President’s Corner
October, 2016


It’s been a long, hot summer that seems to want to hang around; although I have heard of a few places where this summer’s scorching maximum temperature are beginning to moderate and the leaves that haven’t already turned a toasty brown are beginning to turn to those usual fall colors.  Fall brings a lot of interest to things outside our daily profession; local, county and state fairs are abundant.  There are numerous trade and business conferences vying for our time and dollars.  Here in Texas, it’s widely held that ‘Friday Night Lights’ (high school footfall) drives the social planning schedules whether or not you’re directly involved in the sport.  By the time this is published, NAMS will have held its fall Board of Director’s meeting (September 30, 2016).  The meeting was scheduled to closely following the Breakbulk Americas Conference for those who wished to participate in that event.  The West Gulf Region sponsored an educational session on ethics in the morning just prior to the afternoon BOD meeting.  The agenda was modest, but several topics were brought to the board.

The most important thing to our Association is maintaining our professional stance in the industry and this is up to each and every one of us.  It’s widely held in the restaurant industry that a restaurant is only as good as the last meal it served.  The same can be said for surveying.  Staying atop our profession requires us to stay abreast of the latest innovations and they are coming faster and faster as technology explodes and environmental concerns mandate changes to long held maritime practices.  This will drive further changes in these processes and the necessary equipment to comply.  We need to be working as hard in staying current as we do in conducting our survey work.  They walk hand in hand.

Subchapter M is here.  There are about 5000 commercial towing vessels in the US which will be subject to Subchapter M inspections mandated by the US Coast Guard.  As envisioned, some of these inspections would be conducted by surveyors and not the USCG as is the case with other, ‘inspected’ vessels.  Conceivably, this opens additional survey opportunities for NAMSGlobal Surveyors.  The final rule however, allows the vessel operators to choose a USCG inspection or a third party option.  Further it requires that the third party surveyors conducting the surveys be certified to do so.  NAMSGlobal is working toward that certification as quickly as possible.  In addition, the rule requires that all such inspections be carried out by surveyors working under an approved third party organization that meets certain requirements.  Unfortunately, NAMSGlobal cannot meet those requirements so we are joining forces with the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB) to provide that opportunity where NAMSGlobal will provide the surveyor certification and TVIB will provide the TPO umbrella.  We will have more information as this is finalized.

Remember to keep March 5-8, 2017, on your calendar for the NAMSGlobal 55th National Marine Conference in San Diego, California at the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown.

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

Learn Something New and Share Your Knowledge Everyday!
Gregon Gant, NAMS-CMS

Applicant List

Applicant Applying for Region Sponsored by
Anthony Anselmi CMS East Gulf Tim Anselmi
Andrew Reid Apprentice West Gulf Hopolito Almoite
Jacob Lewis Apprentice East Gulf C. J. Brustowkz
William Morris Apprentice East Gulf Jeff Millard
Timothy Bucher Apprentice East Gulf C. J. Brustowkz
Colin Cesnik Apprentice West Gulf Hopolito Almoite
Alan Sinclair Apprentice East Gulf Hopolito Almoite
Brian Hales Associate East Gulf Mohammed Zaheer, C. J. Brustowkz,
David Pereira
James Thomas Apprentice South Pacific George LeBaron
Seth Mosley Associate East Gulf Dick Frenzel, Richard Schiehl,
Matthew Knoll

Crossed The Bar

Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark;
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.


Bolling Douglas
It is with much sadness that we notify the membership that Retired Life Member Bolling Douglas passed away, she will be missed by all.

David Hamaker
It is with much sadness that we notify the membership that Inactive member David Hamaker passed away, he will be missed by all.

Kevin L. Moran
Kevin L. Moran, former member from Missouri died September 7 at 68 years of age. He began his survey career in 1980 with Marine Loss Control, then worked for Federal Barge Line, Caleb Brett USA and Merrill Marine Service. He was most recently director of marine claims at Arthur Gallagher Risk Management from which he retired in 2014.


