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38PACIFICFISHERIESREVIEWspecialsupplementtoJuLY2012Fishermenx19snewsOPINIONtheneWusCgrulesex3ectiveJuly12012dictateallnewvesselsgreaterthan50eetinlengthoverallmustbesur-veyedandclassed.Otheworldx19s40-plusclassix2cationsocieties13belongtotheInternationalAssociationoClassix2ca-tionSocietiesandx2veothoseareanoligarchyx13powerandrulebyaew.Inourcaseitx19sABSinHoustonandDNVinOsloorlargex2shprocessingvessels.Botharenowtryingunsuccessullytore-writetheirclasssurveyrulestox2tthesmallerx2shingvesselfeetintheUS.Onlyonethingiscertainitx19sgoingtocostx2sh-ermenalotomoneyoranewsmallerboat.Notjustonetimeorplanreviewandthenasurveyduringconstructionbutyearateryearincontinuingsurveycostsandunregulatedclassix2cationeesshippedox3toNorway.Youx19vehadyourboatdesignedbyanavalarchitectandbuiltbyarepu-tableyard.Beoreyoucansitdownwithyoureetupandrestyoumusthavetheloadlinethree-leggedstoolconsistingowatertightstructuralintegrityintactstabilityandcrewprotection.Addclassoversightorallmachineryandtheextraeesromeachandeveryvendorjustorastampedpieceopaper.Tereisnoopera-tionalorsaetydix3erencebetweenaclassandnon-classCaterpillargeneratorjustanextra30000.00.Andthatx19sjustoneitemtobuildaboat.Mainenginesbuiltonaproductionlineorsmallervesselsdonx19thavetheirx1cpapersx1dsothecostoa50-ooterskyrockets.Fishingvesselsaetyhasbeenhan-dledbytheUSCoastGuardandUSCG-authorizedindependentsurveyorsbutnowhasbeenturnedovertoanillpre-paredABSandsomebutnotallotheotherclasssocieties.TeUSCGhaspol-icyletterstoacceptplansetsengineeredanddrawnbystateregisteredproessionalengineersandtheCoastGuardqualix2estheindependentsurveyors.TecurrentAlternateComplianceProgramortheheadandgutfeetshowstheUSCGcanhandletheotherloadlinerelatedtaskoonsiteinspectionprovidedbyclassaswell.Orbetter.Loadlineregulationsandclassix19ca-tionsocietyruleswerewrittenorlargervesselsromthepointoinitialdesign.Smallervesselscannotcomeclosetotruecompliance.AlogicalalternativewithequivalentsaetyisanenhancedAlterna-tiveComplianceProgramornewvesselssimilartotheprogramtobedevelopedorexistingvessels.Anappropriateprogramwouldencompassthedesignandmain-tenancefeaturesofbothLoadlineandClassprovidedbyindependentengineersandsurveyorsandadministeredbytheCoastGuard.TiswillrequireCongres-sionalaction.WewanttheUSCGbackasourinspectors.PleasewriteyourSenatorsandRepresentativesaskingthemtogivex2shermenandtheUSCGthelatitudetohandlethisinainamorelogicalpracticalandsaermanneratamuchlowercost.Establishusereesandwewillpay.Unortunatelymaritimeaccidentsareonly20-percentequipmentrelatedand80-percenthumanerror.Allthesewonderulequipmentsurveysneedtobesupplementedwithanewattitudeonthehumanelementwiththenumber-oneculpritbeingcrewerrorsduetoatiguecreatedbysleepdeprivation.Circadianrhythmneedstobethestyleomusiceveryoneembraces.Letx19sfocusoncrewatiguex2rstandlettheCoastGuarddevelopanenhancedAlternativeCom-plianceProgramorbothexistingandnewvessels.Classdismissed.yhigx13ClassLowClassx13Tx13eCaseforNoClassQuESTIONWIllAlACKOFClASSRESulTINlESSFISHINgvESSElSAFETYANSWERAbsolutelynotx13withaproperlyadministeredUnitedStatesCoastGuardAlternativeComplianceProgram.TherewillactuallythenbemoreundsavailabletoenhancesaetywitharesultantreductioninriskevenitheUSCGimposesuserees.Since1974MR.DIxONhasbeenpartothenavalarchitecturestasoGlobalMarineMARCOShipyardandGuidoPerlaAssociateswherehehelpeddrattheUSCommercialFishingIndustryVesselSaetyActo1988.HewastrainedinNorwayasashipsurveyorbyClassix1cationSocietyDNVandhasconductedsurveysortheUSFishingVesselSaetyActInternationalLoadlineSOLASMARPOLandOSHAcomplianceorInternationalcommercialvesselsandtheUSx1shingfeet.Since2001hehasservedasGeneralManageroPacix1cFishermenShipyardandElectric.ByDougDixonP.E.