In July 2015, Gene Sykes hired on with the Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise as a Civilian Marine Inspector. He retired as a CWO3 (Marine Safety Specialist Engineering) with nearly 23 years of USCG Active Duty service. Mr. Sykes has been involved with Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) inspections since 2010 and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) inspections since 2009.
Prior Marine Safety assignments include Marine Safety Unit Morgan City Civilian Supervisor 2014-2015, Sector New Orleans 2008-2014 (OCS Branch Manager, OSV New Construction, OSV Overseas Inspector and Domestic Vessel Inspections) and Sector San Juan, PR 2006-2008 (Port State Control Examiner and Foreign Freight Vessel Examiner).
Operational tours as a Machinery Technician prior to entering the Marine Safety Program include Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh, PA, Aids to Navigation Team Venice, LA, Aids to Navigation Team New Orleans, LA, TRACEN Yorktown, VA, CGC VIGOROUS and CGC ALERT.
Areas of expertise are Floating OCS Facilities, Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, Fixed OCS Facilities (Platforms) and Offshore Supply Vessels.
Mr. Sykes serves as the point of contact for drilling and production Mutual Training Agreements (MTAs) between the Coast Guard and participating companies.