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Captain Aaron Demo



Traveling Inspection Staff (CG-5P-TI)

Captain Aaron Demo
Chief, Traveling Inspectors

Captain Demo assumed the duties as the Chief of the Traveling Inspection staff in July of 2021. He leads a specialized staff of senior marine inspectors that provide professional commercial vessel knowledge, experience, and training to field commanders and commercial vessel 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 Training Specialists located at Training Center Yorktown, VA.

He reported in from Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh, PA where he was the Commanding Officer (2018-2021), exercising the authorities of the Captain of the Port, Officer-In-Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator.  

His previous assignments include:  Traveling Inspector (2016-2018), Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance at Coast Guard Headquarters (2013-2016), Chief, Inspections Division at Sector Houston-Galveston (2010-2013); Assistant Chief, Domestic Vessel Branch at Sector Hampton Roads (2006-2010); Chief of the Incident Management Division and Investigating Officer at Sector New Orleans (2003-2006); and Staff Officer at the National Maritime Center (2000-2003).

Captain Demo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1994. He is also a 2013 graduate of The National Graduate School of Quality Management, where he earned a Master of Science in Quality Systems Management. Additionally, Captain Demo holds a license as a 1600-ton Master Upon Oceans, Master of Towing Vessels Upon Oceans, and a Third Mate Unlimited Upon Oceans.

Prior to entering the Coast Guard, he sailed as a licensed officer on offshore supply vessels, high-speed ferries, casino boats, and both inland and offshore tugs.