OCSNCOE Unit Emblem (silhouettes of a self-elevating MODU, an OSV and an offshore wind turbine over a silhouette of the United States with the U.S. Coast Guard mark (i.e., racing stripe) in the background).Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE)

JACK ST. MALO during offshore construction with attending OSV and Floatel VICTORY. C-ENFORCER underway with water cannons flowing. SEVAN LOUISIANA underway when initially entering the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Platform GINA off the California coast. Block Island windfarm with attending CTV. SPARTAN 151 dockside in Seward, AK.

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What are U.S. Coast Guard NCOEs?

National Centers of Expertise (NCOEs) were initiated in 2007 as part of the Marine Safety Enhancement Plan and documented in a string of ALCOAST messages, culminating with ALCOAST 131/09 which established expectations for all NCOEs. The purpose of the NCOEs was formally established in law with the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, H.R. 3619, Section 521 that amended Title 14 of the U.S. Code, Chapter 3 by adding paragraph 58.

"§313. Centers of expertise for Coast Guard prevention and response [section was renumbered from paragraph 58 by Pub. L. 115–282, §104(b) (Frank Lobiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018)]

(a) Establishment.-The Commandant may establish and operate one or more centers of expertise for prevention and response missions of the Coast Guard (in this section referred to as a "center").(b) Missions.-Any center established under subsection (a) shall-

(1) promote, facilitate, and conduct-

(A) education;
(B) training; and
(C) activities authorized under section 504(a)(4);

(2) be a repository of information on operations, practices, and resources related to the mission for which the center was established; and

(3) perform and support the mission for which the center was established."

There were initially 5 inspections-based NCOEs established under the Office of the Travelling Inspection Staff (CG-5P-TI):

There are two NCOEs that are under the Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis (CG-INV) (see the Winter 2015 edition of the Proceedings magazine for articles containing additional information on investigations NCOEs):

  • Investigations NCOE (INVNCOE), based in New Orleans, LA
  • Suspension and Revocation NCOE (S&RNCOE), based in Martinsburg, WV

A recently-formed Center of Expertise was created for Great Lakes Oil Spill Preparedness and Response and resides under CG-5R:

  • Great Lakes COE, opened offices at Lake Superior University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI in 2022