The engineering department is the backbone of the coast guard this department is divided into three (3) sub sections, Administration, Electrical and Mechanical.
1. Administrative section: this section is headed by an engineering officer assisted by the chief engineer of the coast guard, this department deals with the management of all the coast guard’s seagoing assets.
2. Electrical section: this section is headed by the highest ranking Electronics Technician None Commissioned Officer (NCO), all electrical matters included those of the seagoing assets and the base it-self are dealt with by this group of professional tech experts.
3. Mechanical section: this section is also headed by the highest ranking Machinery Technician (NCO), all mechanical matters are handled by this section which includes the maintenance and repairs of all coast guard’s vehicles and seagoing assets.
The operations department is charged with many responsibilities which include the following:
1. Creating data base of all locally registered vessels
2. Creating patrol rosters for routine and special operation
3. Intelligence gathering
4. Record keeping
5. Updates to the Regional Security System headquarters (RSS) on vessel status and operations conducted within a specific period.
6. Processing of search and rescue (SAR) cases
7. Liaising with regional maritime law enforcement agencies.
8. Coordinating joint operations between coast guard and other agencies.
The training department of the Coast Guard is responsible for the training of persons who are a part of the unit in different aspects of the job, so as to qualify them to operate at the highest standards set forth by the unit. The training department is one of backbone departments of the coast guard which enhances persons in the unit in being better trained and qualified in carrying
out there various task and operations at the coast guard. Even though all persons in the unit are given the opportunity to conduct training overseas in the United States and at the Regional Security System Training Institute (RSSTI), they are still required to undergo training locally in order to certify them to operate at St Kitts Nevis Coast Guard standard.
Below is a list of training provided by the coast guard’s training department.
- Basic Seamanship course
- Basic and Advanced Engineering
- Junior and Senior Rates Leadership
- Boarding Team member course
- Boarding Officers course
- Advance Boarding Officers course
- Vessel Rummage course
- Instructors Development course
- Basic and Advance Navigation course
- Basic and Advance Coxswain course
- Maritime Law Enforcement course
- Swimming and Survival Techniques course
All Participants training are presented with a certificate of completion that not only qualifies them at the St Kitts Nevis Coast Guard level; but also in the RSS. The development of personnel in the unit has always been the number one priority for the coast guard.
CG LOGISTICS & STORES DEPARTMENT
The Coast Guard Logistics Stores is the business managers, the accountants, bookkeepers, the big money spenders, and the jack of all trade for the entire guard. The Logistics Department is responsible for the requisition and acquisition of all tools, equipment, gears, fuel and supplies for the Coast Guard. One might even say that the purchasing of new vessels and or ship to weapons and ammunition comes through Logistics.
With all that said with all that spending someone has to now come and keep track of it all. And yes you guessed it; the Logistics Personnel are in charge of such a task. Basically the logging starts from the moment an item is bought to the moment it becomes useless or damaged. Logging starts with Purchase Requisitions or the P.R for these one will receive a Purchase Order or what we would normally call a P.O. Having the corresponding P.R for the P.O is part of the logging and keeping track of items and monies spent. The P.O is when the fun starts and you get to go and shop.
Now the items have been bought all items corresponding with the P.O are to be recorded. Yes the Logistics do lots of recording. Recording helps give an accountability for all items that comes into the Stores. Logistics clerk are expected to be well rounded with the terms used by the different departments in the Coast Guard. After all the recording is done it is time to take care of
majority of the items and tools. When day to day items and or tools are issued the clerk is to be expected to ensure the items are brought back on time, is in working order and if not then logged appropriately.
The many and duties of the deck department are probably the most important and interesting aboard any merchant ship .upon those who spend their working hours topside falls a burden that ranges from chipping and scaling paint to the actual navigation of the vessel. This department is the workhorse of the coast guard and every member has a deck/seamanship back ground. This is where it all starts for any member of the coast guard.
Many ships differ in size and complement, the average ship that sail the seas today have many rates and ranks, starting at the bottom is the ordinary seaman who may be called upon to stand a lookout, to scale and chip paint, to paint, handle lines for mooring of the ship, which includes docking and undocking evolutions.
The ordinary seaman also assists in the handling and operation of all deck gear such as topping, cradling and housing of booms and he may also be asked to aid the carpenter in repair work, it’s likely that the ordinary seaman may be allowed to act as helmsman, to read the draft markings or to act as cargo watch in the loading and unloading of cargo.
The able seaman (AB), by law, must be able to perform any deck duties aside, from the actual navigation of the vessel. In general his duties include the ability to splice wire or fiber line to work aloft and over the side of the ship, operate the deck machinery such as the windlass or winches, paint and mix paint, know the principles of cargo stowage, being a good wheels man and competent lookout, overhaul or install any running or standing rigging on the ship and be able to stew, repair and mend canvas. The AB must be a competent and certified life boatman able to handle a lifeboat under oars or sail, and assume the duties of the coxswain.