Upcoming Educational Events

4 – 6 October 2016
Tampa Florida, Tampa Convention Center
IBEX Show: NAMSGlobal will have a booth #552 on the 3rd level Richard Learned needs help putting up and manning the booth if you plan to attend please email the [email protected]so I can register you as a part of the booth staff to get your express pass.
The seminars look good and you can earn up to 10 CE’s for various sessions (

5 October 2016 – South Atlantic Regional Meeting and Luncheon
0930 to 1230 at Tampa Convention Center all NAMS Members are invited to attend. You will earn 3 CE Credits.  Please contact Richard Learned, Regional Vice President for further details.

October 12, 13 & 14, 2016, Destrehan, Louisiana
Maritime Risk Claim Solutions, Inc. presents 2nd Annual Maritime Risk Claim Seminar
Cost $400.00.
Location: Ormond Plantation, Destrehan, Louisiana
Contact: Maritime Risk Claim Solutions, Inc.
Tim Anselmi, NAMS-CMS
Office 985.532.0442
National Association of Marine Surveyors Approved CE credits 16 Hours.  See website for CE credits available to others.

October 14, 2016 Destrehan, Louisiana
Maritime Risk Claim Solutions, Inc. presents Confined Space Awareness Simulator Course, hosted by Kheiron Holdings, LLC.  The simulator course will be held immediately following the MRCS seminar on Friday. The cost is $50.00 per seat, which is separate from the MRCS seminar tuition. Registrants do not have to attend the seminar to take this one (1) hour course.
Contact: Maritime Risk Claim Solutions, Inc.
Tim Anselmi, NAMS-CMS
Office 985.532.0442

21 – 22 October 2016
Great Wolf Lodge, Sandusky, Ohio
International Association of Marine Investigators, Great Lakes Regional Training Seminar

2 – 3 December 2016 Norfolk Virginia
Central and Mid Atlantic Marine Surveyors Regional Meeting
Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Hotel All NAMSGlobal Members are invited to attend.  You will earn 12 CE Credits.
Please contact Lloyd Griffin for more information:  [email protected]
Registration form will be available soon.

20, 21-23 February 2017 Morehead City, NC
Marine Cargo Consultants, Inc. is hosting a 1-day Bunker Survey course February 20 and a 3-day Draft Survey Course at the Port of Morehead City, NC February 21 – 23, 2017.  Approved by NAMS for CE credits (6 for the bunker and 18 for the draft survey course). Course information may be accessed at or contacting the instructor at [email protected] or (800) 567-6294 /  +1 (202) 239-2729 outside the US / Canada.

5 – 7 March 2017 San Diego, California
NAMSGlobal National Conference, Embassy Suites Hotel, 601 Pacific Hwy.  Check theNAMSGlobal website for further details.

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy
provides world leading academic and professional development courses that will give you the skills, knowledge and tools you need to assist your career progression and put you ahead of the competition.  Cost-effective, efficient and flexible distance learning delivery means you can fit your studies around your work and home commitments.  To browse the entire portfolio – including technical, legal, management, finance and logistics programmes – visit the websiteordownload our prospectus. 
Katrina Bowns, Education Consultant, Lloyd’s Maritime Academy

American Society of Appraisers – Education Update
•  Take an in-depth look at IRS provisions and how they can affect you and your practice

How Due Diligence and other Provisions of IRS Circular 230 Apply to Appraisers
Identify key IRS standards that impact professional appraisers. Learn More
Registration is only $39 for ASA members!

