Taking Charge! Critical success factors for a captain of the port

The position of captain of the port entails far-reaching federal authorities—the power to control vessels, facilities, activities, and people on America’s navigable waterways in order to safeguard the marine transportation system. Therefore, captains of the port require certain leadership, knowledge, and decision-making skills to be effective. This article explores some critical factors that can foster their success. These factors include: relationship building; political acumen and awareness; being aware of the consequences of actions; and delegation of authority. Communication is paramount, allowing a captain of the port to assess situations from multiple perspectives before making a decision. A successful captain of the port leads both Coast Guard members and industry partners to ensure the safety and security of the port.


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  • Accession Number: 01686103
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 6 2018 11:39AM