Coast Guard to present Meritorious Public Service Award

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Captain Suzanne Englebert, Captain of the Port of Puget Sound will present the United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Mr. Keith Barnes of Harley Marine Services at Federal Center South on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Barnes will be presented the award for his work to further the safety and protect the environment of the entire Puget Sound from February 2008 to January 2009.

Barnes is credited with spearheading a major revision to the Puget Sound Bunkering and Lightering Standards of Care, a document which outlines safety procedures and requirements for shipping lines and bunker delivery companies involved in the transfer of fuel between vessels at sea.

Barnes brought together experts in local, state and federal government as well as members of the maritime industry to jointly analyze risk factors involved in the complex process of bunkering and lightering. Barnes and his team then devised protocols and procedures to mitigate those risks, and thus ensured the protection of the Puget Sound’s pristine environment.

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