The webinar will explain how appraisers are impacted by IRS standards for professional conduct. The presenter, Steve Whitlock, Director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, will provide an overview of the history and provisions related to appraisers in Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Participants will be able to identify key requirements in IRS Circular 230 and will learn the difference between sanctions and penalties and how they apply to appraisers.
October 26, 2016 | Online Webinar | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
$39 member; $69 non-member/  1 hr. CE

October 27-29, 2016, Norfolk, VA
•  Discover the appraisal side of the marine industry
Do you know the three approaches to value as they apply to marine appraisals?  Learn More
Register for this unique class today

This course is designed for the non-marine professional who wants basic knowledge of the industry and for the marine professional who wants to learn more about the appraisal side of the industry. The instructor of this class will discuss marine equipment and systems and the three approaches to value as they apply to yacht appraisals. Students will learn the functions of a marine surveyor and appraiser and how to identify both commercial and yacht marine equipment and systems. Learn more about this specialty course and presenter.
$1,195 members; $1,345 non-members  21 hrs. CE

Upcoming Opportunities!
 Students have two options: attend the classroom in person or remotely. You can attend from anywhere in the U.S. We provide you with a link to videoconference into the classroom. Turn on your computer, dial your phone (or turn on your computer speakers) and attend. This includes video and audio capability using Microsoft Live Meeting! You will have the ability to see, hear, and ask questions of the instructor. Education credits are available for in-class attendees (brokers and agents only).

Registration is at

NAMSWorthy Articles Of Interest

Recent West Gulf Regional Seminar
The West Gulf Region arranged a Rigging Seminar hosted by Holloway Houston on August 19, 2016. Holloway Houston is one of the largest rigging shops that puts slings and lifting gear together.  They have the capability of testing the breaking strength on various types of lifting gear. They also offer spreader bar rental, sling inspection, engineering and a water bag testing system to verify the load limit on cranes.

The seminar involved risk management for lifting and rigging, the Basic Rigging Plan, guide lines for the inspection of lifting hardware, inspection of slings, how to properly observe the Rigging Triangle, and the proper application of hardware and slings.  Following the class instruction, we were treated to a lunch and then a tour of the facility where we observed sling making and testing in progress.  We were introduced to the various types of hardware and testing equipment available.

We were provided with great reference material and guidelines which will prove helpful when we carry out such surveys in the field.  We felt the seminar to be most informative.  It provided important guidelines to follow in order to insure proper lifting practices.

William A. Duval, NAMS-CMS
West Gulf Regional Vice President

Those attending the seminar from left to right in the photo: Jeff Millard, Darin Miller, Bill Duval, Ralph Perera, Instructor Yigal Cohen, Lawrence Riley, Jacqueline Ellis,  Harvey Spiller, Ron Sikora, Greg Gant.  Also attending were NAMS applicants Aung Zaw and Amin Ali.


USCG issues Safety Alert on Inflatable Life Jackets
Posted by LT Katie Braynard, USCG Monday, September 12, 2016The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Alert 13-16 to remind all inflatable life jacket users of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on their equipment.Instances of fatal accidents where inflatable life jackets failed to properly inflate have been documented. When a life jacket fails to inflate properly, the results can be life threatening.

In light of these instances, the Coast Guard highly recommends routine maintenance, service, and inspection in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

For additional details, please view the entire safety alert.

USCG – updated FAQ re Subchapter M
The US Coast Guard posted Updated FAQ regarding Subchapter M (towing vessel inspection). (8/31/16) [].  Courtesy: Bryant’s Maritime Blog.  [email protected]

USCG issues Safety Alert reminding its Container Inspectors and others involved in the inspection or handling of intermodal containers that there is always a risk of exposure to hazardous materials, whether the containers are marked as containing HAZMAT or not.
During a recent review of Coast Guard container inspector injuries, there were several instances related to acute exposures to hazardous materials. In all reported instances, exposed inspection personnel immediately backed away from the container to a safe distance and sought medical treatment and professional response to the release.

Indications of hazards can include oxygen deficient environments, hazardous material leaks, odors or sounds (such as when compressed gas is released), symptoms of dizziness or light-headedness, and any other indications.

