We just completed our Annual Meeting which was held in Gulfport, MS. The
one and a half day meeting was very successful as 7 Board Members were
elected or reelected. Also the NACO Officers were reelected for another year
and those of us who serve in that capacity are very appreciative of the confidence
placed in us by the Board. A complete list of the Board Members and Officers can
be found on our web site, www.nacocharters.org/about/board.html
Susan Mason-Yadav, Administrative Director, was given a new title of Executive Director.
Susan and her staff have done an excellent job since joining NACO and we appreciate all her
In other business we had Presentations from USCG Sector Mobile on the random
drug testing requirements and the new issue that is affecting some of the
country which is how to handle medical marijuana and in some states the
issue of marijuana legalized for personal use. The USCG is working on
developing a policy but until that policy is complete we were advised that
the USCG considers any vessel operated by a USCG licensed Captain to be in
compliance with Federal Law which means a ZERO Tolerance Drug Policy. More
information on this will be provided in the future. Until a National Policy
is developed we recommend that you use your best judgment on this issue with
consideration of your USCG License and vessel being your priority. Please
know that the best thing you can do when it comes to the USCG is to develop
a relationship with your local USCG personnel. Personal contact will help
if any issues develop.
We had a presentation by our Random Drug Testing provider, Gulf South
Resources, on the USCG requirements to comply with the random drug testing
program. Some of these requirements include obtaining a certificate of
completion for supervisor of reasonable suspension training which is
required by the USCG if you have more than yourself in a random drug testing
program. He also provided info on how to ensure compliance when using a
crew member who is in a different consortium. We will provide more
information on this soon.
We also heard from Dan Longman with Charter Lakes Marine Insurance. They
meet all your marine insurance needs and also provide extra benefits such as
a disappearing deductable and towing coverage up to $2500.00. For vessels
located along the coast where named storms can be a problem they provide
funds for a haul out to protect your vessel. The office can provide contact
info to you for any inquiries about marine coverage.
Stay tuned for more and always check our web site for more updates and
contact the office is you have any questions. The Board works hard to keep
you informed and to ease the regulatory burdens placed on our industry.
Thanks for all your continued support.