Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise to hold six day course, December 6-11

Cruise Ship National Center of ExpertiseFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) will be offering their Advanced Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination (AFPVE) course at The Atlantic Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale on December 6–11, 2010.

Throughout the six day course, participants, comprised of a diverse group of Coast Guard active duty and civilian staff as well as cruise line stakeholders from around the world, will experience a dynamic learning platform as it exposes them to other points of views and perspectives.

“The week-long interactions among participants reinforces the value of and need for frequent communication and close working relationships among the cruise industry community and Coast Guard,” said Cmdr. Buddy Reams, CSNCOE detachment chief.

Recently relocated from Miami Beach to a location in Fort Lauderdale, the CSNCOE will convene one additional course during fiscal year 2011 here in Fort Lauderdale.

The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise provides unique partnerships between the Coast Guard and the foreign cruise ship industry. Seated in the Fort Lauderdale area, the center is uniquely located near the heart of the cruise ship industry in Port Everglades. The industry and the Coast Guard benefit from this geographical proximity through the daily interactions and working in partnership to meet the challenges related to compliance with International safety standards, maritime security, and environmental standards. The high pace of local cruise ship operations and industry investment make it possible for the Coast Guard to become experts on cruise ship design, construction, and operations.

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