Mr. Andrew Wood
Strategic Missions Planning Analyst
Andrew Wood joined the Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy in October 2013. Previously he served as an active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer, where he specialized in maritime safety and working with foreign coast guards to improve their capabilities.
He began his maritime safety career at Marine Safety Office Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington serving in the Port Operations, Investigations, and Inspections Departments. In 1995, he transferred to the newly re-established Activities Europe/Marine Inspection Office Europe in Rotterdam, The Netherlands conducting flag state inspections and investigations on vessels and oil rigs operating in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
After Europe, he worked at the Prevention Department at Marine Safety Office in Portland, Maine, where he conducted investigations and inspections on a broad range of vessels from crude oil carriers and ferry vessels to +100 year old sailing schooners.
In the summer of 2001, he transferred to the Coast Guard’s International Training Division (ITD) in Yorktown, Virginia. This division exported Coast Guard training to assist foreign coast guard-like organizations. Here he led maritime needs assessments and developed training programs in support of U.S. foreign policy objectives. In 2005, he transferred to the staff of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. Here, he worked with graduate students from around the world as they earned their professional maritime post-graduate degrees. After two years in Sweden he was transferred to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco as the Chief, Prevention Department where he was responsible for the waterways management, vessel inspections, port safety, and marine casualty investigations missions for northern California.
In 2010, he was again sent overseas, this time to the IMO’s activity center in Curaçao, known as the Regional Marine Pollution Education and Information Training Center (RAC/REMPEITC). Here he served as the senior consultant for IMO working to improve oil spill response readiness in the Wider Caribbean. He also was the Regional Coordinator for IMO’s GloBallast Partnership Project, an international initiative to aid countries with ratification and implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention. After that two-year tour he reported to the Office of Investigations and Analysis at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He served as the Chief of the Compliance and Analysis Division, working with a small cadre of specialized analysts who published in-depth reports on marine casualty trends, which aided industry, and policy makers with improving maritime safety. He retired from active duty as a Commander in July 2013.