Focus Session: Session A-Navigating the Regulatory Seas

Summary:
This session will review the current state of the reorganization of the mariner credentialing program in the Coast Guard.  It will examine the current state of affairs as it pertains to the status of mariner application process. 

This session will also cover changes in the regulations over the last 12 months, to include the incorporation of the new consolidated credential, reorganization of the regulations, and the establishment of the Vessel Security Officer requirements. 

Finally, this session will discuss the requirements to obtain an STCW endorsement.

Biography of Speaker: Luke Harden

Mr. Luke Harden presently serves as a member in the office of Vessel Activities as chief of the Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division (CG-5434).  This division is responsible for the establishment, review, and revision of mariner credentialing policy in the Coast Guard.  CG-5434 also reviews all appeals of mariner applications for Admiral Cook.     

Mr Harden is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.  Upon graduating from the Coast Guard Academy in 1984, he was assigned as a student engineer on the CGC CONFIDENCE (WMEC 619), Port Angeles, WA.  Following that assignment, he served as the Deck Watch Officer & Navigator on the CGC Rush (WHEC 721), Alameda, CA.  Later he served as a Marine Inspector/Casualty Investigator/License Examiner at MSO Puget Sound, Seattle, WA; Senior Investigator at MSO Portland, Portland OR; Chief, Inspection, Licensing, & Investigation Departments at MSO St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; as a regulatory project officer within the office of Operating and Environmental Standards of Coast Guard Headquarters, and as a subject matter expert in the matters of mariner credentialing in the Mariner Credentialing Program Policy division. 

In 2004, Mr. Harden retired from the Coast Guard after 20 years of active duty service. He was hired by the Coast Guard as a maritime transportation specialist to work on matters pertaining to merchant mariner credentialing to include development of policy and regulations.

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