Proceedings Of The Marine

SUM 2016

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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27 Summer 2016 Proceedings "The Towing Vessel Safety Seminar provides valuable train- ing for the local maritime community," said CAPT Christo- pher Keane, commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. "It also provides a venue to discuss the latest policies and trends impacting local industry." Topics for the 2015 seminar included casualty training, a safety management review, electronic charting, a mariner credential program update, and demonstrations of lifesav- ing equipment. The seminar also focused on the upcoming regulations applicable to the towing vessel fleet, commonly referred to as "Subchapter M," since some vessels in this fleet will be regulated under 46 CFR Subchapter M. The event also included a Coast Guard helicopter crew search and rescue demonstration. Seminar participants were able to experience the vessel-to-helicopter transfer like never before as communications were broadcast to those on shore. The seminar also included practical evolutions and the annual Tug Boatman's Challenge, where local mariners competed in practical skills and industry exercises. hazardous situations. Their employers and our port indus- try are beneficiaries. More importantly, this training helps ensure the health and well-being of these crewmembers." No Weak Links Over the next several years, the Coast Guard must confront complex challenges on America's waterways. We must simultaneously continue to cultivate interagency partner- ships to answer those challenges. Mr. Brian Vahey, Ameri- can Waterways Operators Senior Manager Atlantic Region, summarized, "Our waterways are only as safe as our weak- est link." Men and women from all branches of public safety and the maritime industry come together at every opportunity and work to make the Port of Virginia and mid-Atlantic region a safer place, ensuring that the engine that is America's water- ways works effectively and efficiently. About the authors: LT Karen Lee has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 10 years in capacities in the prevention and response fields, most notably as a marine inspector at Sector Hampton Roads. She has received two achievement medals, a Com- mandant's letter of commendation, a meritorious unit commendation, and a meritorious team commendation. LT Ashley Dufresne has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for seven years as a deck watch officer on the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley, a command duty officer at U.S. Coast Guard District One Command Center, and as a contin- gency planner at Sector Hampton Roads. She has received an achievement medal and five meritorious unit commendations. Mr. Trey Clifton is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and has worked for the Fifth Coast Guard District's external affairs office since July of 2014. Additionally, he serves on the Public Affairs Directorate of the Coast Guard Auxiliary national staff. He joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2010, and is currently the flotilla commander for Flotilla 054-05-03 in Chesapeake, Virginia. "Service to our nation requires that we safeguard America's security and pros- perity by maintaining and building the capabilities, capacities, and cooperative relationships that we use to accomplish our missions." — Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant U.S. Coast Guard "For 16 years the VMA and the Coast Guard have been partners in delivering vital safety and survival training to the tug and barge crews moving goods and assisting ships in Virginia's ports," said Mr. Art Moye, Virginia Maritime Association executive vice president. "Each year, participat- ing mariners leave the Towing Vessel Safety Seminar bet- ter equipped to safely perform their work and respond to For more information: All stats courtesy of the Virginia Maritime Association. For more information, visit the website:

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