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Rear Admiral Robert C. North retired from active duty with the U. S. Coast Guard on 30 April 2001. He is presently serving as the President of North Star Maritime, Inc., a marine industry consulting firm, specializing in international and domestic maritime safety, security and environmental protection regulatory compliance. In this capacity, he works with a range of maritime industry clients and attends meetings of the International Maritime Organization. His U.S. Coast Guard career spanned nearly 35 years and culminated with service as the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection where he directed national and international programs for commercial vessel safety, merchant mariner licensing and documentation, port safety and security and waterways management. In that capacity, he led U. S. Delegations to the International Maritime Organization and also served as a member of the American Bureau of Shipping Classification and Technical Committees, the Det Norske Veritas North American Committee, the Lloyds Register General Committee, and the Sealift Committee of the National Defense Transportation Association. He is a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Rear Admiral North is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers; the Propeller Club, Port of Washington, DC; and the Board of Trustees of the Seaman’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey.