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I saw this report today and recalled some recent debates on the subject. Just thought some of you might be interested in the report.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Coast Guard has had a long and proud tradition of serving the country and marine industry through a robust and very professional Marine Safety program. U.S. safety standards, U.S. inspections, and the U.S. licensing system have been models for the rest of the world. Recently, Congress and the industry have criticized the Coast Guard because they believe Coast Guard Marine Safety performance and service have deteriorated. Many point to the Coast Guard's increased role in Maritime Security and its move to the Department of Homeland Security as primary reasons for the deterioration.

James C. Card Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (retired)

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg54/docs/VADM Card Report.pdf
 
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