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Jim Reising 05-08-2017 05:34 PM

DQ Exemption Bill Questions
Having read and reread the exemption bill, there are many, to me, almost insurmountable and extremely expensive hurdles to overcome before the first COI will be issued. Let's take just one of them...."all fuel and oil tanks have to be brought up to current Coast Guard standards". Does anyone on this board know what those standards are? I know when the new hull was put on back in the early '90s new fuel tanks were included in the new hull. Were those tanks double skinned? Are they required to be today. What about vapor recovery. All cars today have to have a closed vapor system. Does the same apply to a CG inspected vessel? I don't know. The fuel and oil tanks may already meet current standards but if they do then why were they specifically mentioned in the bill?
The bill also requires the boat to be reconfigured to make "multiple egress points off the bow and stern". Does the reconfiguration jeopardize the boats historic landmark status?
Just a couple of my questions

R. Dale Flick 05-09-2017 12:29 PM

*Even more Bill exemption questions*
Greetings, Steamboating colleagues:
Jim, you certainly are a brave soul in taking the bit in your mouth with some pressing questions RE: the current DQ Exemption Bill. Yet, with your first-hand experience working on the boat years ago you're insights just as valid as any. I know we all have positive hopes and support for the exemption issue along with those deeply committed personally and financially to the new 'DELTA QUEEN Steamboat Co.' And I know I don't know all the answers but do know what I hear and read. In this bill there are other issues raised in bold print along with others not mentioned. My understanding also the present main steamline location now not permitted 'over, under, around, through any passenger or crew area.' What about that? Those closely involved have also mentioned to me--and others--on the cuff the intense work required replacing the current aged 1922 boilers, related piping etc. There's a lot more work involved than just "cosmetic." It will be interesting to see the entire list from A to Z drawn up spelling out major repairs, upgrades, new requirements with cost estimates.

With all said and done, what would the new DQ company set on per person cruise rates, taxes etc. being competitive with current river cruise lines in existence and proposed? Any thinking cruise rates at this date won't be expensive a no brainer. In essence, we support this to the max. This current congressional by-play worth watching closely. And again, as grossly stated several years ago, the U.S. Coast Guard being a branch of our U.S, military isn't "...going to alter or change their findings or recommendations if the U.S. Congress so orders." This isn't the end of the process. This isn't the beginning of the end. This is only the beginning of the beginning. Well, what do I know? Please, no 'private messages' from here again knocking me off as to what I don't see or read outside the orthodoxy. All we do is cross our fingers and hope for the best. Two local reps, when I called to talk, informed me, "We haven't had any communiction on this effort in well over a year." What IS or ISN'T going on here?

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

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