New PQS on the way for marine inspectors

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Rick Nieves and Chief Warrant Officer Dave Getchell, vessel inspectors from Sector Anchorage, Alaska, inspect welds made to the ferry Tustumena in Seward, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Rick Nieves and Chief Warrant Officer Dave Getchell, vessel inspectors from Sector Anchorage, Alaska, inspect welds made to the ferry Tustumena in Seward, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

New tools are on the way to ensure the tasks and steps a Coast Guard marine inspector or port state control officer will complete during an inspection are properly supported by performance qualification standards , training aids and vessel-specific job aids. The offshore supply vessel PQS is the first to get an updated PQS workbook and members pursuing their certification under the new standard will be encouraged to provide feedback to inform future reviews and updates.

Jim Condra, a marine safety inspector at Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sturgeon Bay, Wis., inspects the notch of the barge St. Mary's Conquest at Bay Ship Company in Sturgeon Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jeff Dahl.

Jim Condra, a marine safety inspector at Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sturgeon Bay, Wis., inspects the notch of the barge St. Mary’s Conquest at Bay Ship Company in Sturgeon Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jeff Dahl.

It is worth noting those already certified as OSV inspectors will not be required to complete the new PQS workbook prior to scheduled recertification and members currently pursuing their certification under legacy PQS will have six months to do so before the new standard becomes manadatory. All marine inspectors will, however, be responsible for understanding and applying the updated content during OSV inspections, so checking out the new PQS workbook is encouraged.

You can access all current PQS – including the new OSV PQS workbook – on the Coast Guard Learning Management System within CG Portal (internal link). Click the “Applications” tab and choose LMS. Once inside LMS, use course code 502256 to search for the OSV PQS workbook.

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