Kevin Bache and Regional Rep Daniel Boltz put together an excellent program, with Jonathan Klopman, NAMS-CMS as the keynote speaker on report writing and nondestructive testing.  Other speakers included the Port Director Ian Hirt of the Port of Indiana, maritime attorney Dennis Minichello on ethics, Terminal Superintendent of Federal Marine Terminals Brian Larue, a presentation on Marine HVAC and refrigeration by Buck Kittredge, SAMS-AMS, and drive train failure analysis by Roy Smith, NAMS-CMS

NAMS members are welcome to submit news from their region for publication in our newsletter.  Please submit them to the NAMSGlobal office, or directly to [email protected].

Thanks, and be safe out there!
Phil Peterson, NAMS-CMS

New Applicants/Members Change in Status

Name                            Applying For          Region                Sponsored By

Jeff Brumfield                   CMS                  East Gulf               Norman Atrainer                                                                     
Lee Taylor                         CMS              South Atlantic             Dick Frenzel  

Lee Rohlfing                     CMS              Central Pacific           James Pritchard   

George Periera                 CMS                   West Gulf               Peter Kolp

Myles Greennway             CMS               Central Atlantic          John Wilson, III

Dean Hostetler                  CMS                  New England           Neil Rosen  

Dusan Corovic                  CMS                 International           David Swearengin

Dana Collyer                     CMS                  New England           Neil Rosen                 

Murat Gunay                 Apprentice          Central Atlantic         Dick Frenzel 
Abdulaziz Nota                  CMS                   West Gulf              Maqsood Kazi           

James Shawn McGee       CMS               Western Rivers         Fred Wright

Brian Vitrano                     CMS                    East Gulf               Robert Keister  
Danny Duzich                   CMS                     West Gulf             Harvey Spiller         

Kevin Towery                     CMS                Western Rivers          Jan Haynes

Dexter White                      CMS                 New England             Robert Paine

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Mar. 24 – 26, 2019,  Vancouver, WA
NAMSGlobal 2019 Annual Conference (12 CE's suggested)
Attached is the conference registration form

Mar. 17 – 20, 2019,  Biloxi, MS,  IAMI’s 29th Annual Training Seminar

International Institute of Marine Surveying 2019 Conference
Jan. 18 & 19, 2019, Baltimore, MD,

“New Products for Old Practices,” including a variety of classes for performing marine electrical surveys, report writing software, vessel mold inspection, enclosure panels, super yacht inspections,   low pressure high volume material removal using a powered recycled media-bottle glass, introduction to the resurrection of Fletner Rotors and Magnus Effect- Gustav Magnus and A. Fletner sail towers, Entratech approved fuel water separator with alarm, wooden boat surveys, non-destructive testing, valuing our services, new polymer coating protection, development of 50’ water taxis for harbor use, using vessel maintenance, service and refitting for Disable Vet rehabilitation.  Meeting cost is $225, 14 CE’s Suggested 

Registration can be made by email to [email protected]or by calling 410-490-0216


Distance learning has been proven to be highly beneficial to a large variety of people.

With courses being delivered at different levels, distance learning can meet the needs of a truly diverse student body. High competition for jobs means having additional training and education can be a real advantage, whether someone is in the market for a new career or simply wants to progress in their existing position.

January courses include:

Certificate in Container Shipping

 Certificate in Laytime and Demurrage

 Certificate in Maritime Environmental Management


Courses available on line:
Feb 4 – 8, 2019  Introduction to Ocean Marine Insurance

Feb. 13 – 15, 2019  Introduction to Ocean Marine Claims Examiner

Feb. 20 – 21, 2019  Introduction to Cargo Insurance

* ABYC *

Jan. 15 – 17, 2019, Sarasota, FL, ABYC Standards Certification

 Jan. 21 – 23, 219, Cedarville, MI,  ABYC Marine Systems Certification

 Jan. 22 – Feb. 1, 2019,  ABYC Portland, OR, Marine Standards System Certification