The causes for these reported exposures and hazardous situations varied but included:

  • Cargoes shifting in shipment and damaged packaging, blocking, and bracing;
  • Poorly secured cylinders or unsecured lids on drums;
  • Container vents taped shut from the inside and, as such, not visible to inspectors; and
  • Improper loading of the container and undeclared hazardous materials off-gassing due to temperature and/or humidity changes.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that port professionals, shippers, and industry personnel working with containerized cargo follow all best practices and meet all safety requirements during each stage of the transportation stream.

Safely package, stow, and handle containers and cargo and immediately address any situation involving hazardous materials by contacting the appropriate private or public emergency response organizations.

Never underestimate the importance of:

  • Properly loading containers and using proper hazardous material communication (e.g., placards and labels) in accordance with domestic and international regulations;
  • Following established safety procedures when conducting container inspections; and
  • Knowing hazardous material release protocols, including evacuation procedures when hazards are identified or suspected

Obviously this alert would also apply to marine surveyors, whether insurance company personnel or third party contractors. For additional information on the alert go to:
Courtesy Chubb Marine Underwriters’ Loss Control NewsBlog

A perceived overreliance by some ships’ crews on technology and a lack of crew experience is leading to safety concerns in the maritime industry, experts say. “There is no substitute for experience at sea,” said Steve Harris, senior vice president for Marsh Ltd.’s marine practice in London. He said that while there are new safety measures, such as the Polar Code adopted by the International Maritime Organization in 2014, that require adequate training for crews of vessels entering the Arctic or Antarctic, “very few people with both the necessary experience and ability to train others exist.” He added that there are concerns about crews’ over-reliance on technology such as electronic chart displays and information systems. “There is a growing concern among the maritime community about “PlayStation syndrome,’ which is the overreliance on and trust in technology,” as well as the “hypnotic effect” of screens on ships’ bridges “to the point where perceptions of distance and clearances may become warped,” Mr. Harris said. “Technology should be complementary to, rather than a replacement of, experience – both in the engine room and on the bridge,” Mr. Harris said. It is important to make training hands-on to “motivate crews to understand the importance of it,” said Andrew Kinsey, NAMS-CMS, senior marine risk consultant at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty S.E. in New York. While vessels are increasing in size, crews are getting smaller because of the economic pressures facing the shipping industry, he said. In addition, he said, many mariners are on short contracts of only six months or one year, again as a result of the economic headwinds facing their employers. “There is a shortage worldwide of experienced” crew, Mr. Kinsey said. He said that the current generation of seafarers has grown up with video games, but online training, for example, does not necessarily equate to carrying out a job. Therefore, he said, training “needs to reflect reality and consequences.” But Joe Hughes, chairman and CEO of Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc. in New York, said concerns over crew experience – or lack thereof – are probably lower now than they were from 2003 to 2008, “when the shipping boom was creating a real crisis of human resources within the maritime industry.” Indeed, he added, the slump in the maritime industry may now be creating a glut of workers. (Business Insurance, 7/31/2016) Courtesy AIMU Weekly Bulletin.

MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge Collision – 11 August 2001
On 11 August 2001, the motor vessel Windoc and the Allanburg Bridge suffered a collision. Ship-bridge collisions are rare, because a true collision requires that both objects be in motion at the time of impact. The Allanburg Bridge (also referred to as Bridge 11) is a lift bridge over the Welland Canal at Allanburg, Ontario. The Windoc was downbound and passing under the lift span when the span unexpectedly lowered. The vessel’s wheelhouse and funnel were destroyed. The vessel drifted downstream, caught fire, and grounded approximately 800 meters from the bridge. The vessel was eventually declared a constructive total loss. The bridge sustained structural damage and the Welland Canal was closed to vessel traffic for two days. Amazingly, there were no injuries, the master, third mate, and helmsman escaping down a ladder just before impact. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (operator of the bridge) initially denied responsibility, but later paid damages after the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued a report (M01C0054) finding that the performance of the individual operating the bridge at the time was “likely impaired” when he lowered the span prematurely. A short, but interesting, video of the collision and its immediate aftermath is also available.  Courtesy: Bryant’s Maritime Blog.  [email protected]

