Proceedings Of The Marine

FAL 2012

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Editorial Team Champion's Point of View by CAPT DAVID S. FISH &KLHI RI WKH 8 6 &RDVW *XDUG 2IÀ FH RI ,QYHVWLJDWLRQV DQG &DVXDOW\ $QDO\VLV Looking back at the U.S. Coast Guard's long history, assuring safety in the marine envi- ronment has been, in my opinion, our most traditional mission, and the personnel of the Coast Guard are very proud of this legacy. Much of our effort is directed at prevention. The strategic goal of the Maritime Prevention program is to minimize, if not eliminate, the risk of marine casualties and security incidents as well as the deaths, injuries, prop- erty losses, environmental damage, disruptions to commerce, economic loss, and other adverse consequences that may arise. To this end, the Coast Guard conducts nearly 14,000 marine incident investigations per year involving vessels, oil and hazardous materials spills, and maritime personnel actions. Results of these investigations form our standards development and compliance activities. Additionally, investigation activities may also result in suspension and revoca- tion proceedings as well as civil or criminal prosecution. The Coast Guard's analysis, conclusions, and recommendations are made available to the public and government entities and are used to develop new standards to prevent accidents. In this edition of 3URFHHGLQJV we will take a close look at the Coast Guard's prevention efforts by focusing on marine casualty investigations and the challenges our LQYHVWLJDWLQJ RIÀ FHUV IDFH ZKLOH ZRUNLQJ RQ FDVXDOWLHV VXFK DV VDOYDJH RU XQGHUZDWHU surveys of sunken vessels. We will also explore the plethora of tools and resources avail- able to our marine investigators, including an introduction to our centers of expertise. People are the heart of the Maritime Prevention program. The Coast Guard's ability to maintain awareness of the rapidly growing and evolving maritime environment is fundamentally linked to the competency, capacity, and readiness of our personnel. We foster a culture that promotes the development and retention of an experienced cadre of technically savvy professionals who provide excellence in mission execution, and the personnel assigned to our centers of expertise are the best of the best. , KRSH \RX À QG WKLV HGLWLRQ RI 3URFHHGLQJV useful and informative. It is our intention to publicize the lessons learned from each of these incidents to educate the maritime com- munity. In so doing, we hope to prevent similar incidents. Barbara Chiarizia Executive Editor Leslie C. Goodwin Art Director Sarah K. Webster Managing Editor Proceedings is published quarterly by the Coast Guard's Prevention Di- rectorate, in the interest of safety at sea under the auspices of the Marine Safety & Security Council. Special permission for republication, either in whole or in part, except for copy- righted material, is not required, pro- vided credit is given to Proceedings. The articles contained in Proceed- ings are submitted by diverse public and private interests in the maritime community as a means to promote maritime safety and security. The views expressed by the authors do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Coast Guard or the Department of Homeland Security or represent RI¿ FLDO SROLF\ Editorial Contact HQS-DG-NMCProceedings@ uscg.mil Editor, Proceedings Magazine U.S. Coast Guard 2100 2nd Street SW Stop 7681 Washington, D.C. 20593-7681 www.uscg.mil/proceedings 202-372-2316 Subscription Requests/Changes Proceedings is free. Please include mailing label informa- tion when changing address. Subscriptions Proceedings Magazine U.S. Coast Guard Attn: Proceedings Magazine 2100 2nd Street SW Stop 7681 Washington, D.C. 20593-7681 www.uscg.mil/proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings Fall 2012 Proceedings 5

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