The U.S. Coast Guard has 11 missions:
- Ports, waterway, and coastal security
- Drug interdiction
- Aids to navigation
- Search and rescue
- Living marine resources
- Marine safety
- Defense readiness
- Migrant interdiction
- Marine environmental protection
- Ice operations
- Other law enforcement
One way we exercise the authority given to us by the U.S. Congress is through regulations. Since our roles and responsibilities are so diverse, our regulations will be equally diverse.
Our regulations are primarily contained in Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters, and Title 46, Shipping, of the Code of Federal Regulations.
To review all Coast Guard regulations currently in effect, look at the online Code of Federal Regulations. You will notice regulations for “hardware”—ships, equipment, materials; those for “software”—operating/operational requirements, personnel requirements; and those for financial requirements.
You will also find, among other things, regulations on treatment of ships’ ballast water to prevent the introduction of non-indigenous species, regulations on inspection standards for towing vessels, discussion of standards for card readers that read identification cards for transportation workers, and environmental issues that include pollution sources such as engine emissions and oil spills.
Do you want to know what regulations the Coast Guard is currently working on, or is thinking of working on?
Go to: http://www.reginfo.gov/. Click on the link in the center of the page, “Current and Past Agendas and Plans and How to Use Them.” From the drop-down menu for “Select Agency,” select “Department of Homeland Security” and click “Submit.” Scroll down to the Coast Guard entries—the ones labeled “DHS/USCG.”
For more information:
Full article is available at http://www.uscg.mil/proceedings/spring2010.
Subscribe online at http://www.uscg.mil/proceedings/subscribe.asp.