Marine Safety Leaders

photo of rear admiral timeRear Adm. Richard Timme

Rear Admiral Richard Timme assumed the duties as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy in June of 2019. In this capacity, he leads development of national policy, standards, and programs to promote Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Stewardship. He oversees three Directorates: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The programs under his leadership include waterways management, navigation and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control…


Portrait of Jeff Lantz

Jeff Lantz

Jeff Lantz is Director, Commercial Regulations and Standards for the CoastGuard’s Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship. His responsibilities include the development of U.S. national maritime safety and environmental protection regulations and policies and overseeing U.S. initiatives in the development of international maritime safety, security and environmental protection standards…


Capt. Dave Barata

Capt. Dave Barata assumed the duties as Director, Inspections & Compliance at Coast Guard Headquarters in July 2019. In this position, he develops and maintains policy, standards, and program alignment for all prevention activities associated to the safe operation of vessels and facilities. This Directorate manages policy development for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, recreational boating safety, foreign and domestic commercial vessels compliance inspections, ports and facilities safety and security, as well as vessel documentation and marine casualty investigation…


Portrait of Mike Emerson

Mike Emerson

Mike Emerson serves as the Director of the Marine Transportation Systems at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.  This directorate is responsible for a wide variety of navigation safety and security functions including Waterways Management, Aids to Navigation, Domestic and Polar Ice Operations, Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning and Bridge and Arctic Programs…