Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 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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87 Spring 2015 Proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings Gathering Facts, Investigating Incidents, Preventing Casualties Lessons learned from an oil spill response perspective. by Mr. roBert vAnzAndt Chief, Exercise Evaluation and Analysis Division U.S. Coast Guard by Mr. Scott lundgren Deputy Chief and Technical Advisor Off ce of Marine Environmental Response Policy U.S. Coast Guard In this section of Proceedings, we usually report on the lessons learned from a specific marine casualty. This issue's section looks more gener- ally at the process of how lessons are integrated from the response to the consequences from marine casualty events and other maritime inci- dents, with a particular focus on marine environ- mental response, as the primary mission area for the National Strike Force. While the marine casualty investigation looks to identify root causes and recommend systemic adjustments to prevent future casualties, the dynamic and unforgiving nature of our oceans, rivers, and lakes means that maintaining a honed response capability for a wide variety of maritime contingencies is important, even while recogniz- ing: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Casualty investigations, mishap analysis boards, responding unit after-action reports, and individ- ual observations by persons involved or affected by the casualty can all contribute to a body of knowledge referred to as "lessons learned." This is reinforced by the belief that individuals and organizations naturally want to improve their performance and not repeat the events that led to a particular casualty or repeat mistakes that affected the casualty response. Vessels conduct controlled burns as part of a coordinated effort to mini- mize the amount of oil in the water near the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site. Coast Guard photo by LCDR Paul Rooney. Lessons Learned

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