Admiral Papp: Coast Guard Appreciates Professionalism of American Mariners

 

August 2012

 

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Admiral Robert J. Papp, the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, recently voiced strong appreciation of the U.S. Merchant Marine in a letter to SIU President Michael Sacco. He also reiterated the agency’s eagerness to work cooperatively for the benefit of everyone involved in the maritime industry.

 

The admiral was responding to a joint letter from the presidents of the SIU, American Maritime Officers, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. As reported in last month’s LOG, that letter expressed great concern about an article written by a Coast Guard captain; the presidents asserted that the editorial by Eric Christensen was very misleading, and that it unfairly portrayed U.S.-flag vessels as unsafe.

 

Papp, after mentioning that Christensen recently had been transferred, wrote, “Be assured the Coast Guard appreciates the professionalism and dedication of the United States-flag commercial ship operators and the crews you represent. We are also keenly aware it is these operators and crews, not regulators and inspectors, who have the most direct and effective impact on safety, particularly when they and the organizations that represent them go beyond the minimum standards set in regulation.”

 

He added that the agency is committed to working with the industry to help U.S. ship operators and crews comply with all international standards.

 

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