Buddy Custard

Capt. Norman "Buddy" Custard (USCG, ret'd.) is the president and CEO of the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network. He possesses extensive knowledge and expertise in maritime operations, including 30 years of service with the U.S. Coast Guard and experience as an executive for an oil firm operating on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.

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Op-Ed: Time for Congress to Act on Arctic Maritime Safety

By Buddy Custard 2019-09-20 15:06:36

The Arctic remains one of the most amazing regions of the world, with diverse wildlife, ecosystems, and weather patterns. But the Arctic Is changing: after a summer of record temperatures and record-low sea ice, many are now realizing the Arctic will continue to play a significant role in maritime transportation in the years to come. At the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network, we’ve seen these evolving changes first-hand as we assist vessel owners with maintaining compliance with federal maritime...

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The Arctic is America's Next Maritime Frontier

By Buddy Custard 2019-05-21 16:25:51

Two centuries ago, the SS Savannah made history as the first steamship to transit the Atlantic. At just 98 feet long and with a single, 90-horsepower engine, the vessel departed Savannah, Georgia on May 22, 1819 and arrived at Liverpool, England nearly a month later. Her maiden voyage – without cargo or paying passengers due to fears about this new means of ocean propulsion – opened a new chapter in maritime history. Appropriately, when Congress established National Maritime Day in...

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