This formal USCG “resident training” is administered, typically, 3 times each year for up to 15 USCG Active Duty, Reserve, and Civilian members as well as 10 cruise industry stakeholders (cruise line representatives, ship officers, classification society surveyors/managers, foreign flag administration representatives, other government agencies, manufactures and other stakeholders that are instrumental in daily operation, inspection and/or oversight of the cruise industry).
The purpose of the course is to broaden and deepen participants understanding of and competency in the Coast Guard’s Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination program.
Course lessons explain in-depth technical and regulatory concepts on standards applicable to foreign passenger vessels. The combination of lesson proficiency assessments and ship visits ensure greater awareness in participants’ decision making skills while evaluating a vessel’s compliance with international and domestic safety, security, and environmental standards.
The week-long interactions among participants reinforces the value of and need for frequent communication and close working relationships among the cruise industry community and Coast Guard. Likewise, participants gain valuable insight, and a mutual understanding of the impacts their decisions have on cruise industry safety, security, and commercial viability.
This is considered the “finishing school” for CG Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiners. Attendees are divided into 6 teams of up to 5 people. Teams are comprised of a mixture of USCG and industry attendees. Throughout the course of instruction, these teams are given scenarios that could be expected during a typical USCG cruise ship examination and are asked to jointly evaluate and decide on a course of action.