NSPE is deeply concerned about the recent duck boat accident in Branson, Missouri. NSPE’s condolences go out to the victims’ families and all touched by this tragic incident. Records show that the boat was designed by an entrepreneur with no prior engineering training, according to news reports.
In representing professional engineers, NSPE has long advocated in support of the professional engineer’s important role in protecting the public health, safety, and welfare in the maritime industry. NSPE believes that licensed professional engineers with expertise in naval architecture and marine engineering would have a positive impact on the safety of marine vessels and within the marine industry. In a letter to the US Senate delegation from Missouri, NSPE emphasizes its hope that state and federal agencies will seriously consider the importance of the professional engineering license for the design of boats and implement the necessary legal and regulatory changes to prevent future accidents.