Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise course begins Monday

Cruise Ship National Center of ExpertiseFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) will be convening their six-day Advanced Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination (AFPVE) course at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel in Dania, Fla., starting Monday.

Course participants are comprised of a diverse group of Coast Guard active duty and civilian staff as well as cruise industry stakeholders from around the world. The purpose of the course is to broaden and deepen participants understanding and competency in the Coast Guard’s Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination program.

“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.

The CSNCOE, which recently relocated from Miami Beach to a location in Fort Lauderdale, will convene two additional courses during fiscal year 2011 in Fort Lauderdale.

The purpose of the CSNCOE is to increase Coast Guard competencies in all aspects of the cruise shipping industry, in particular the enforcement of foreign passenger vessel safety standards, ensure the capability of all field offices to consistently carry out this enforcement, and prepare the Coast Guard for growth and technological advancements in the cruise industry. Expertise is maintained through high volumes of exposure to and interaction with every facet of the cruise industry to include: added third-party formal and informal training including advanced degrees, technical industry organization meetings and seminars, and other sources of knowledge or skills.

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