The Coast Guard needs to be relieved of oversight duty of the US Merchant Marine. They need to relieved by a civilian agency operated by people who actually know and understand the US Merchant Marine Industry.
The Coast Guard is very good at most of their assigned task. For search and rescue, drug and immigration interdiction, and Aids to Navigation Administration, who else would you count on today? The Coast Guard performs these task everyday, the people performing these duties are trained experts. However, commercial marine shipping, commercial marine towing, and the other specialized task of various civilian vessels, are the daily task of Merchant Mariners. We are the experts. The Coast Guard does not perform any of these task on a routine basis.
Airlines and air crews are regulated by the civilian agency FAA, not the US Air Force. The mariners who earn their living providing the vital functions of the US Merchant Marine to our country deserve no less. We deserve administration by an agency that is knowledgeable of our industry and directly accountable to the people that are regulated. Let the Coast Guard do what they do best and relieve them of the burden of civilian administration.