Columnist details what makes a good marine inspector


A superior Coast Guard marine inspector must be extremely knowledgeable, professional, thorough in his duties and consistent on all levels.

That’s the opinion of Kevin Gilheany, a marine consultant and owner of Maritime Compliance International in New Orleans, who has written an opinion column for WorkBoat magazine.

“The majority say that good inspectors apply ‘common sense’ in enforcing regulations or that they do not necessarily follow the book. I disagree,” Gilheany writes. “The truth is, enforcing prescriptive regulations has very little to do with applying common sense. While some regulations seem to be drafted without ‘common sense,’ the authority to waive them is above an inspector’s pay grade.”

Click here for Gilheany’s thoughtful column, which touches on private marine inspectors and surveyors.