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6 Proceedings Summer 2014 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Subject Matter Experts The CSNCOE comprises seven staff members who have a collective total of more than 100 years of maritime experi- ence. Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise personnel serve as subject matter experts at cruise line conferences and industry panels and have testifed as expert witnesses for the Department of Justice. The center's staff maintains expertise by attending confer- ences, expositions, and meetings; keeping in close contact with manufacturers, fag states, and class societies; and by attending training to enhance each respective member's areas of expertise. Information is brought back to the unit where it is relayed to all staff members, so they are able to stay abreast of industry technology and trends. Continual Improvement The CSNCOE has established three primary goals: • increase examiner profciency, • improve consistency in foreign passenger vessel exami- nations, • increase awareness of our services within the Coast Guard and cruise industry. The field assessment program helps sustain continual improvement. Center personnel collaborate with units around the country, participate in examinations, and spend one-on-one time with leadership and those involved in the unit's Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination Program. This allows us to determine how each unit is conducting its exam- inations and verify examiner performance and profciency. Each examiner is also evaluated using the newly created inspector profciency assessment tool, which ensures feed- back is given in a consistent manner. To achieve examination consistency, CSNCOE personnel developed a detailed work instruction that lays out all the necessary steps and associated actions necessary to con- duct an examination. This work instruction has since been The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise, or CSNCOE, is the nexus of the U.S. Coast Guard's Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination (FPVE) Program, which dates back to 1993 when Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 1-93 established examination procedures for cruise ships. By the late 1990s, Marine Safety Offce (MSO) Miami staffers recognized the need for cruise ship-specifc training and began administering the Passenger Vessel Control Verifca- tion (PVCV) Course. 1 Inception With the successful and popular PVCV course, MSO Miami became the "center of excellence" for the Coast Guard's cruise ship safety program, providing seasoned subject mat- ter expertise to feld units worldwide. As the cruise industry grew, so did the need to keep examiner profciency on par with the pace of emerging technologies. In 2008, the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Enhancement Plan memorialized the concept of "centers of expertise," to be focused on particular facets of the marine industry. The CSNCOE, frst established in September 2008 as a sub-unit of Sector Miami, had a full complement of staff in place by summer 2009. In September 2009, it became a detached Coast Guard headquarters unit that reported to the Offce of Traveling Inspectors. One Stop Shop The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise. by Mr. Jason Yets Marine Inspector and Instructor Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Government Cruise Ship NCOE staff, from left: CDR Bradley Clare, detachment chief; LT Mike Metz, port state control offcer; Mr. Scott Elphison, senior marine inspector; Mr. Brad Schoenwald, senior marine inspector; Mr. Jason Yets, marine inspector; and LCDR Eric Allen, national technical advisor. Not pictured: Mr. James Garzon. Summer2014_22.indd 6 5/13/14 9:45 AM