WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) announced its next generation Coastal Interceptor Vessel (CIV) was recently named as one of WorkBoat Magazine’s Significant Boats of 2016.
Each year, WorkBoat unveils its ten Significant Boats and selects one as the Boat of the Year. The vessel’s owner, builder, and designer will be honored at the upcoming International WorkBoat Show to be held Dec. 1 in New Orleans.
“This is a remarkable honor and a symbol of our dedication and commitment to design and deploy a vessel that meets the needs of our agents,” said Randolph D. Alles, Executive Assistant Commissioner for AMO.
The CIV was manufactured by SAFE Boats International, and will be operated by Marine Interdiction Agents in coastal waters to combat maritime smuggling and defend the waterways along our nation’s borders from acts of terrorism. The vessel will provide agents with additional speed and maneuverability, and improve comfort and safety. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art marine navigational suite.
The history of AMO’s marine program dates back to 1789 when the United States established the U.S. Customs Service and deployed a fleet of vessels to patrol U.S. coastal waters and prevent the smuggling of contraband. AMO’s newest CIV, the Alexandria, is named after one of the early Department of Treasury collectorships. Today, AMO has approximately 1,660 federal employees, including 1,200 federal agents, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
To learn more about how AMO secures the maritime border, please check out this video.