In partnership with the Department of State, the International Port Security Program is on the forefront of American foreign policy collaborating with maritime trading partners to create safer oceans and ports in places one would never think the U.S. Coast Guard would be working in. Lt. Cmdr. Jose Tony Mercado, who completed a tour in the IPS Program Atlantic Area office and recently reported to Activities Europe, has been to more than a few of the places most don’t commonly picture the Coast Guard traveling to and working with, including Cuba, Venezuela, Senegal, and most recently to Iraq.
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When a mariner is found at sea it is no accident. In fact it is often the result of hours of deliberate search and rescue planning and continually nurtured partnerships across jurisdictions and borders. Search and rescue governance is an important element in the Pacific where vast distances and limited resources make saving lives all the more challenging.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Willow drifts by an ice berg during an Arctic patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton. Written by Christopher Lagan. In an address to the general assembly of the International Maritime Organization, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp encouraged the IMO to address the pressing issues
Knowing how to reach the Coast Guard in an emergency is an important step in getting help quickly. Dialing 9-1-1 may be the best for an emergency on land, but not on the water. Boaters should use marine two-way radios, not cell phones. These broadcast radios allow everyone to listen; whereas a phone call only goes to the number dialed.
Strengthening our partnerships is more important than ever before. Our nation is making difficult but necessary decisions to put our fiscal house in order and we may be asked to do less with less, or at least do the same work with different means. But the need for maritime governance continues in order to achieve our shared goals of safe transportation, clean seas, and secure and efficient movement of commerce. Working as partners we will navigate “uncertain and stormy seas” together.
Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp continued his outreach trip last week with an official visit to Singapore to meet with international partner agencies and Coast Guardsmen stationed there. This visit provided insights into the challenges faced by the Port of Singapore, the busiest port in the world as measured by vessel arrival tonnage, and further strengthened ties between the Coast Guard and Singapore.
A crewman from the cruise ship Volendam secures a line from a liferaft to the deck of the ship during an abandon ship drill demonstration for Coast Guard inspectors from Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak. The crew is required to know what actions to take during maritime emergencies, like how to launch a liferaft. U.S. Coast
Vice Adm. Brian Salerno, deputy commandant for operations; Dr. Björn Kjerfve, president of World Maritime University; Lt. Patrick Armstrong, the Coast Guard's first graduate from World Maritime University; and Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer at WMU's graduation ceremony. Photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer. Written by Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer, World Maritime University. The nation’s
What began as a family adventure to sail to Australia turned into one couple’s quest, not only as mariners, but as parents and as heroes. The courage to save the lives of three strangers was a choice that Maurice and Sophie Conti could only let their conscious decide. Maurice and Sophie had sold everything they owned in 2007 and purchased the 47-foot French flagged catamaran, Ocealys. The Contis started their sailing adventure aboard with their two young children Massimo, who was 5 at the time and Annabelle who was 3.
This is the second of a three-part series focused on Adm. Bob Papp’s travel to the Middle East and Europe to meet with partner organizations and visit Coast Guard personnel. It was written with contributions by Ademide Adedokun. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp reviews a document with Deputy Commandant for Operations Vice Adm. Brian