 Feb/ 5 – Feb. 8, 2019  Chicago, IL,  Basic Marine Electrical and Corrosion Mitigation

 Feb 6 – 7, 2019,  South Portland, ME,  ABYC Marine Systems Certification – FAST TRAC

 Feb. 12 – 14, 2019,  Boyne City, MI,  ABYC Marine Electrical Certification

 Feb. 22, 2019,  Warwick, RI,  Volvo Penta Marine Technology Training

 Mar. 5 – 8, 2019,  Ashland, WI,  ABYC Marine Corrosion Certifiction

* TVIB *
Mar. 12 – 15, 2019,  New Orleans, LA,  Annual Survey of Towing Vessels Course

* SAMS *
Jan. 26, 2019,  Seattle, WA,  Pacific Northwest Sub Regional Meeting

* IMCS *
Feb. 25 – 26, 2019,  Antwerp,  Marine Incident Investigation and Analysis Course

Feb. 20, 2019,  Webinar,    7-Hour USPSP for Personal Property, Gems & Jewelry & Machinery & Technical Specialties http://www.appraisers.org/Education/View-Course?CourseID=280

NAMSWorthy Articles of Interest


Co-Chair, NAMS FV Technical Committee
Southwest Passage Marine Surveys, LLC                       

           At a recent Board of Directors Meeting for the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB), the USCG provided the following list of the 10 most common Sub-chapter M deficiencies for towing vessels.

  1. Generators do not have RPM gauges (46 CFR143.230(c)(3) Alarms and monitoring).
  2. The vessel does not have a method to seal off natural openings for the engine room (46 CFR142.245(a)(1) Requirements for training crews to respond to fires).
  3. The hydraulic oil tank is not alarmed(46 CFR143.230(a)(6) Alarms and monitoring). This alarm sounds if hydraulic steering fluid levels are low and this alarm may not be required on all vessels.
  4. There is no proper storage for flammable/combustible liquids (46 CFR 142.225 Storage of flammable or combustible products).
  5. The engine alarm panels are inadequate (46 CFR 46 CFR 143.230(a) Alarms and monitoring).
  6. The vessel’s alarm set-points have not been tested (46 CFR143.245 Readiness and testing).
  7. The watertight doors are not properly marked (46 CFR144.160 (e) Marking).
  8. The escape hatches are not properly marked (46 CFR144.160 (f) Marking).
  9. Navigation assessments are not being completed(46 CFR140.635Navigation assessment).
  10. The emergency fuel shut-offs are not properly marked (46 CFR143.260 (e)Fuel shut-off requirements).

 Below, in no particular order, are other common deficiencies I have found during my surveys:
• Piping is not color coded or marked as required by 46 CFR 143.250System isolation and marking.
• System isolation as required by 46 CFR 143.250System isolation and marking.
• Proof of compliance with 33 CFR 164.74 Towline and terminal gear for towing astern for vessels that engage in astern towing.
• There is no policy to test the air compressor relief valves at regular intervals as required by 46 CFR 143.245Readiness and testing.
• MAWP is not on the air receivers as required by 46 CFR 143.300Pressure vessels.
• Ensure the vessel’s spill containment system meets the requirements of 33 CFR 155.320Fuel oil and bulk lubricating oil discharge containment.
• Ensure all electrical panels, equipment and wiring comply with 46 CFR 143.250(b) System isolation and markings and 46 CFR 143.400(d)Electrical systems, general.
• Provide proof that the vessel’s fire detection system complies with 46 CFR 142.330 Fire detection system requirements.
• Provide proof that the vessel’s fire pump, main, hydrant and hose comply with 46 CFR 142.325(a) Fire pumps, fire mains and fire hoses.
• Provide proof that the vessel’s portable fire pump complies with 46 CFR 142.325(a)Fire pumps, fire mains and fire hoses.
• Provide proof that the smoke detectors on the vessel meet the requirements of 46 CFR 142.330Fire detection system requirements
• Provide proof that the emergency lighting system on the vessel meets the 2-hour duration requirements of 46 CFR 143.410(b)(1)Shipboard lighting.
• Provide proof that the general alarm complies with 46 CFR 143.235General alarms.
• Provide proof that all doors, hatches and openings leading into the superstructure or hull were tested for weathertight integrity as required by 46 CFR 144.320 Watertight or weathertight integrity.
•  Provide proof that all watertight bulkheads prior to issuance of the vessel’s COI as required by 46 CFR 144.320 Watertight or weathertight integrity.
• Emergency exits and watertight doors are blocked (46 CFR 144.500 Means of escape).
• Violations of 46 CFR 140.510(a)(2) Identification and mitigation of health and safety hazards. This includes items such as holes in the deck, protrusions from the deck, lack of lagging on exhaust lines, damaged stair treads, damaged ladder rungs, damaged or missing railings, etc.

