Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Authorization Issues, Hearing Before The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, October 29, 2013 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is the October 29, 2013 hearing on "Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Authorization Issues," held before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives. From the statement of Andy Barr: "Federal regulations changed in 2006 to establish a new requirement, that the Valley View Ferry must comply with all U.S. Coast Guard inspection and licensing regulations. These licensing regulations are threatening the closure of this historic ferry, because the Valley View Ferry is now required to employ operators who hold merchant mariner licenses, which is the highest level of operator licensing issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. This new licensing requirement is unnecessary and does not properly represent the unique operation of the Valley View Ferry. This toll free ferry does not have steering capabilities. Instead, it is attached to two overhead cables that guide the boat onto landings each side of the river, the Kentucky River, which is only approximately 500 feet apart. […] As a result of the Federal Government changing how the ferry is regulated and because of the overbroad nature of this particular regulation, the Valley View Ferry Authority which manages this historic ferry, has been forced to reduce operating hours and search all over the country to find a properly certified operator willing to work for less than half of the normal wages demanded by operators who similarly possess a merchant mariner's license." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Andy Barr, Frederick J. Kenney, Mario Cordero, Michael H. Shapiron, Mark R. Rosekind, and John Garamendi.
Serial No. 113-39
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