Lt. Cmdr. Jose Tony Mercado, Economic Officer Alexander MacFarlane, Ministry of Transportation General Company for Ports of Iraq Official, Deputy Principal Officer James Merz and Lt. Cmdr. Paul Rudick stand for a photo aboard an Iraqi naval ship. The Iraqi naval ship is one of two ships that took the team out to Khor al-Amaya Oil Terminal offshore terminal. Photo courtesy of Consulate General Basrah.

International Port Security Program: Spotlight Activities Europe

In partnership with the Department of State, the International Port Security Program is on the forefront of American foreign policy collaborating with maritime trading partners to create safer oceans and ports in places one would never think the U.S. Coast Guard would be working in. Lt. Cmdr. Jose Tony Mercado, who completed a tour in the IPS Program Atlantic Area office and recently reported to Activities Europe, has been to more than a few of the places most don’t commonly picture the Coast Guard traveling to and working with, including Cuba, Venezuela, Senegal, and most recently to Iraq.


SAR in Action: Seventh Pacific Regional Search and Rescue Workshop

When a mariner is found at sea it is no accident. In fact it is often the result of hours of deliberate search and rescue planning and continually nurtured partnerships across jurisdictions and borders. Search and rescue governance is an important element in the Pacific where vast distances and limited resources make saving lives all the more challenging.


U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Willow drifts by an ice berg during an Arctic patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton.

Adm. Papp encourages international community to adopt Polar Code

Written by Christopher Lagan. In an address to the general assembly of the International Maritime Organization, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp encouraged the IMO to address the pressing issues facing the international shipping community, including the Arctic, piracy and […]


radio check

Radio check

Knowing how to reach the Coast Guard in an emergency is an important step in getting help quickly. Dialing 9-1-1 may be the best for an emergency on land, but not on the water. Boaters should use marine two-way radios, not cell phones. These broadcast radios allow everyone to listen; whereas a phone call only goes to the number dialed.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp tours the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway, with Rear Admiral Bernt Grimstvedt, Chief of the Royal Norwegian Navy. The museum includes the Fram, a ship used by Norwegian explorers for Arctic and Antarctic expeditions between 1893 and 1912. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Strengthening maritime governance partnerships in Norway

Strengthening our partnerships is more important than ever before. Our nation is making difficult but necessary decisions to put our fiscal house in order and we may be asked to do less with less, or at least do the same work with different means. But the need for maritime governance continues in order to achieve our shared goals of safe transportation, clean seas, and secure and efficient movement of commerce. Working as partners we will navigate “uncertain and stormy seas” together.


Vessel Traffic Information System demonstration

To Europe & Far East: Adm. Papp continues international trip with stop in Singapore

Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp continued his outreach trip last week with an official visit to Singapore to meet with international partner agencies and Coast Guardsmen stationed there. This visit provided insights into the challenges faced by the Port of Singapore, the busiest port in the world as measured by vessel arrival tonnage, and further strengthened ties between the Coast Guard and Singapore.


Ensuring cruise ship safety

The sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, the evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and the search for survivors has captivated the world for the past week. The accident has raised questions about the safety of cruise ships […]


Shipmate of the Week – LT Patrick Armstrong

Written by Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer, World Maritime University. The nation’s marine transportation system – including its ports, waterways and vessels – handles more than $900 billion in international commerce every year. The Coast Guard remains committed to this global […]


Giving thanks – Good Samaritans

What began as a family adventure to sail to Australia turned into one couple’s quest, not only as mariners, but as parents and as heroes. The courage to save the lives of three strangers was a choice that Maurice and Sophie Conti could only let their conscious decide. Maurice and Sophie had sold everything they owned in 2007 and purchased the 47-foot French flagged catamaran, Ocealys. The Contis started their sailing adventure aboard with their two young children Massimo, who was 5 at the time and Annabelle who was 3.


ADM Papp focused on counter-piracy, Arctic at IMO assembly

This is the second of a three-part series focused on Adm. Bob Papp’s travel to the Middle East and Europe to meet with partner organizations and visit Coast Guard personnel. It was written with contributions by Ademide Adedokun. Coast Guard […]


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