Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2015

Proceedings magazine is a communication tool for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety & Security Council. Each quarterly magazine focuses on a specific theme of interest to the marine industry.

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79 Fall 2015 Proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings ■ Enhance response preparedness tools like the Response Resource Inventory and preparedness assessment visits to further align response plans with industry capabili- ties and provide on-scene coordinators with a common operating picture for response equipment readiness. In Summary As marine transportation system demands grow to meet the needs for energy production and transport and to sus- tain growth in the trade of all goods, demands on the U.S. Coast Guard will grow as well. The Coast Guard action plan establishes a comprehensive response to assess and meet the evolving demands of the energy sector within the off- shore, coastal, Great Lakes, and inland zones and focuses our efforts on prevention, preparedness, and response. These three priority areas will capitalize on the U.S. Coast Guard's authorities, capabilities, competencies, and partner- ships while leveraging our stakeholders' knowledge and capabilities to ensure America has safe, secure, and resil- ient waterways to meet the needs of the 21 st century global economy. About the author: LCDR Mike Struthers has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 15 years in a range of capacities, including deck watch offcer and helicopter pilot. LCDR Struthers has earned the Coast Guard Medal, two Achievement Med- als, and three Meritorious Unit Commendations. In light of the above, Coast Guard personnel will: ■ Continue to evaluate incident management, pollution response, and maritime security and response capaci- ties in areas of new oil and gas production and trans- portation to ensure resources are poised to respond to areas of increased risk. ■ Develop new oil spill removal organization classifca- tion guidelines for Group V oils to ensure private sector response equipment capability and strengthen govern- ment and industry response plans. ■ Coordinate with partner agencies, the private sector, and academia to develop a more comprehensive under- standing of the fates and effects of new oils [such as Bakken crude and Canadian tar sands (bitumen)] as well as related response technologies to enhance exist- ing environmental response training programs. ■ Coordinate with international partners to ensure readiness for transboundary responses resulting from increased international or domestic energy production. ■ Coordinate with elements of the marine industry (such as LHG and LNG vessel and facility owners and operators) to ensure private sector response equipment capability and strengthen government and industry response and security plans.

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