b'LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENTAT THE HELM 2022 PVAConvention at MariTrendsCOLLEEN STEPHENS // PRESIDENTA dapt, adjust, pivot, evolveno matter how you define it, ourWorked with the U.S. Coast Guard to modify the Risk industry over the past two years has mastered the ability toInspection Policy to eliminate the terminology of high risk and change plans mid-stream. Unfortunately, the need to changereplace it with three-tiered inspection levels.course has also impacted the planning associated with the 2022 PVA Convention at MariTrends.During the spring, pleas were made by members relative to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Sincewebeganplanningtheassociationsannualgatheringat Coast Guard directives for mandatory masking on vessels. PVA MariTrends, the PVA Board of Directors has been dedicated to host- approached the Coast Guard and CDC and was successful in ing a safe and successful in-person event for our members. This is theobtaining relief to allow for optional masking on outer decks.reason we have chosen to change the dates and location of our 2022 Convention to March 47, in Covington, Ky. What did not change Comments were submitted to the regulatory docket on theis PVAs commitment to hosting a safe meeting; all features in PVAsCoast Guards safety management rulemaking and we are COVID-19 policy will remain in effect for the Covington meeting.currently drafting comments on fire safety regulations and This policy can be found here. OSHAs heat injury and illness prevention. COVID-19 is impacting each of our businesses and community re- Safety-training programs and PVAs flagship Safety Management sources differently. I want to thank the Bombard family for contactingSystem are under constant revisions and modifications. The most PVA and sharing with leadership the boots on the ground view of therecent addition being a de-escalation training program.situation in Long Beach and in California. We look forward to return-ing to Long Beach when the timing is correct. When I participate in committee and board meetings, I am amazed at how well our staff and contractors know our business and operational YEAR (OR TWO) IN REVIEW needs. We truly cannot be represented by a more informed, responsive, The March 2020 issue of FOGHORN contained my first letter as theprofessional, and caring team.associations president.PVA had just completed MariTrends 2020 in Tampa and our industry was looking forward to what was forecastedI would like to thank all members who participate on PVA Committees to be a strong year ahead. At the same time, the unpredicted began toand the PVA Board of Directors for volunteering their time to the in-unravel, and everything we knew as normal permanently changeddustry. Specifically, I would like to thank my fellow officers, Vice Pres-with the first documented case of COVID-19 in the U.S. ident Bob Bijur and Secretary/Treasurer Jim Swindler, for their guid-ance and support. The last two years demanded Thepandemicscoursehashadavaryingadditional meetings, check-ins, and negotiations. impact on each of our families, businesses,What is consistentIt was wonderful to know you were at the end of andcommunities.Whatisconsistentandthe phone or zoom whenever needed.clear to me is that we are indeed a resilientand clear to me is industrythatteamedtogether,hunkeredFinally, I am humbled to have held the trust of in, and took care of one another. The PVAthat we are indeedeach of you during my term as president, and I members,staff,andcontractorsaretrulya resilient industry am honored to have had the chance to represent family who each have a special knowledge tothe passenger vessel industry over the past two share. During the past two years, I witnessedyears in many venues including testifying to a thesharingofemotions,personalsuccessesandfailures,financialcongressional subcommittee, participating in meetings with the Cost information, guidance for insurance renewals, COVID-19 safety op- Guard, CDC, and by participating on behalf of the passenger vessel erationalprotocols,marketingoutreach,andemployeerecruitmentindustry in broader maritime industry meetings and webinars. Thank processes. We proved that we were stronger together time and time again.you for the opportunity.PVA staff and contractors have worked tirelessly in 2021 to ensure ourI look forward the 2022 Convention at Maritrends next month and to operational and financial success. Accomplishments include: seeing you all in northern Kentucky!The Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Service(CERTS) Program was secured through joint efforts with our motorcoach/bus industry partners. This funding provided over $358 million to our members. For many of our vessel operators, thisColleen Stephens, relief was the key to us keeping vessels running and staff employed.PresidentFOGHORN 4'