>Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise

>The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that, on May 22, it will commission the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise in Paducah, Kentucky.

In 2009, seven National Centers of Expertise were established in an effort to increase the competencies of Coast Guard commercial vessel inspectors and marine casualty investigators, thereby improving customer service to the maritime industry. The TVNCOE is charged with training towing vessel examiners and inspectors, being a repository of towing vessel expertise, and forming and strengthening partnerships within the industry.

“The partnership between the Coast Guard and the towing industry is vital to ensuring safety, security and environmental stewardship on our waters while minimizing costly disruptions to commerce,” said Capt. Gordon Loebl, the chief of Travel Inspectors and Centers of Expertise.

The TVNCOE is led by Cmdr. Greg Case, supervisor, and Lt. Julie Bethke, assistant supervisor. The civilian subject matter experts staffed at TVNCOE are Roy Murphy, William Perkins, Mike Kelly and Steven Douglass. The staff encompasses 104 years of Coast Guard marine inspections and towing vessel knowledge and expertise.