by Douglas B. Stevenson, Director, Center for Seafarers’ Rights
USCG Captain Linda L. Fagan visited the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) this week as part of her acclimatization to a new appointment as commander of Coast Guard Sector New York and Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey. After touring SCI Headquarters in Manhattan, Captain Fagan met with the Rev. David M. Rider and me to discuss current issues in the Port as well as the historical collaboration between the US Coast Guard and SCI.
Captain Fagan is responsible for all USCG activities in one of the largest port areas in the world where she oversees marine inspection, maritime safety, search and rescue, law enforcement, maritime security, and marine environmental protection. Before her posting in New York, Captain Fagan served the USCG in a number of high responsibility assignments—most recently as executive assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen. She is particularly knowledgeable about seafarers’ rights, having served on the United States delegation to the International Labour Organization that negotiated the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.
Captain Fagan told me, “Seamen’s Church brings tremendous value to seafarers every day and to the Coast Guard as well. I value our partnership and I am encouraged to hear that things are going well here in the Port....” We thank the Captain for the compliment and for our continuing collaboration with the Coast Guard to improve seafarers’ working and living conditions.