Coast Guard Establishes Great Lakes Center of Excellence

CLEVELAND – Rear Adm. John E. Crowley, Jr., Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, is pleased to announce the start of the establishment process for the Great Lakes Center of Excellence (COE).

This center, managed by and for the Coast Guard, will be located in Duluth, Minn.
The center’s stated purpose is to support the training needs for new and existing marine inspectors by creating a qualified pool of Great Lakes domestic deep-draft ship inspectors and serve as a repository for U.S Laker inspection policy and guidance for use internally and by industry alike.

This center is an important component in the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety revitalization efforts and demonstrates our commitment to standardize interactions with maritime partners and establish consistency throughout the marine safety field.

The location choice and composition has been the successful culmination of a two month process of soliciting feedback and suggestions from the shipping industry leadership, unions, and stakeholders.

“The marine Center of Excellence will serve as a focal point for the marine safety program and vessel issues unique to the U.S. Laker fleet,” said Crowley. “I am convinced we will be better qualified and have more consistent practices with a COE located in Duluth.”

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