NTSB – Safer Seas Digest 2015
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its Safer Seas Digest 2015, examining 29 major marine casualty investigations closed by the agency during the year and the lessons learned from each. (8/17/16) [].  Courtesy: Bryant’s Maritime Blog

On the first anniversary of the Tianjin, China disaster, Risk Management Solutions Inc. (RMS) completed an analysis of catastrophe risk of the world’s ports and has ranked the top ten based on their estimated potential for marine cargo loss.  The six U.S. ports are located on the Gulf of Mexico. The ports and loss amounts are as follows:

Nagoya, Japan-                  US$ 2.3 billion
Guangzhou, China-             US$ 2.0 billion
Plaquemines, LA-              US$ 1.5 billion
Bremerhaven, Germany-    US$ 1.0 billion
New Orleans, LA-             US$ 1.0 billion
Pascagoula, MS-                US$ 1.0 billion
Beaumont, TX-                   US$ 0.9 billion
Baton Rouge, LA-              US$ 0.8 billion
Houston, TX-                     US$ 0.8 billion
Le Havre, France-              US$ 0.7 billion

The estimates are based on 500-year return period (1 in 500 chance of occurring in any given year) for earthquake, wind and storm surge perils only. RMS believes that the size of the port and its catastrophe loss potential are not strongly correlated; the cargo type and natural hazards they face are more pertinent indicators.

We are not going to argue the modeling but would suggest that from a U.S. port perspective, several major facilities, and in CAT prone areas, were omitted. Based on 2014 cargo tonnage data, the number 3 (New York/New Jersey), 5 (Long Beach), 8 (Hampton Roads, VA), 10 (Mobile, also on the Gulf) and 11 (Los Angeles) ports were conspicuous by their absence. We would also note that since LA and Long Beach (nearly 150 million tons combined) are contiguous they would almost certainly be affected by a single event.  Conversely, Plaquemine, an energy (oil & gas) port and Pascagoula were numbers 13 and 24 in cargo throughout.

For more details on the RMS report go to:
Courtesy Chubb Marine Underwriters’ Loss Control NewsBlog

At last: Container Shipping Industry to Benefit from Harmonised Interchange Inspection Criteria
London, Friday July 1st 2016:
 In a significant breakthrough for the container shipping business, the two criteria currently used when inspecting containers during the interchange process between operators and leasing companies are now to be harmonised.

Until now, there have been two different interchange inspection standards: the “IICL-5” criteria (managed by the Institute of International Container Lessors); and the “Common Interchange Criteria”, administered by the CIC Group of leasing companies, comprising five of the world’s leading container lessors (Triton Container, Seaco, Florens Container Services, CAI and Blue Sky Intermodal) who represent over 50 percent of the world’s leased dry freight container fleet.

Launched in August 2007 as an alternative to the IICL-5 criteria – and endorsed the following year by the Container Owners Association – CIC has enabled shipping lines to benefit from a significant reduction in repair costs by eliminating unnecessary repair to containers. An additional advantage has been a more environmentally friendly approach to container maintenance, with reduced container handling.

The harmonisation process has been undertaken by the leasing industry, which has recognised that the container business – shipping lines, leasing companies and container depots – will benefit from a single standard. Discussions have taken place in recent months between CIC members and the IICL as to how the two different criteria might be harmonised.

Although there are some small adjustments to the most recent version of CIC (see Table below), the new standard preserves all the main benefits offered by CIC. It also offers more consistent and accurate equipment inspections and repair estimates, bringing efficiencies to all parties.

