Written by Lt. Jodie Knox
Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio, the assistant commandant for prevention policy, announced the winner of the first annual Excellence in Marine Inspection Award March 10. The award recognizes the incredible and difficult job Coast Guard marine inspectors do every day.
This year’s winner is Ms. Hannah Reeves of Sector San Francisco.
“We have an amazing team of marine inspectors here at Sector San Francisco, and we are proud of the work they do to help keep our Marine Transportation System safe,” said Capt. Greg Stump, sector commander for Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. “Hannah Reeves exemplifies the highest levels of competence, dedication and professionalism within the marine inspections community, and we are extremely proud of her for earning this well deserved recognition.”
Reeves has been assigned to Sector San Francisco for a little less than five years. She is a civilian marine inspector who was trained through the Civilian Apprentice Marine Inspector Program and has progressed to advanced journeyman status. She has conducted extensive work with the passenger vessel industry locally and nationally to leverage partnerships to ensure the safety of passengers and improve emergency preparedness.
“She is an amazing asset to have in the shop. All of the operators in the port of San Francisco know who she is and probably have her on speed dial, as do I, because she is that good!” said Lt. Michael DeVolld, Reeves’ immediate supervisor.
One of the unique aspects to working as a Coast Guard marine inspector is in the need to work with industry. It is a special relationship, with the regulator and the regulatee, as they work together towards the safety and security of the shipping industry. Reeves’ ability to strike this balance and work well with the maritime community has been noticed.
“I have found Hannah to be a very dedicated and reasonable inspector that puts safety first but balances the customer service aspect of her job. She has taken the time to understand our operational needs while consulting with us on finding mutually agreeable solutions to marine safety problems. My engineering and vessel crews find Hannah to be very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with,” said Patrick Murphy, director of operations for the Blue & Gold Fleet.
Chief Warrant Officer Rob Busby, one of Reeves’ coworkers described her as a person with an amazing compassion for the safety of her fellow merchant mariners. “Her drive to comprehend both the letter and intent of Marine Safety regulations is inspiring,” said Busby.
In the military, soldiers and sailors have rules to follow called ‘General Orders.’
“The first General Order of Sector San Francisco should be to ask Hannah,” exclaimed Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence Blevins of Sector San Franciso.
“Hannah is the person who will have the answer to a tough question off the top of their head,” said Chief Warrant Officer Patricia Murphy, describing Reeves’ professional competence.
Every Coast Guard unit with field level marine inspectors was given the opportunity to nominate someone for this prestigious award.
“It was very difficult to decide which one of our exceptional inspectors to nominate for this award. We chose Hannah because she seamlessly absorbed a huge inspections workload after a period of unprecedented personnel turnover, and simultaneously provided a constant stream of training and mentorship to our cadre of new inspectors,” said Stump. “She has done an outstanding job partnering with the maritime industry to find the best and safest solutions to many difficult problems. Hannah is an extremely talented inspector, who is always willing to lend a hand to others, whether within the Coast Guard, or the broader maritime community. Her work epitomizes the Coast Guard’s core values.”