As always, I hope anyone who wants to discuss this article or has questions about FVs, 46 CFR Subchapter M or ethics will contact me at 503-236-6818.



Maersk Line is launching what it claims is an alternative to cargo insurance in response to the rising number of shipments consigned without cover.  According to the carrier, some 30% of cargo moved by sea is uninsured, but one source told The Loadstar this figure is could be overly conservative.  “In my experience, the actual percentage of shipments travelling without insurance is far closer to the 50% mark,” said the source. “The only time this becomes an issue is when a problem arises, but when it does, it is usually quite significant.”

In March, five crew members died following a fire on the Maersk Honam and the source suggested the impetus behind the launch of Maersk’s Value Protect was to prevent a repeat of the cost heaped on the carrier as a result of uninsured shipments.  “That [Maersk Honam] has to have been responsible for the biggest general average in history and the carrier says 30% of the cargo was uninsured,” said the source.

However, a Maersk spokesperson told The Loadstar the incident was not the catalyst: “The incident aboard Maersk Honam was not the impetus for Value Protect, but the wish to meet our customers’ needs and expand our commercial offerings,”  General average (GA) groups line and the cargo owners as a “venture” and expenses incurred from an incident during a voyage are shared. Under maritime law, the cargo owners, by way of bills of lading, are contractually responsible if problems arise, but there are no stipulations surrounding insurance.  “Carriers could take the party to court for breach of contract when they are unable to pay the GA, but they usually lack the money or assets to make this worthwhile,” the source said. “You can see the logic behind Maersk’s decision, but it has not said what the cost will be and if it covers all eventualities – it could be more than the cost of the cargo itself.”

Maersk said Value Protect would cover cargo loss or damage from a range of incidents such as fire, accidents due to danger of the sea, theft and natural disasters. Cyber incidents, cargo damage caused by delay and contributions in general average – excluded under conventional terms of carriage – would also be covered.

The carrier’s head of logistics, Klaus Rud Sejling, said: “We take care of every container we transport, yet, some events might be outside of our control, like extreme weather or perils of the sea that may result in cargo loss or damage. International conventions limit carriers’ liability and set potential pay-out limits.

“By purchasing Value Protect, customers will have peace of mind, so even if an unpredictable event should happen, they can rest assured knowing their business is protected,” he added. (The Loadstar, 12/10/2018)


Cruise ship captain fined €100,000 for using dirty fuel

The captain of a cruise ship found to be burning fuel with excessive sulphur levels has been fined €100,000 (£88,500) in a Marseille court, the first such ruling in France.  The prosecution was intended to signal a new seriousness in tackling pollution from cruise ships after a spot-check in March on the Azura, operated by P&O Cruises, found it contained unauthorised bunker fuel.  The American captain, Evans Hoyt, knew the fuel was illegal – it contained 1.68% sulphur, 0.18% above the European limit – and the company was using it to save money, prosecutors said during the trial.

