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. 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. Earlier service included shipboard duty and numerous assignments to marine safety, security and environmental protection field units involving vessel inspection and port safety and security duties. Command assignments included service as Captain of the Port of New York; Commander, Group New York; and, after selection to flag rank, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District and Commander Second Coast Guard District. He is a graduate of the 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 a Trustee of the Seaman’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey.