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Traveling Inspection Staff (CG-5P-TI)

Captain Todd Howard:


Chief, Traveling Inspectors




Captain Howard assumed the duties as the Chief of the Traveling Inspection staff in June of 2017. In this role, he leads a specialized staff of senior marine inspectors that provide professional commercial vessel knowledge, experience and training to field commanders and inspectors to ensure safe, consistent application of requirements and to expand technical expertise throughout the program.  The staff includes the Traveling Inspectors located at Coast Guard Headquarters, four National Centers of Expertise focused on the disciplines of Cruise Ships, Liquefied Gas Carriers, the Outer Continental Shelf, and Towing Vessels, and the Training Support Specialists located at TRACEN Yorktown.


Captain Howard began his marine safety career in 1997 at the Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia where he spent four years training and honing his skills as a marine inspector. He also qualified and stood watch as the Marine Safety Officer of the Day alongside Group watch-standers in the Joint Command Center and then as the Inspections Training Officer during his final year there.


In 2001, he was selected for the Marine Safety Engineering Program and attended The Ohio State University, earning a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.


From 2003 to 2007, he was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters serving as a staff engineer in the Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division of the Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) where he was the Coast Guard’s subject matter expert for the evaluation and approval of lifeboats, rescue boats and release gear.   


In 2007, Captain Howard transferred to Sector Puget Sound where he served four years as the Domestic Vessel Inspection Chief overseeing a robust marine inspector training program and a wide ranging fleet that included the Washington State Ferries, ACSA fishing vessels and TAPS tankers. 


In 2011, he was assigned to Sector Miami serving as the Inspections Division Chief managing the nation’s 2 largest cruise ship ports and the challenges associated with the Caribbean Cargo Code fleet of vessels.  In 2013, he fleeted up to the Prevention Department Head position at Sector Miami adding Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections, Waterways Management and Investigations responsibilities.

Following his tour in Miami, Captain Howard was once again assigned to the Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) serving as the Chief of the Systems Engineering Division from 2015 until 2017.  He managed regulatory development and implementation projects for the Polar Code, IGF Code, Cyber risk management, green propulsion technologies such as LNG, hydrogen, Li-Ion batteries, and MARPOL Annex VI initiatives.


Captain Howard is a native of the Cincinnati, Ohio area and is a 1995 graduate of United States Coast Guard Academy earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Following graduation he was stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter VIGILANT in Cape Canaveral, Florida for two years as a Deck Watch Officer.