In In 1993, Marine Safety Office Miami began administering the Passenger Vessel Control Verification Course out of local necessity. As the cruise industry grew, so did interest in this course. The office began to be considered a “center of excellence” for the USCG’s cruise ship safety program.
In 2008, the USCG’s Marine Safety Enhancement Plan memorialized the concept of “Centers of Expertise” whose attention would be focused on a particular facet of the marine industry. One of those seven Centers was to be established in Miami, focused on the Cruise Shipping Industry. Because of it’s existing foundation, the Cruise Ship COE was established first, in Sept 30, 2008 as a sub-unit of Sector Miami. The following summer, the full complement of Active Duty staff arrived and all but one of the 5 civilian positions were filled.
In September of 2009, all Centers of Expertise became detached units of USCG Headquarters, specifically the Office of Traveling Inspectors and National Centers of Expertise (CG-5P-TI). At that time, each became a National Center of Expertise.
The CSNCOE moved into it’s current offices in September 2010.