12/15/2017: Coast Guard remarks at the 12th Annual Patuxent Defense Forum, “Maritime Challenges Across the Arctic”

The one-day event brought together Arctic stakeholders from across government, academia, and industry to discuss a broad array of topics: U.S. Arctic defense strategy, international frameworks for cooperation, climate change, responsible resource extraction, energy development, tourism, territorial claims and defense issues.


12/1/2017: Summary of keynote address at 11th Annual Arctic Shipping Summit

Keynote speaker Mr. Mike Emerson, director of Marine Transportation Systems for the Coast Guard, discussed some of the issues associated with Arctic operations, such as limited infrastructure and the harsh environment, and how regulations and technical advancements will impact commercial waterways management.


6/26/2017: Recap of Coast Guard remarks during Arctic Circle Forum event at Wilson Center

Submitted by Michael Emerson, director of Marine Transportation Systems (CG-5PW) On the summer solstice, June 21, 2017, the Wilson Center convened the Arctic Circle Forum event in Washington, D.C., titled “The United States and Russia in the Arctic.” This event […]


7/28/2015: IMO Polar Code background and update from Arctic symposium

Read a summary of remarks from a Coast Guard Polar Code expert at a recent symposium. Highlights include the Polar Code boundary, standards for ice strengthening, Polar Water Operations Manual, challenges in polar waters and Arctic marine casualties.


7/20/2015: Commandant talks about Coast Guard involvement in Arctic operations

Adm. Paul Zukunft talks about maritime operations in the Arctic, updates on the Coast Guard mission there and the challenges ahead regarding operations in polar waters.


6/19/2014: Panel discussion on the 2015 Arctic Council

The Assistant Commandant for Prevention participated in a panel discussion that focused on input from industry and academia in advance of the change in chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.


6/18/2014: Coast Guard outlines 2014 Arctic priorities

Today, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger presented the service’s 2014 Arctic priorities in support of the Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy.