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PREPUBLICATION COPY—Uncorrected Proofs TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD SPECIAL REPORT 343 Strengthening U.S. Coast Guard Oversight and Support of Recognized Organizations The Case of the Alternative Compliance Program Committee on U.S. Coast Guard Oversight of Recognized Organizations A Consensus Study Report of

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PREPUBLICATION COPY—Uncorrected Proofs v COMMITTEE ON U.S. COAST GUARD OVERSIGHT OF RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS MARY R. BROOKS, Dalhousie University (Professor Emerita), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Chair HENDRIK BRUHNS, Herbert Engineering Corporation, Alameda, California VADM JAMES C. CARD (Coast Guard, retired), Independent Consultant, Spring, Texas VICTORIA DLUGOKECKI, Independent Consultant, Franklin Square, New York DONALD LIU (NAE), American Bureau of Shipping (retired), Seattle, Washington CAPT KYLE MCAVOY (Coast Guard, retired), Robson Forensic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania R. KEITH MICHEL (NAE), Webb Institute, Glen Cove, New York WILLIAM H. MOORE, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., Managers of the American Club, New York, New York KIRSI K. TIKKA (NAE), Independent Maritime Advisor, Port Washington, New York Transportation Research Board Staff MARK S. HUTCHINS, Study Director, Consensus and Advisory Studies THOMAS R. MENZIES, JR., Director, Consensus and Advisory Studies ANUSHA JAYASINGHE, Program Officer, Consensus and Advisory Studies CLAUDIA SAULS, Program Coordinator, Consensus and Advisory Studies

PREPUBLICATION COPY—Uncorrected Proofs vi Preface Section 212 of the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-265) directed the U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) to commission an independent review of its oversight of recognized organizations (ROs) that inspect merchant vessels. To fulfill this statutory mandate, the U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies), through the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB’s) Marine Board, to conduct an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the Coast Guard’s oversight of ROs and its impact on compliance and on the safety of vessels inspected by such organizations. In December 2020, the National Academies appointed a committee of nine experts in the fields of maritime safety, risk, third-party inspection, vessel design and marine engineering, and shipbuilding. Biographical information for the committee is provided in the Appendix. The committee’s full Statement of Task is discussed in Chapter 1. This report represents the consensus efforts of these individuals, who served uncompensated in the public interest. The committee met 15 times from January 2021 to October 2021 to gather information relevant to the study and to deliberate on the report contents, findings, and recommendations. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the committee’s meetings were held virtually through Zoom. Although it was able to hold more frequent and more focused meetings, the committee found the virtual format often reduced the back-and-forth interactions with the speakers during the open meetings. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The committee held open meetings with representatives from the Coast Guard, ROs, U.S. ship owners, and other flag states. The committee wishes to thank the following individuals for participating in the many briefings and discussions over the course of the study and for submitting other written material that contributed to the committee’s work. From the Coast Guard: CAPT Matthew Edwards, Chief, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance; CDR Jamie L. Koppi, Chief, Flag State Control Division; CAPT Jason Neubauer, Chief, Office of Investigations and Analysis; John J. Hannon, Director, Military Sealift Vessel Inspection Policy and Program Manager, U.S. Flag Vessel Inspection; LCDR Lisa L. Woodman; LCDR Morgan Kelly; LCDR Chris F. Mercurio; LT Patrick B. Frain; David G. McCusker; John C. Quandt; Gary L. Strebe; Darren A. Drury; and Michael J. Simbulan. The committee especially thanks LCDR Bryana K. Nicholas, who served as the principal contact between the Coast Guard and the committee and coordinated the numerous information requests from the committee to offices within the agency. From the American Bureau of Shipping: Louis O’Donnell, Assistant Chief Surveyor; and Stephen D. Meesey, Director, Management Systems Certification. From Lloyd’s Register of Shipping: Tony Bush, Principal Specialist for Regulatory Affairs; Edilberto Peralta, Americas Regulatory Affairs Manager; and Theodosia Manousaki, Regional Internal Auditor. From Det Norske Veritas (DNV): Georgios Kasimatis, Director Regulatory Affairs; Ricardo Mendes, Americas Production & QHSE Manager and Chief Surveyor; and Gilberto Tuñón, Flag Liaison Officer.

