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    Former cruise ship Chief Engineer

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  1. Of course I am, and I have posted many, many times about Carnival Corps failure at corporate culture change to embrace environmental compliance. I have worked with two companies that were caught in environmental violations (NCL was one) or that self-reported violations, and were placed on probation as Carnival Corp has been. In both of those cases, it was the international flag fleet that caused the problems, but in both of those cases, the corporation did a 180 degree about face to embrace fully environmental compliance, and the other company had their compliance policy adopted by the DOJ a
  2. Because I know of the training and safety standards on both US flag and foreign flag ships, the environmental track record of US and foreign flag ships, and this is both for cruise and commercial shipping, from personal experience. I know the difference in safety regulations that US flag ships must abide by, and those that foreign flag ships abide by. I know the track record of ferries around the world, where thousands have lost their lives due to criminal negligence. As for my CV, I have worked my entire career, 46 years, as a shipboard marine engineer. I have sailed as Chief E
  3. No, the direct spending that I quoted, from a CLIA report is direct spending by the cruise line for goods and services ($18.1 billion) and wages for US employees and taxes ($1.9 billion). That is what comes from the ticket price. Yes, there is indirect spending, but there is the same thing when the money comes from other sources. Let's say the average cruise fare is $700/person. So, only $1 of that is spent directly in the US, prompting indirect spending by the suppliers and employees. Now, instead of $699 per person leaving the US and our economy getting $1 back, we support the ailing co
  4. Like I've said, so it's about the cruiser not the unemployed "support industry". Sorry, apologies, should not have been snippy, but when everyone claims that this is all for the benefit of the struggling economy, I get a little "brain-twisted".
  5. Just google cruise passenger volume at (whatever port). Those figures are all 2019, and they represent passenger embarkations, not port calls. San Diego ranks below San Francisco, but not by much, about 250,000 if I remember. So, since you feel that the "Passenger Vessel Services Act of 18 flipping 86", as I believe you styled it needs revision, please let us know how and what parts need revision. Or, is it just, it affects my vacation, it needs to change?
  6. No, what you are really saying is "my vacation does not need more debate and obstruction". Those affected in the US by the shutdown of the cruise industry are already receiving stimulus money, and every dollar of that remains in the US. What percentage of the money you pay for a cruise do you feel really is put back into the US economy? Bit of quick research shows that in 2019, cruise industry direct spending in the US was $20.1 billion. At the same time, they carried 28.5 billion passengers from North America. So, less than $1 of your cruise fare is returned to the US economy.
  7. Really? Port of Miami: 4.33 million Port Everglades: 3.89 million Port of Galveston: 1.9 million Port of New Orleans: 1.2 million Port of Seattle: 1.1 million Port of LA/LB: 650,000 Port of NY/NJ: 593,000 Port of San Francisco: 300,000
  8. Actually, they can't, without rescinding various international maritime treaties like SOLAS. So, you've done a meager amount of research into the PVSA, do you know why it was enacted? It was enacted to protect passenger lives aboard steamboats in the US. Do you know that the very same conditions exist today, where the USCG can enforce stricter regulations on US flag vessels than they can on foreign flag vessels, even ones that "homeport" in the US? While I have no real issue with revising the "US built" clause of the PVSA, I have a whole lot of heartache with allowing foreign crew and fore
  9. ASHRAE studies have shown the same thing, which is why there is no outcry for revamping or upgrading any land based central HVAC system, which would include virtually every high rise and commercial/industrial building in the world.
  10. Not even the 4 Congressmen who supported Young in his letter to Canada regarding technical stops. It looks like he has support for Canada changing their rules, but nothing for the US doing so.
  11. Yet, given the President's already (within the first month of office) stated support for the Jones Act, I don't foresee much support to get around the PVSA, and even those 4 other Congressmen, while supporting Congressman Young in writing to Canada, did not bother to co-sponsor his bill to waive the PVSA.
  12. Yes, air exchange is a major factor. This gets the contaminated air out of the space quicker, the more air exchanges there are. What many folks were/are concerned about is the recirculation of the air, but as this study shows, the virus is not detectable at a viable level (sufficient quantity and in "living" condition) after having traveled through the return ducting, air handler and supply ducting of several hundred feet in many cases.
  13. Do you think that there have been no ships bringing goods to the US for the last year? It is not my "interpretation", it is my actual dealings with the USCG as a merchant mariner.
  14. And rewriting that law requires a lot more support than 5 Congressmen.
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