Program highlights for the Captains’ Briefing include Security Presentations & Exercises and US Entry and Flag State Audits, all of which accompany a Certificate of Completion. Nightly cocktail parties are planned as well.
The two-day event schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, January 16th 2pm to 5pm
-Welcome to St. Maarten, Prime Minister Address
-U.S. Coast Guard Security Initiatives in the Caribbean Basin
USCG Admiral Baumgarten
-Weapons onboard your vessel: Overview of international laws, regulations, and considerations
-Situational Awareness and security technology: How technology can help you improve your awareness
-How ISPS/SOLAS affect security decisions: International regulations and their implications to your security plans.
-Table Top exercise for large yachts
Welcome cocktail reception
Thursday January 17th: 2pm to 5pm
-Welcome to SXM: John Mann, Chairman USSA (industry updates and USSA program focus in 2013)
-Come See U.S. Update: Cruising the U.S. this summer? Get updates on how the USSA is making it easier for boats to come and cruise the U.S. waters.
-Port State Control and Flag State Audits/Paris MOU: Common deficiencies that can cause your boat compliance issues.
-MLC Update: What’s happening with the implementation?
-“Make the Left” Destination U.S. West Coast and America’s Cup events update
-Wrap-up and thank sponsors, next USSA event
Evening: Cocktail reception
Sponsors include: MegaFend, IGY Marinas, Yacht Chandlers, Crown Bay Marina, National Marine Suppliers, Palm Harbor Marina and Jetlev.