Our united position for this request is that we feel there is no need to change the safety equipment we currently use as our industry has proven to be one of the safest passenger carrying industries in the country. The safety equipment plus the required monthly safety drills we undertake provide a more than adequate safe environment for the passengers and crew we carry. The Coast Guard “Survival Craft Safety” report verifies that our industry is safe and that the use of out of the water survival craft will not provide any more safety than we currently provide.
NACO's Capt. Bob Zales, Capt. Tom Becker, and Susan Mason-Yadav in collaboration with our friends from California, Capt. Roger Thomas of Golden Gate Fisherman's Association and Sportfishing Association of California's Ken Franke and Alayna Siddall put some boots to the ground to visit with Senator Wicker in his Gulfport office this week, It's good to know that we have people like Senator Wicker in office taking his time to understand how certain regulations impact the Charter Industry.