OMSA to testify at Congressional Hearing on crewing shortages

News - November 2, 2007

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A congressional committee will hear from maritime associations, including the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), as well as labour groups and educators at a hearing on maritime crewing and training issues later this month.

The hearing was called by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Coast Guard Subcommittee for November 17th at the Capitol.

Carl Annessa, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Operations of Hornbeck Offshore, will testify on behalf of OMSA.

While the OMSA testimony is still in draft form, it is expected to stress the importance of maintaining the 'hawse pipe' approach to training mariners.

OMSA is expected to urge Congress to remove obstacles that make it difficult for mariners to climb a career path that takes them from the deck level to become a licensed vessel officer.

OMSA will also outline some of the workforce trends that present challenges to the industry.


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