Our nation’s waterways are a critical component of the Marine Transportation System or MTS. The MTS is a highly integrated system that includes over 1,000 harbor channels and 25,000 miles of commercially navigable channels. It connects over 152,000 miles of railroad, 45,000 miles of interstate highway, and 460,000 miles of pipeline through nearly 2,000 terminals operated at over 360 deep and shallow draft ports.
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The Coast Guard has been responsible for conducting marine casualty investigations since the Steamboat Inspection Service was formed in 1874. Currently, the investigation program resides within the Coast Guard’s Prevention Directorate and employs approximately 200 uniformed and civilian staff stationed domestically and internationally and includes two National Centers of Expertise.
The OAP11 – Vessel Inspections specialty code designates the recipient as a certified Coast Guard Marine Inspector and Port State Control Examiner. This program utilizes the Apprentice-Journeyman-Advanced Journeyman concept for progression through competency achievement.
Prevention Officers with this specialty have the training, skills, and experience to manage and execute the Coast Guard’s prevention operations. Prevention mission management requires detailed knowledge of the inspection of vessels, facilities, maritime investigations, enforcement of waterway safety and security standards, and waterway analyses.