As tensions ease abroad, the U.S. Coast Guard's role in defense readiness increases in importance. In addition, the service has a central role in several of the most crucial topics facing the U.S. today—marine safety, oil spill prevention and drug smuggling.
Minimizing the risk of a water-borne or delivered terrorist attack is no small responsibility. Maritime Reporter visited recently with U.S. Coast Guard LCDR Stephen M. Midas. Chief, Planning and Risk Management Department, Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads, for some insights.
Having the right safety equipment aboard is the most effective way of reducing the life-threatening aspects of abandoning ship at sea. Add a thorough knowledge of survival techniques and the possibilities of living to tell about such an adventure increase dramatically.