Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention and Mr. Ian Lennard, president of the National Cargo Bureau (pictured above) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement for inspection and plan review performed on commercial cargo vessels by NCB on behalf of the Coast Guard. Among the functions performed by NCB are: inspection of cargo loading, cargo securing and stowage, approval of grain loading manuals, issuance of grain loading certificates and certification of inter-modal cargo containers.
NCB has performed work on behalf of the Coast Guard since its establishment in 1952 based on authority contained in the code of federal regulations. The establishment of a formal MOA with NCB was prompted by the recently enacted International Maritime Organization Code for Recognized Organizations. This new agreement outlines specific operating standards for organizations such as NCB including record keeping, quality management systems, training and qualification of personnel, liability, and governmental oversight of activities. Both the Coast Guard and NCB welcome this opportunity to affirm mutual commitment to safety and quality in the maritime workplace. A copy of the MOA is available online.