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Mr. Rajiv Khandpur

Chief, Office of Waterways and Ocean Policies
United States Coast Guard


Mr. Rajiv Khandpur is the Chief, Office of Waterways and Ocean Policy(CG-WWM). He has been in this position since March 2003 and is the principal coordinator for all CG policies related to marine transportation, waterways management, Great Lakes pilotage, polar and domestic ice operations, National Ice Center, and International Ice Patrol. Rajiv has over 36 years experience in the marine industry having graduated from a maritime academy in India in 1974 and from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1982. He also received an unlimited motor Chief Engineers license from The Department of Trade, United Kingdom in 1980.

He sailed as a merchant marine officer for over 7 years culminating his sea-going career as a chief engineer in 1981. At the CG he worked in Marine Safety programs as a program manager for life-saving equipment (lifeboats, rescue boats) and for foreign and domestic passenger vessel compliance. He has represented the CG at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) on various technical and management issues. He is the Chairman of SNAME Human Factors Panel 038 and the vice-chair for the TRB Task Force on Marine Safety and Human Factors.