Sunday, December 19, 2010

Midrats - Episode 50: The USCG in the 21st Century

Piracy, maritime terrorism, oily water separators, criminalization of seafarers, underwater autonomous vehicles, fatigue, salvage, arctic issues, and the recycling of ships; how is the United States Coast Guard responding to today's challenges?

EagleOne and my guest today for the full hour from 5-6pm EST will be, Dennis Bryant, CAPT USCG (Ret), presently the head of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting.

After graduating from the US Coast Guard Academy, he served 27 years active duty, retiring as a Captain in 1995. While on active duty, he made three Arctic patrols (and was seconded to the icebreaking tanker MANHATTAN during its Northwest Passage transit in 1969). After law school, he served in a variety of legal assignments, including as the agency’s Law of the Sea Officer. He supervised implementation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). This project involved preparation of regulations relating to double hulls for oil tankers and vessel response plans, among others.

In 1995, he joined the law firm of Haight Gardner Poor & Havens, specializing in the government regulation of ships. He advised clients worldwide on compliance with international, US, and state laws impacting vessel operation. He published via email to 5,000 readers worldwide the daily newsletter Maritime Items on governmental developments impacting the industry.

In 2009, Mr. Bryant moved into maritime regulatory consulting. He continues to publish a daily newsletter, but it is now distributed via the Blog. He writes extensively, speaks at fora worldwide, and is quoted frequently in the trade press.

Join us live if you can, and pile in with the usual suspects in the chat room during the show where you can offer your own questions and observations to our guests. If you miss the show or want to catch up on the shows you missed - you can always reach the archives at blogtalkradio - or set yourself to get the podcast on iTunes.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Any update on the agonizingly slow process of replacing all those big, ancient coast guard cutters ?     why is it taking so long ?   some of those large cutters are in terrible condition.   is there really a decent replacement plan?