Changing Coast Guard commandCoast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth held a change-of-command ceremony June 6, during which Cmdr. Alan H. Moore Jr. relieved Cmdr. Kenneth R. Bryan as commanding officer.
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth held a change-of-command ceremony June 6, during which Cmdr. Alan H. Moore Jr. relieved Cmdr. Kenneth R. Bryan as commanding officer.
As the former executive officer of MSU Duluth, Moore is no stranger to the Coast Guard’s impact to the region.
As a regulatory agency, MSU Duluth must keenly balance risks to public safety, security and environmental stewardship with the economic contributions associated with the largest port in the Great Lakes — the Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior. The ports generate more than $545 million to the local economy and represent more than 2,900 jobs.
Highlighting this balance are two events poised to happen this summer. Tall Ships 2013 is expected to bring record numbers of tourists to the waters of the Twin Ports. The increased need for public safety to a busy port still moving billions of tons of cargo will be no easy task. Additionally, MSU Duluth will be hosting a large two-day exercise in late August involving dozens of government agencies, industry officials and private organizations. Known as a full-scale exercise, it will focus on emergency response strategies to oil pollution threats and maritime terrorism. To be successful, the Coast Guard and its port partners must again balance positive economic impacts of shipping with safety and security.
For information, contact Chief Warrant Officer Sam Allgood at 218-720-5286, ext. 136.