JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 • FOGHORN 37 SAFETYMATTERS By Eric Christensen, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management T here is a universal truth that communication is key to a suc- cessful relationship. The ability to effectively communicate with one’s regulator, and vice versa, can reduce confusion and misunderstandings that often leads to frustration and needless drama. When interacting with the U.S. Coast Guard, you must understand that the world they work in is littered with acronyms. Often, the way they talk to each other bleeds into discus- sions with the public. Consider the following statement: “We will leverage our stakeholders in the AMSC and HSC as well as our DHS and local LE partners to ensure the PAWSA results in a clear path forward consistent with COTP desires and MCSO lines of effort to maximize MTS efficiency.” That’s good, right? Following the PVA Region Meetings held across the country and numerous opportunities to interact with the Coast Guard, I had a member approach me and say they sometimes had trouble understanding what the Coast Guard presenter was talking about. To help members navigate the world of Coast Guard speak, I offer the following non-exhaustive list of common acronyms defined. Where ap- propriate, I have also included clarify- ing language for the definition. Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Coast Guard Speak