PREPUBLICATION COPY—Uncorrected Proofs vii From Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK): Masaki Matsunaga, General Manager of External Affairs Department. From International Registries, Inc.: Bill R. Gallagher, President; Brian Poskaitis, Senior Vice President, Fleet Operations; and David Wamsley, Senior Vice President, Maritime Services. From Liberty Maritime Corporation: Philip J. Shapiro, President and Chief Executive Officer; Joshua M. Shapiro, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Theodore S. Makrinos, Vice President of Engineering; Thomas F. Keenan, Executive Vice President, Marine Operations; and William Campbell, Vice President of Operations. From other domestic and international organizations: Peter Sutton, Vice President, HSSE & Operations Integrity, Crowley Shipping; David Moore, Senior Manager, OE/HES, Chevron Shipping Company, LLC; Manuela Tomassini, Head, Department of Sustainability and Technical Assistance, European Maritime Safety Agency; Stephan Assheuer, Managing Director, admaris GmbH; Lucinda McIntyre, Head of Section, Registration and Certification Registrar of Ships, Australian Maritime Safety Authority; Luc Tremblay, Executive Director, Domestic Vessels Regulatory Oversight, Marine Safety and Security, Transport Canada. Mark S. Hutchins managed the study and assisted the committee in the preparation of its report under the guidance of Thomas R. Menzies, Jr., Director, Consensus and Advisory Studies. Anusha Jayasinghe, Program Officer, and Claudia Sauls, Program Coordinator, provided extensive support to the committee. Karen Febey, Senior Report Review Officer, managed the report review process. This Consensus Study Report was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies in making each published report as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. The committee thanks the following individuals for their review of this report: THOMAS F. KEENAN, Liberty Maritime Corporation KEVIN D. ODITT, Intercontinental Terminals Company JOSEPH A. RIVA, American Bureau of Shipping (retired) JOSEPH A. SERVIDIO, J.A. Servidio TOR E. SVENSEN, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (retired) JEFFREY D. ULLMAN, Stanford University (retired) EUGENE VAN RYNBACH, Herbert Engineering JAMES A. WATSON, American Bureau of Shipping (retired) Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations of this report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. CHRIS T. HENDRICKSON (NAE), Carnegie Mellon University, and WALTER R. FRONTERA (NAM), University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, oversaw the review of this report. They were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with the standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the authoring committee and the National Academies.

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PREPUBLICATION COPY—Uncorrected Proofs ix Contents ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1 INTRODUCTION Study Origins and Charge, Study Approach and Report Organization, 2 BACKGROUND OF THE U.S. FLAG FLEET AND THE ALTERNATIVE COMPLIANCE PROGRAM Technical Oversight Program, U.S. Flag Fleet Regulation and Inspection Programs, Additional Background on the Alternative Compliance Program, Profile of the Alternative Compliance Program and Maritime Security Program Select Fleets, 3 COAST GUARD ACTIONS TO SUPPORT AND OVERSEE RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS AND THE ALTERNATIVE COMPLIANCE PROGRAM Relevant Findings from the El Faro Investigations, Investigation Recommendations and the Coast Guard’s Responses, Implementation of Agreed-to Oversight Actions, Summary, 4 DATA, METRICS, AND RISK-INFORMED TOOLS FOR COMPLIANCE VERIFICATION AND OVERSIGHT OF RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS Data and Data Systems, Performance Statistics and Metrics, Risk-Informed Oversight, Summary Assessment and Recommendations, 5 THE COAST GUARD WORKFORCE FOR ALTERNATIVE COMPLIANCE PROGRAM SUPPORT AND OVERSIGHT Improving the Consistency and Quality of Vessel Inspections and Oversight Examinations, Increasing Inspector Competencies and Experience, Improving Recognized Organization Oversight Capacity and Expertise, Conclusions and Recommendations, 6 DELEGATIONS AND OVERSIGHT BY FOREIGN MARITIME ADMINISTRATIONS AND OTHER U.S. SAFETY REGULATORY AGENCIES European Maritime Safety Agency, Australia, Canada,

PREPUBLICATION COPY—Uncorrected Proofs x Marshall Islands, Summary Comparison, Addendum: Approaches to Compliance Verification by Other U.S. Safety Agencies, PHMSA, NHTSA, FAA, BSEE, Comparative Summary, 7 BUILDING AND SUSTAINING A SAFETY PARTNERSHIP Organizational Structures, Guidance, and Procedures, Data and Analytic Systems, Inspector Resources, Training, and Coordination, Cooperation, Communications, Transparency, and Continuous Learning, APPENDIX: STUDY COMMITTEE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

PREPUBLICATION COPY—Uncorrected Proofs xi Acronyms and Abbreviations ABS American Bureau of Shipping ACP Alternative Compliance Program BSEE Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (U.S. Department of the Interior) CFR Code of Federal Regulations COI Certificate of Inspection (issued by the Coast Guard to a regulated vessel) CVC-4 Coast Guard Flag State Control Division DNV Det Norske Veritas EMSA European Maritime Safety Agency FAA Federal Aviation Administration FMVSS Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard GAO U.S. Government Accountability Office IMO International Maritime Organization ISM International Safety Management KPI key indicator of performance LR Lloyd’s Register MISLE Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement database (Coast Guard) MSC Marine Safety Center (Coast Guard) MSP Maritime Security Program (Coast Guard) NTSB National Transportation Safety Board NVIC Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (issued by the Coast Guard) OCMI Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection OEM original equipment manufacturer OSV offshore supply vessel PHMSA Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration PSC port-state control QMS quality management system RO recognized organization

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Partly in response to a 2015 cargo ship sinking, the U.S. Coast Guard has put in place and proceeded to implement a well-conceived organizational and procedural framework for supporting and overseeing “recognized organizations,” particularly those in the Coast Guard’s Alternative Compliance Program.

TRB Special Report 343: Strengthening U.S. Coast Guard Oversight and Support of Recognized Organizations: The Case of the Alternative Compliance Program recommends a series of steps the Coast Guard should take to strengthen its support for and monitoring of third-party organizations that conduct vessel inspections on its behalf. The study committee concluded that Coast Guard has made significant strides in introducing a comprehensive oversight framework, but that its long-term effectiveness will depend on more pronounced and sustained progress in improving data systems and communications and coordination among Coast Guard and third-party inspection personnel.

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