May 21, 2008
Commandant unveils USCG Marine Safety Performance Plan
With the Coast Guard's maritime safety role coming under continuing criticism, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, will unveil the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Performance Plan during a speech to members of Baltimore's maritime industry scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, National Maritime Day, at The Vane Brothers Company, 2100 Frankfurst Ave., Baltimore.
The Coast Guard says it is making its five-year plan available for public comment via its "Homeport" Internet site following Thursday's event for a period of 60 days and welcomes input from the maritime industry, stakeholders, communities and others interested in the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Program.
The Coast Guard says the action plan to be unveiled by the Commandant is designed to improve upon the service's marine safety program with the ultimate goal of a program that will be considerate and responsive to mariners and the maritime community with six areas of focus that include adding more than 230 marine inspectors and investigators, creating six "Centers of Expertise" to train marine safety officers and programmatic improvements designed to make the Coast Guard's marine safety program the model of effectiveness and efficiency that other maritime nations will seek to emulate.