The introduction of the Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC) and the centralization of the Coast Guard Regional Exam Centers to West Virginia are two of the major changes US mariners are having to cope with in the current and upcoming year. Inspector Jacob Varghis, USCG Chief of the Safety and Compliance Branch, Pacific Area, will discuss these and other issues in Navigating the Regulatory Seas. Time will be allotted after the presentation for questions regarding other regulatory issues.
Chief, Commercial Vessel Safety and Compliance
Pacific Area Prevention Department
United States Coast Guard
Mr. Varghis assumed duties as Chief of the Coast Guard Pacific Area Prevention/Compliance Branch in September 2001. After getting BSME (Mechanical Engineering) degree, Mr. Varghis attended and graduated from the University of Michigan, An Arbor in June 1986, receiving a Master of Science Degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Mr. Varghis started his maritime carrier in 1975 as a Junior Engineering Officer in the Merchant Marine. From 1975 to 1981 he held various positions on board commercial ships and finally held positions as Chief Engineer.
From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Varghis was assigned to the Military Sealift Command, Pacific office as a Material Readiness Evaluation (MRE) Engineer. In this capacity he was in charge of testing various equipments on United States Navy Auxiliary Vessels and provided comprehensive reports to Navy Commanders stating the material readiness of the vessels. From 1991 to 1997 Mr. Varghis worked as the Port Engineer for the Military Sealift Command Pacific. In this capacity he worked as the life Cycle Manger for the Naval Auxiliary vessels such as USNS Kilauea (ammunition vessel) and USNS Mercy (2000 bed Naval Hospital vessel). As a Port Engineer Mr. Varghis was in charge of the complete maintenance and upkeep of these vessels and participated in repair/conversion projects ranging from 1 Million dollars up to 25 million dollars.
Mr. Varghis started his United States Coast Guard Carrier in 1997 as the Assistant Chief Investigating Officer (ASIP) for the San Francisco Marine Safety office. In 2001 he was promoted to head the vessel safety and compliance office in the Pacific Area Marine Safety office, now the Prevention Office. As the Chief of the vessel safety and compliance Branch, CG Pacific Area, Mr. Varghis is charged with leading the development, implementation, measurement, and refinement of Pacific Area strategies and activities in support of the Coast Guard Commandant’s performance goals to maximize vessel safety within Pacific Area ports and waterways and to provide port safety/security in support of national defense. He is also in charge of Commercial Fishing vessel safety (CFVS), Port State Control (PSC), Domestic Vessel Inspection, Ballast water Management, Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) permitting and Merchant Mariner Licensing program. Since the 9/11 terrorist events, he has been extensively involved in Port and Maritime Security planning and response efforts as well.