Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE)

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OCSNCOE Staff

Our team consists of 3 active duty and 3 civilian members. Collectively, current members have advanced degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and over 20 years of OCS-related merchant marine experience. Additionally, the team has over 50 years of marine inspection experience, including 20+ years with Mobile Offshore Drilling Units and Production Facilities.

Current members have been previously assigned as command cadre, chiefs of vessel inspections, new construction oversight, marine casualty investigations, incident management and pollution response.

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LCDR Andrew Czarniak is the detachment chief for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE). He leads the OCSNCOE staff, providing technical assistance, support and training to Coast Guard headquarters and field units, governments, and industry on offshore drilling and production facilities, offshore supply vessels and crew boats.

From 2015 to 2019, LCDR Czarniak served as a Marine Inspector and then as the Chief of the Inspection Division at Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, LA. In that port, he oversaw a fleet of barges, offshore supply vessels, industrial vessels and crew boats supporting the maritime energy industry. Before his assignment in Morgan City, LCDR Czarniak served as a staff engineer in the Small Vessel Branch at the Marine Safety Center in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the Coast Guard’s Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT).

Prior operational tours include service as an Engineering Officer in Training aboard USCGC MACKINAW (WAGB-83), Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC FIR (WLB-213), and
Operations Officer aboard USCGC ELM (WLB-204).

LCDR Czarniak holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a 2005 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.

LT Yuen is the national technical advisor for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE). He is a subject matter expert in the areas of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), Floating OCS Facilities, as well as the regulation and inspection of major U.S. vessels. LT Yuen assists with creation and review of Coast Guard policy, regulations, and standards related to the OCS. He also develops inspector qualification standards for MODUs and Floating OCS Facilities.

LT Yuen reported to the NCOE with nine years of Coast Guard experience in the Gulf of Mexico and overseas.

Prior to the NCOE, LT Yuen completed the CG Marine Engineering Post-Graduate program, earning Master of Science degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Industrial Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Offshore course work included the study of Vortex Induced Vibration forces, deployment of Marine Renewable Energy Systems, and Floating Offshore Installation Mooring Dynamics.

LT Yuen also served as a senior inspector for CG Activities Far East completing MODU, U.S. Deep-draft and Military Sea Lift inspections throughout northern Asia.  Prior assignments include serving as the OCS Branch Chief at Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, as well as an engineer and damage control assistant aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter CHASE.  LT Yuen is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

LT Vincente Carreon is a technical advisor for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE) in Morgan City, LA. He is a subject matter expert in the areas of Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs), Industrial Vessels, and Dive Support Vessels. LT Carreon assists with creation and review of Coast Guard policy, regulations and standards related to the OCS. He also develops inspector qualification standards for OSVs.

Prior to the NCOE, LT Carreon was selected to participate in the USCG’s Merchant Marine Industry Training (MMIT) program where he completed a six month executive management internship with a global classification society and offshore crane inspection organization. Areas of focus for the internship included Safety Management/Document of Compliance audits, execution of the Alternate Compliance Program for our nation’s OSV fleet and training & certification standards for offshore crane operators and technicians.

LT Carreon’s Marine Inspections tours include Flag State Control Branch Chief at Sector Corpus Christi and Apprentice Marine Inspector at Marine Safety Unit Morgan City (including service in the OCS Inspections Branch as a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit and Production Facility Inspector). Operational tours as an Avionics Electrical Technician include HU-25 Falcon Sensor System Operator conducting search and rescue/counter narcotic operations at Air Station Corpus Christi and Command Suite Operator for Department and agency executive travel at Air Station Washington D.C.

LT Carreon is a 2002 U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Basic Training graduate and a 2012 graduate of U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, holding an Associates in Applied Electronic Studies from Thomas Edison State University. His personal awards include the Coast Guard Commendation medal (2), Coast Guard Achievement medal (3) and numerous other personal, team, and unit awards.

LT Carreon is originally from Boise, Idaho and currently lives in Houma, Louisiana with his wife and four kids.

Eric is a USCG licensed Master that began his career in the marine industry in 1984. His experiences have been working as Master on crew boats, utility boats, towing vessels, seismic/research vessels, dive vessels, offshore supply vessels (OSVs) and anchor handling vessels. All of which are domestic vessels operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

Eric was originally hired by the OCS NCOE in January 2010 to provide knowledge of OSVs from an operator’s/Master’s point of view. He departed the NCOE in May 2013 to gain further industry knowledge before rejoining the OCS NCOE in August 2016. Eric furthered his knowledge by working as an auditor/inspector of OSVs, mobile offshore drilling units, barges, towing vessels, industrial vessels and conducting dynamic positioning (DP) system proving and annual trials on DP equipped vessels.

He also has experience as an instructor which include; teaching STCW 95 courses at a USCG approved training facility, teaching Nautical Institute approved basic and advance DP courses, and he continues to teach at Nichol’s State University College of Business, where he teaches the regulatory section of the Introduction to Maritime Management.

Eric worked with MSU Houma and MSU Morgan City to earn his Offshore Supply Vessel Inspector (OI) Marine Inspector qualification during 2018.

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.

In April 2015, Harley Bates joined the Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise as a Civilian Marine Inspector. He retired as a CWO4 (Marine Safety Specialist Engineering) with nearly 24 years of USCG Active Duty service. Mr. Bates has been involved with Offshore Supply Vessel inspections since 2006 and Outer Continental Shelf inspections since 2008.

Prior Marine Safety assignments include Marine Safety Unit Morgan City 2013-2015 (OCS Inspections and Floating OCS Facility New Construction) and Sector New Orleans 2005-2013 (OCS Branch Manager, OSV New Construction and Domestic Vessel Inspections).

Operational tours as a Machinery Technician prior to entering the Marine Safety Program include CGC KICKAPOO, CGC OCRACOKE, Aids to Navigation Team Gulfport, MS, CGC WEDGE, CGC ANVIL and CGC PATOKA.

Areas of expertise are Floating OCS Facilities, Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, Fixed OCS Facilities (Platforms) and Offshore Supply Vessels. Mr. Bates also serves as the OCSNCOE's liaison to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).