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Marine Safety Unit Portland
US Coast Guard
6767 N. Basin Ave.
Portland, OR 97217-3992
Tel: (503) 240-9310

MSU Portland Commanding Officer

Captain Patrick A. Ropp

CAPT†††† Captain Ropp hails from Marysville, Michigan.† He is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Upon receiving his commission, he was assigned to the USCGC THETIS (WMEC-910), where he served as an engineer,† Damage Control Assistant, and qualified as both†††† Engineer and & Deck Watch Officer.

†††† After completing several deployments throughout the Caribbean, Captain Ropp turned to the Marine Safety field, and was assigned to Marine Safety Office Puget Sound, in Seattle, Washington.† After a successful training tour, he was assigned to Marine Safety Office Cleveland, Ohio as Chief of Vessel Inspections and Investigations Department, where he inspected bulk cargo ships (i.e.ďlakersĒ), barges and passenger vessels.

†††† In 1998, Captain Ropp entered the Coast Guardís Reserve Officer Corps and drilled at Marine Safety Office Detroit, Michigan. When not drilling, he worked as a technical advisor, product steward and wood and composite instructor for Gougeon Brothers, Inc., in Bay City, Michigan, working with WEST System and PRO-SET Brand epoxies for marine, aviation and other uses.† In response to the terrorist attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001, Captain Ropp returned to full time Coast Guard duty and reported to Headquarters as a program manager in the Domestic Vessel Compliance Branch.†

†††† After his short stint at Headquarters, he filled a critical billet at Marine Safety Office Morgan City, Louisiana, regulating the nationís largest domestic fleet of responsibility in support of the oil and gas industry.† In 2005, Captain Ropp was selected to attend Michigan State University, where he received a Masterís of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Composites nexus. Following his graduate studies, he was assigned back to Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, as Chief of the Prevention Department.† In 2009, he fleeted up to the Executive Officer position, which also included alternate Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection (OCMI), Captain of the Port (COTP) and Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC) duties.† He was acting Commanding Officer when the drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded and set into motion the nationís largest oil spill and most complex response. As the initial FOSC, he planned pollution response efforts and arranged interviews with rig survivors that initiated a comprehensive marine casualty investigation.†

†††† In 2010, Captain Ropp was assigned to the Seventeenth Coast Guard District Prevention Division in Juneau, Alaska as the Chief of the Inspections and Investigations Branch (D17(dpi)).† During his tour in Alaska, he organized the nationís largest ever non-emergent, relief and prevention outreach effort in remote Alaska, scheduling over 55 tribal engagements in 26 villages throughout the North Slope and Western Alaska, setting the bar for future Arctic prevention engagements and outreach efforts.†

†††† Captain Roppís military decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, a Coast Guard Commendation Medal, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals and several other awards.†



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