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OTC Needs Your Help

We need immediate federal emergency economic assistance for all vessel operators. To keep the pressure on, we need your help immediately!  We ask each of you to send a letter to your Senators and Members of the House of Representatives immediately. Their emails and a template is below:

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Dear Senator _____

Or Dear Representative _____

Please enact emergency economic relief immediately.  The continued existence of ____[name of your company] _____ depends on it.

[Name of your company] operates __[number]___ passenger vessels ___[where] ____.  We are a part of the American travel, tourism, and transportation industry. The U.S. passenger vessel industry carries approximately 200 million passengers each year. 

We should be operating now, but because of the coronavirus outbreak we are completely shut down and it looks like we will be for weeks or months to come.

  • Without cash flow, the jobs of our [___number___] employees are in permanent jeopardy.    These workers are fellow Americans.
  • Without cash flow, we will be unable to meet upcoming debt obligations.
  • Without cash flow, we cannot make the usual purchases from our suppliers and vendors, many of which are Associate Members of PVA.  Like us, they too are suffering tremendous economic harm.

Some voices have questioned whether emergency economic aid should go to foreign-flagged cruise companies.   But we, like all members of the Passenger Vessel Association, are American companies, we hire U.S. crews and workers, sail vessels registered under the U.S. flag, and fully pay U.S. and state income taxes.  Please don’t inadvertently leave us out of an economic relief package.

[name of company] faces an existential threat as a result of Coronavirus.  We need your assistance immediately if we are to survive.


(Your name here)


OTC fought for and got the first day use mooring permits despite environmental opposition saying we would damage the environment. We want to be known as the people who leave only bubbles.

OTC was a prime mover of legislation to create the Small Business Regulatory Review Board allowing for a Small Business Bill of Rights to be enacted and an appeals mechanism to protest burdensome and nonsensical regulations.

OTC modified proposals that would have eliminated the penalty waiver provision of the Small Business Regulatory Review Board for environmental violations.

OTC has been a prime proponent of the concept that berthing rights are essential to the continuation of the business and unless a permittee is in violation of laws, the renewal of the slip should be protected.

OTC fought for an increase in slip fees to head off efforts by some who think we should pay even more, like 10 – 15% of our gross revenue. This helped to lock in fees and generated income to DOBOR which in turn allowed them to receive $10 – $15 million a year of “free” federal money for harbors.

OTC got the first piece of legislation passed in 2008 that allows for interharbor use without the payment of additional fees.

OTC sponsored the resolution to encourage a haul-out facility for Maui and the Big Island.

OTC rewrote proposed salvage laws so the owner has first crack at getting his vessel off the reef his way instead of letting DLNR do it any old way.

OTC intervened in legislation to set fines of up to $10,000 per square meter of damaged stony coral in 2008. More to come in 2009.

OTC killed proposals to ban any commercial activity in Marine Life Conservation Districts on Maui, Kauai, Hawaii and Oahu.

Because OTC exists we often get a seat at the table and sometimes can request a veto of bad rules or laws before they get too far down the road.