b'SAFETYMATTERSdetentions at the headquarters level.with a vessel for years. For example, aIn addition, as the Coast Guard Detentions receive the attention ofvessel or company seeking enrollmentcontinues to implement risk-based in-the Coast Guard Commandant andin the Streamlined Inspection Programspections, vessels with a Code 30Ship are included in an annual report to(SIP) requires a performance assess- Detained in their history will receive Congress.ment by the local Coast Guard OCMI.additional scrutiny and not be eligible If a vessel being evaluated has had afor reduced scope inspections. In other By the Numbers detention in the last three years, theywords, the Coast Guard may inspect At our November 2019 Qualitywould not be eligible for enrollmentvessels with detentions in their history Partnership meeting, the Coast Guardin SIP. more often than regulatorily required. presented the statistics regarding de-tentions to the U.S. flag fleet, and spe-cifically to the domestic passenger vessel fleet. The number of detentions of domestic passenger vessels is in-creasing. In 2018, seventeen passengerwww.rigidized.com/marine.phpvessels were detained. As of Octobermarine@rigidized.com2019, twenty-four passenger vessels were detained. Subsequent to that report, in December 2019, twenty-three more passenger vessels were detained. As an association, we must address this unacceptable trend. In a post- Conception casualty world, our industry cannot be perceived as unresponsive to safety concerns.Vessels have been detained for the following deficiencies:Insufficient or unserviceable personal flotation devicesOil in the bilgeCrew competence (failing drills,providing durability and beauty to NYCs newest ferriesunfamiliar with vessel firefighting systems)Missing or inaccurate logbook entries Unauthorized modificationsUnreported marine casualtiesOperating a vessel with passengers with flooded compartmentsExhaust leaksOverdue servicing of lifesaving and firefighting equipmentThe Penalty BoxA detention goes well beyond a defi-ciency that is issued and then corrected. Just because a deficiency is corrected, the requirement cleared by the local Coast Guard, and the vessel is back in operation, does not mean the detention goes away. A detention is a reflection on the management and operation of the vessel, not the condition of the vessel. Like a scarlet letter, a detention will stay JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 FOGHORN 45'