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10 Proceedings Winter 2015–2016 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Enforcement, INV-NCOE investigators played an integral part in the investigation. They were also crucial to the mon- umental response that included more than 47,000 workers and 6,000-plus vessels that cleaned up the estimated 4.9 mil- lion barrels of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico. 4 INV-NCOE and other investigators from various Coast Guard feld units worked around the clock to identify causal factors that may have contributed to the well blowout and subsequent explosion and fre. Further, the joint investiga- tion team, composed of Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation & Enforcement (BOEMRE) members, held seven public hearings that included testi- mony from more than 80 eyewitnesses. They analyzed hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence. The USCG/ BOEMRE partnership leveraged each agency's respective authorities and expertise and established a standardized response framework to manage future incidents. Looking Forward The Coast Guard's fundamental responsibility is to safe- guard the lives and safety of its citizens. By building long- lasting partnerships with other federal agencies; state, local, and tribal governments; marine industries; and individual mariners, USCG Investigations National Center of Expertise personnel have worked diligently over the past six years to improve marine safety through accident investigation les- sons learned. Marine casualty investigations can be very complex, often requiring extensive interagency coordination, information management, and outreach. Strong interagency partner- ships, unity of efforts, and fexibility are all essential ele- ments that together lay the foundation for success. The INV-NCOE staff has played a crucial role in building and maintaining these foreign and domestic interagency rela- tionships, establishing a legacy that will live on for years, honoring the Coast Guard's motto: Semper Paratus. About the author: LCDR Yancee McLemore is the Suspension and Revocation program man- ager in the Offce of Marine Casualty Investigations and Analysis. He began his marine safety career as a domestic vessel inspector and marine casualty investigator at Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach. Subsequent tours include chief of the investigations division at Sector Corpus Christi and an investi- gating offcer at the Suspension and Revocation National Center of Exper- tise in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Endnotes: 1. As defned by 46 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 4.03-1 and 4.02-2. 2. U.S. Coast Guard Formal Report of Investigation, May 19, 2010. 3. NTSB Marine Accident Report; NTSB/MAR-13/01, adopted April 9, 2013. 4. See Final Action Memorandum: Incident Specifc Preparedness Review (ISPR) Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, www.uscg.mil/foia/docs/DWH/BPDWH.pdf. marine casualty investigators. This proved crucial, as inves- tigators were able to carry out varied and complex activi- ties simultaneously. For example, INV-NCOE personnel conducted passenger and crewmember interviews using a questionnaire focused on safety, lifesaving apparatus, and other survivability-related issues. As a result of the comprehensive investigation, INV-NCOE staffers were able to document facts based on eyewitness accounts, providing key information for the Italian govern- ment's casualty investigation. During the Worst of Times In the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Investigations National Center of Expertise once again stepped up to the plate. Within hours of the initial explosion, INV-NCOE staff members were assigned to assist with the investigation. They worked alongside a large number of responsible par- ties as well as many other federal, state, and local agen- cies to face the unprecedented challenge. Working closely with interagency partners, including the FBI, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, and what would eventually become the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Recurrent INV-NCOE Agency Partners International United Kingdom's Accident Investigation Branch International Maritime Organization Domestic National Transportation Safety Board Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Ofshore Marine Service Association Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Army Corps of Engineers Federal Bureau of Investigations Department of Justice Chemical Safety Board State/Federal/Private Towing Safety Advisory Committee Passenger Vessel Association State Pilot Associations