The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise is the Coast Guard's forward thinking component on the towing vessel industry to keep all program stakeholders well-prepared to handle current and future needs.


Maintain trained experts in the towing vessel industry to serve as in-house consultants to the Coast Guard and as participants in technical forums and decision-making collaborations, provide technical advice to both the industry and the Coast Guard, and increase and maintain the Coast Guard's collective capacity, competence, and consistency to professionally engage with the towing vessel industry.


Our work is guided by the Coast Guard's enduring core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. We are further guided by these three areas of emphasis:

  • People: Safety is our priority.

  • Excellence: Display professionalism and strive for perfection in everything we do. Pursue solutions that are innovative, effective, and safe. Seek to be forward thinking visionaries and apply our expertise in a holistic manner.

  • Partnerships: Draw on our rapport with all towing industry stakeholders, to continually expound mutually agreeable solutions with safety, security, and environmental protection paramount.