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A. Marine Safety Manual Volume II, COMDTINST M16000.7 (series)
1. This message announces the solicitation for the 2018 Award for Excellence in
Marine Inspection.
2. Established in 2013, this award recognizes the marine inspection program and
honors those who carry out inspection missions. In the early 1800s, the steamboat
industry began growing at a fast rate. Congress originally was reluctant to pass
safety laws which might interfere with the growth of the steamboat industry.
Following a series of accidents, the steamboat laws were passed in 1838 and 1852
to enforce safety requirements. In 1871, the Steamboat Inspection Service was
created which required a safety relief valve for boilers as well as hydrostatic
testing and routine inspections. In 1884, the Steamboat Inspection Service was
merged with the Bureau of Navigation and the new service was later named the
Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation. During World War II, President
Roosevelt, as a wartime measure, transferred control of the Bureau of Marine
Inspection and Navigation to the U.S. Coast Guard. Since that time, the
inspection program has evolved to oversee the safety of a wide variety of
vessels operating in U.S. waters ranging from small passenger vessels to mobile
offshore drilling units. Today, the marine inspection program is a foundational
element of the Coast Guard Prevention workforce and continues to play a
significant role in maintaining the highest levels of safety and security in
protecting mariners, passengers, ports and waterways around the world.
3. Nomination process:
   a. IAW REF (A), this is an award to recognize excellence in performance by
individual marine inspectors. Each unit with field level marine inspectors
(Sectors, MSUs, MSDs, Activities, or Subunits) may nominate one of its marine
inspectors. Nominees can be any active duty, civilian or reserve filling a marine
inspector duty billet (O4 and below rank and GS12 and below pay grade) who actively
carry out the CVS mission (both domestic inspections and/or port state control).
   b. The nominee should exemplify the Coast Guard core values and display the
traits of an optimal marine inspector as described in REF (A). Further, the nominee
should lead vessel inspections and/or port state control examinations that
prevent vessel system failures and marine casualties, help save lives by
correcting a series of hard to find deficiencies, make a substantial improvement
to the inspection/port state control programs, and/or contribute to a fleet-wide
or industry-wide change which enhances marine safety. Activities that result in
safety notices, technical publication, and procedural changes are examples of
such operations. A nominee should also be devoted to sharing his/her marine
inspection knowledge and insights with others and help his/her fellow marine
inspectors become more proficient in their trade. The award recognizes a
nominee’s body of work over the course of a full calendar year.
   c. Nominations should be made by submitting a one to two page narrative in
memo format to COMDT (CG-CVC). The nominee’s full name and title should be
listed. The memo should briefly describe the individual’s role at the unit,
specifically describe the actions for which he/she is being nominated, and
explain the positive impacts to the Coast Guard, industry, and/or safety
onboard commercial vessels. Associated activities in MISLE with the activity
numbers may be referenced in the narrative if applicable. Additionally, any
safety alerts or professional publications associated with the nomination may
be referenced and included as supplemental information.
   d. The deadline for nominations will be Thursday, January 31, 2019.
4. Selection criteria. The selection board will consider the nominee’s
training/mentoring of others, impact on marine safety, display of expertise,
and professionalism when selecting a winner. The winner of the award will
receive the Award for Excellence in Marine Inspection trophy embossed with
the USCG inspections propeller and have their name engraved alongside past
recipients on the corresponding plaque hanging within COMDT (CG-CVC).
5. All nomination memos should be signed by the Unit Commander or Commanding
Officer and be delivered electronically to COMDT (CG-CVC) at
The subject of the email should state, "Nomination for the Award for Excellence
in Marine Inspections".
6. Questions concerning the nomination and selection process should be sent
to COMDT (CG-CVC) using the email address and subject line listed in Paragraph 5.
7. RADM John P. Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, sends.
8. Internet release authorized.