Forget about SOLAS Ken, it's the Ecuador regulations that govern...
Ben Harris - Commercial passenger boat captain
January 20, 2002 at 23:47:15
I question whether Ken Elkins was a Coast Guard Vessel inspector and boat captain. As a commercial passenger boat captain, I can tell you that anyone with professional experience certifying and operating vessels would know that SOLAS is mostly irrelevant to the certification requirements that enable the Galapagos Aggressor (and Wave Dancer) to carry passengers. Each vessel is bound by the rules and regulations of the country where it is registered. Look no further than the infamous 'Jones Act' in America to understand how different these can be. If you want to know if the Galapagos Aggressor violated its safety certification requirements, you don't check SOLAS, you check with the Ecuador Maritime Safety Authority. I would hope someone is doing exactly that. In the meantime, I have cancelled plans to dive the Galapagos Aggressor in November and will, as Cyber Diver suggests, adopt new criteria for making decisions about which boat I book.