The harmonisation is taking place simultaneously with the introduction of the IICL 6th edition into the industry (“IICL-6”). Both, CIC and IICL members expect that the harmonised interchange standards will create a better path to more accurate estimates, less disputes and more trained professional inspectors.

The updated version of the CIC standard is scheduled to be introduced for off-hire activity taking place from August 1st, 2016 onwards.

A technical bulletin is available on the CIC website ( and also on the COA’s website ( For further information please contact Patrick Hicks at the COA Secretariat on [email protected]  or telephone +44(0)20 8390 0000.

Recent ship fires have caused the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) to call for a reevaluation of the fire-fighting equipment used on container ships. The call comes just as the Wan Hai 307 container ship suffered a fire in Hong Kong. The ship’s crew were unable to extinguish the fire, and local salvage tugs were deployed to help. Uwe-Peter Schieder, Vice Chairman of IUMI’s Loss Prevention Committee explains how he sees recent incidents: “At sea, below-deck fires cannot be fought with water and so CO2 is used instead to displace the oxygen and extinguish the fire. However, if the fire is burning within a container, the box will protect it from the CO2 and so this method of fire-fighting is rarely successful. Currently there are no other methods of fighting a container ship fire below deck. Even on deck, the crew only have access to hoses and nozzles. They do not have sufficient monitors or foam and so cannot cool the vessel’s structure”. IUMI is concerned that seafarers are being asked to tackle onboard fires with inadequate equipment. The Association highlights the incident on MSC Flaminia where three seafarers lost their lives. The vessel burned for almost six weeks, 70 percent of the cargo was destroyed and the ship was declared a Constructive Total Loss. IUMI is well aware of the SOLAS regulations but is calling for further dialogue involving IMO, class, shipbuilders and shipping companies to further improve firefighting capabilities onboard container ships.  (International Maritime Organization, 9/20/2016)  Courtesy AIMU Weekly Bulletin.

NTSB Releases Study on Coast Guard Vessel Traffic System
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) details 14 conclusions and 21 recommendations aimed at further reducing the risk of collisions, allisions, and groundings involving vessels operating within U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service areas. The study, “An Assessment of the Effectiveness of the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service System” (NTSB/SS-16/01), focused on the performance of the Coast Guard’s VTS system, which currently comprises 12 VTS centers. The need for the study was driven by the investigation of six major commercial vessel accidents since the Coast Guard’s 2009 implementation of its “Vessel Traffic Service National Standard Operating Procedures Manual.” Information provided by the Coast Guard indicates collisions, allisions and groundings within VTS areas between 2010 and 2014 resulted in two fatalities, 179 injuries and more than $69 million in damage to vessels, facilities, infrastructure and the environment. “Variance within a single safety system is itself a potential hazard and mariners traveling from one VTS to another must be able to rely on consistent Coast Guard services,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart. “The recommendations contained in our safety study, if acted upon, will improve the effectiveness of the VTS system throughout America’s waterways. I note with appreciation the Coast Guard’s openness and transparency with our investigators and the service’s treatment of our study as a thorough and independent effort to improve Coast Guard operations.” The NTSB issued 17 of its 21 recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard, one to the American Pilots Association, two to the American Waterways Operators and one recommendation was issued to the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services. (Marine Log, 9/15/2016 Courtesy AIMU Weekly Bulletin.)

Poem of the month
courtesy Ted Crosby, NAMS-CMS

Six hundred lonely miles from Rarotonga,
The old twin-screw Tahiti stopped to die.
Her starboard wheel was gone and half her stern
Yawned open to the sea. The air lanes rang
And answers came from ships almost too far away.
Sixteen feet in the engine room…Her people fought
Until their hands were raw. An epic struggle
Filmed itself against the dark…With decks awash
They launched the boats and watched their ship
Slide down stern first as help drew near.

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“The front page,” said the editor, “won’t stand that stuff.
It’s run two days…We must have NEWS. These
Didn’t lose a single life…”

By James A. Quinby
The Street and The Sea

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