 The judge handed Hoyt a fine of €100,000, but specified that the parent company of P&O, the US-based Carnival, should pay €80,000 of the sum.  The company had “wanted to save money at the expense of everyone’s lungs”, the prosecutor Franck Lagier told the court in October.  A recent report in the journal Nature attributed 400,000 premature deaths and 14m cases of childhood asthma a year to emissions from dirty shipping fuel.

A spokesman for Carnival said: “The Carnival group carries over 12 million guests on its vessels each year and takes its legal and moral obligations towards the protection of the environment very seriously indeed. We were therefore very disappointed to be prosecuted for this offence, which was based on a European law the French environment ministry had explicitly informed the cruise industry would not be applied to cruise ships and which, in any event, has still not been properly implemented. The captain was using the fuel in good faith, as directed by us, based on our understanding of the law. We have lodged an appeal and will consider the full decision of the court once it is available.”

Marseille is a popular stop for giant cruise ships that ply routes in the Mediterranean between Spain and Italy and port services are an important part of the local economy. However, smog has increased in the city in recent years and shipping is thought to be responsible for a large part of the pollution, which causes respiratory problems and lung disease.  High-sulphur fuel, which is cheaper than cleaner versions, produces sulphur oxides that contribute to acid rain and the acidification of oceans.


AWO Releases Cyber Risk Management Best Practices for Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Waterways Operators has released best practices to help the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry in identifying and managing cyber risks and detecting and responding to cyber attacks or accidents. The document, Cyber Risk Management: Best Practices for the Towing Industry, Version 1.0, is the product of a year-long initiative undertaken by the Cyber Risk Management Quality Action Team, a working group of the Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership, the oldest public-private partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard and its stakeholders.

Recognizing that the companies that make up the towing industry are diverse in size and complexity and that, when it comes to cybersecurity, one size won't fit all, the Quality Action Team encourages companies to take a tailored approach to cyber risk management that incorporates a cyber risk management policy and related procedures into a company's existing safety management system. The best practices are aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework – the gold standard for managing cyber-related risk, which the Coast Guard has incorporated into guidance for other segments of the maritime industry – and clarify and expand on them to make them actionable for towing companies. The document also includes information about how to conduct a cyber risk assessment and report a cyber incident.

AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti commented: "The tugboat, towboat and barge industry is a vital component of our nation's critical infrastructure, transporting annually over 760 million tons of commodities that power the American economy, and working in constant partnership with the Coast Guard to keep our waterways safe and secure. As our industry continues to integrate cyber systems into all aspects of its operations in order to meet the demand for efficient maritime cargo transport, we recognize the importance of providing our companies with resources to mitigate against the growing range of cyber threats. We are very pleased to offer these best practices as a resource for members as we continue to work with our government partners to address this substantial challenge."      

The best practices can be viewed here:

The Marine Safety Center revised the GEN-05 Review of Stability Test Procedures on 10/16/2018.

This Plan Review Guideline provides general guidance and information for conducting successful stability tests and submitting stability test procedures to the MSC. It applies to vessels certificated under any subchapter of 46 CFR.

Plan Review Guidelines were developed by MSC staff and are provided as an aid in the preparation and review of vessel plans and submissions. They were developed to supplement existing guidance and are not intended to substitute or replace laws, regulations, or other official Coast Guard policy documents. For more information about PRG, contact the MSC at [email protected] or 703-872-6730. When contacting MSC, reference the PRG by procedure number, e.g. GEN 05.

Link to new Stability Test Proceedures :

 Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to De Nora Water Technologies Texas, LLC

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 15th Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to De Nora Water Technologies Texas, LLC, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

The treatment principle of the BALPURE BWMS consists of filtration with electrolysis during uptake and neutralization during discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 400 m3/h and 8,570 m3/h.

 A complete list of ballast water treatment systems that have been approved or have type approval applications currently under review can be found on the Marine Safety Center webpage. Redacted copies of all completed type approval certificates are also available.
From the USCG Blog for Maritime Professionals

Also see the attached SERT Brief Sheet on Inland and Harbor Salvage Plans


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