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Commentary | April 14, 2021

Announcing the award for the 2021 Excellence in Marine Inspections 

By Janki Patel, MyCG Writer

The seventh annual Excellence in Marine Inspections Award recipient is Chief Warrant Officer Carl L. Worley from Sector New York, New York. Worley is a marine inspector who exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values while demonstrating excellence in and commitment to the marine safety mission. 

Worley is an exemplary marine safety professional, and most significantly, a superior mentor for junior inspectors. He played a pivotal role implementing the towing vessel inspection program throughout Sector New York’s area of responsibility, developing a week-long Inspected Towing Vessel (ITV) College to further qualify potential for marine inspectors.

Additionally, Worley showcased his unwavering commitment to safety of life at sea during a barge inspection. He identified an electrical panel located in a hazardous zone. After further investigation, he discovered this arrangement spanned across the company’s fleet of barges, impacting multiple Captain of the Port zones.
Rear Adm. Richard Timme, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy also recognizes Lionel R. Campbell from Sector Jacksonville, Florida. and Chief Warrant Officer Dennis W. Myers from Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles, Louisiana as honorable mention finalists.

Campbell’s aptitude was critical to the response and salvage of a fire-stricken foreign-flagged vessel. His knowledge of the vessel’s construction and design greatly assisted in extinguishing the fire. As a recognized subject matter expert, he was involved in creating the first Alternate Inspection Program task list for the Marine Inspector Performance Support Architecture. His participation throughout the initiative was vital in identifying, verifying, and classifying more than 3,000 inspection tasks, forming the foundation for a new comprehensive training program that will promote consistent nationwide execution of inspection activities for many years to come.  

Myers’ technical expertise was helpful following an explosion on a dredge. He collaborated with investigating officers and local fire department personnel to identify and eliminate the gas source that caused the explosion. He collaborated with investigating officers and local fire department personnel to identify and eliminate the gas source that caused the explosion. His sound judgment and attention to detail resulted in a successful Flag State Detention, spurring immediate expansion of oversight to the operator’s remaining fleet.

Coast Guard marine inspectors dedicate themselves to protecting the safety and security of not only our domestic Maritime Transportation System, but international commerce as well. They ensure commercial vessels of all types and all nations meet the standards that preserve life, protect the environment and facilitate the vibrancy of the world’s economy through safe and secure maritime trade.

Bravo Zulu to the awardees for exemplifying outstanding skills, hard work, professionalism, and traditions of the Marine Inspection community and core values of our service. 

Winner Announcement – Excellence in Marine Inspections Award ALCOAST 137/21