Certified marine surveyors may play a large role in the future inspection of uninspected towing vessels (UTV's) that Congress has mandated, Edward L. Shearer told The Waterways Journal at the 45th Annual NAMS Conference East held in Galveston on April 2 and 3. NAMS
is the National Association of Marine Surveyors Inc. Shearer, president and owner of Shearer & Associates, a firm of naval architects, marine engineers and marine surveyors in Houston, New Orleans and Nashville, was later scheduled to make the presentation to the entire conference, which attracted more than 100 marine surveyors, insurance executives, attorneys, and other professionals to the historic Tremont Hotel.
While implementation of the inspection program may be as much as two years away, the first draft of the new regulations was released the previous week at a meeting of the Coast Guard Transportation Safety Advisory Committee
(TSAC) Working Group on Towing Vessel Inspection
There are still major portions of the inspection process that have not been written.Two of the sections in the draft proposal that Shearer
specifically noted were left blank included a section on crew endurance and a section on the oversight role of the Coast Guard….