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ALCOAST 305/11 COMDTNOTE 16732 SUBJ: WINNERS OF THE CONGRESSMAN JAMES SENER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MARINE INVESTIGATIONS

(CY2010) A. USCG MARINE SAFETY MANUAL VOLUME V: INVESTIGATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT, COMDTINST M16000.10(SERIES) 1. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF THE CONGRESSMAN JAMES SENER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MARINE INVESTIGATIONS. THE MARINE INVESTIGATORS NAMED BELOW ARE RECOGNIZED FOR LEADING THEIR INVESTIGATIVE TEAMS IN CONDUCTING THE VERY FINEST MARINE CASUALTY INVESTIGATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COAST GUARD. THEY HAVE ALL DEMONSTRATED EXCEPTIONAL INVESTIGATIVE SKILLS AND POSITIVELY INFLUENCED MARINE SAFETY. 2. BACKGROUND: THE COAST GUARDS MARINE INVESTIGATIONS PROGRAM HAS BEEN A VITAL ARM OF ITS MARINE SAFETY ACTIVITIES SINCE 1838 WHEN THE PROGRAMS PREDECESSOR, THE STEAMBOAT INSPECTION SERVICE, WAS ESTABLISHED. IN 1832 ALONE, APPROXIMATELY 14 PERCENT OF THE STEAM VESSELS IN OPERATION WERE DESTROYED BY EXPLOSIONS KILLING MORE THAN 1000 PEOPLE. THESE EXPLOSIONS OCCURRED LARGELY BECAUSE THERE WERE NO INSPECTION LAWS OR RULES OF NAVIGATION. IN SOME CASES, MARINER INCOMPETENCE, NEGLIGENCE, AND/OR MISCONDUCT WERE CAUSAL FACTORS. AS A RESULT, THE U.S. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED INSPECTION LAWS AND CREATED THE STEAMSHIP INSPECTION SERVICE. CONGRESSMAN JAMES SENER OF VIRGINIA SPONSORED THE LEGISLATION THAT CREATED THE MODERN MARINE INVESTIGATION PROGRAM ON JUNE 20, 1874. CONGRESSMAN SENERS BILL PUT IN PLACE THE WORLDS MOST EFFECTIVE SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING AND ELIMINATING UNSAFE CONDITIONS IN THE MARINE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, PERHAPS THE SINGLE GREATEST STEP FORWARD IN MARINE SAFETY. SINCE THAT TIME, THE PROGRAM HAS GREATLY EVOLVED. THE LATEST MAJOR ADVANCEMENT OCCURRED IN 2004, WHEN THE PROGRAM ASSISTED IN DRAFTING AND THEN ADOPTED THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATIONS SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO MARINE CASUALTY INVESTIGATIONS, FOREVER LEAVING ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS BEHIND AS ANOTHER CHAPTER IN OUR HISTORY. THE SENER AWARD HONORS AND RECALLS CONGRESSMAN JAMES SENERS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SAFETY OF MARINERS, VESSELS, AND THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS THE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF THE PROGRAM BY RECOGNIZING TRULY EXCEPTIONAL MARINE INVESTIGATIONS. 3. PER THE REQUIREMENTS OF REF A THE SENER AWARD WINNERS ARE LISTED BELOW: LEAD INVESTIGATOR CONVENING OCMI MISLE NO./VESSEL CDR MALCOLM MCLELLAN COMMANDANT 3351236/KATMAI MSTC PETER GOLLNICK SECTOR BOSTON 3387918/PATRIOT 4. IN ADDITION TO THE WINNERS LISTED ABOVE, THE SENER AWARDS BOARD CONSIDERED THE FOLLOWING EXCELLENT NOMINATIONS: LEAD INVESTIGATOR CONVENING OCMI MISLE NO./VESSEL CAPT WILLIAM DRELLING CGD EIGHT 2021113/ZIM MEXICO/LEE III LCDR DAN SILVESTRO CGD SEVEN 3284830/MISS CALABASH II LCDR ANTHONY GUILD SECTOR LA/LB 2685084/PHOENIX 5. THE SENER AWARDS BOARD CONSISTED OF THE FOLLOWING: CDR JOSHUA MCTAGGART LCDR MICHAEL SIMBULAN LCDR EDGARDO CRUZ MR. DAVID DICKEY 6. RDML KEVIN S. COOK, DIRECTOR OF PREVENTION POLICY, SENDS. 7. INTERNET RELEASE IS AUTHORIZED.