The New York City Coast Guard Works Harder Every Night Than You Do All Week Read

this-team-member-is-gauging-the-highest-point-our-boat-will-rise-knowing-where-the-deck-will-be-and-meeting-it-gently-is-key-to-getting-back-aboard-unharmedThe “Deadliest Catch” fishermen have got nothing on New York City’s Coast Guard unit, Sector New York.

 We embedded with the unit on a routine nighttime stop and search mission to intercept two ships coming into New York harbor. The conditions were tough, and they conduct these missions year-round through any kind of weather and in the heat of day or dead of night.

They do it 12 miles out in the Atlantic ocean where American waters begin, the wind charges in from the north, and if things go wrong, there’s no one to call for help until it’s too late.

The boarding team we’re with is made up of six Coast Guardsmen ranging from their early 20s to mid-30s. The three-man crew in the 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB) is no older. Regardless of age or responsibility, none of them complain and they all work equally hard in the harsh conditions.

This was a difficult assignment for us and we were only taking photographs. Click on the link below to follow these Coast Guardsmen through the night and into morning as they search two ships — the Isola Corallo and the CMG Amber — off the coast of New York.

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How The US Coast Guard Uses Game Theory To Protect New York City

the-coast-guard-cant-be-in-all-places-at-one-timeFrom a small room in a Pakistan house, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) was shaken to its core in 2011.
Within the data seized from Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound was the al Qaeda plan to blow up oil tankers in U.S. waters to create an “extreme economic crisis.”

Protecting tankers at home is part of what the USCG does, and faced with a fixed amount of resources and a growing threat, it got innovative.

The USCG looked to game theorists — mathematicians who specialize in a unique brand of numerical models — to help them do more with less resources.

The result was the Port Resilience Operational / Tactical Enforcement to Combat Terrorism (PROTECT) Model. PROTECT is the real reason millions of New Yorkers feel safe riding the Staten Island Ferry each year, and ship captains and crews traveling through feel secure.

It is why cruise line passengers never have to worry about their ship going down in a fiery wad of metal and overpriced booze, the target of a terrorist strike no one saw coming.

We spent the day with Coast Guard Sector New York as they patrolled the ferries, ships, and the sensitive infrastructure around the city of New York to understand just how it all works.

This is what we saw.

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