U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe
As Commanding Officer, Captain Barata serves as Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, ensuring U.S. commercial vessel and foreign cruise ship compliance with U.S. regulations and international conventions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, he oversees the International Port Security Program's efforts to meet the congressional mandate to assess anti-terrorism measures and verify implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code at ports in 83 countries.
Prior to his current assignment, he most recently served as the Deputy Director, Marine Transportation Systems (MTS) for the United States Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. The MTS Directorate is responsible for a wide variety of navigation safety and security functions including Waterways Management, Aids to Navigation, Domestic and Polar Ice Operations, Marine Planning, Bridge Permitting, and U.S. National Strategy and Coast Guard Arctic Strategy implementation.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, CAPT Barata was commissioned from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1993. His first assignment was aboard USCGC SENECA (WMEC 906) in Boston, MA, as a Deck Watch Officer and Law Enforcement Boarding Officer. CAPT Barata’s other operational assignments include Marine Inspector and Command Duty Officer at Marine Safety Office Miami, FL, as well as Assistant Chief, Inspections Division, Waterways Management Division Chief, and Port Safety and Security Department Head at Marine Safety Office Providence, RI. He also served as the plank owner Executive Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team Boston, MA, (MSST 91110), and as Prevention Department Head at Sector Jacksonville, FL, encompassing the strategic ports of Mayport, FL, Kings Bay, GA and Port Canaveral, FL.
CAPT Barata’s other staff assignments include Senior Marine Safety and Prevention Assignment Officer at the Coast Guard’s Personnel Command (CG PSC-opm-2) in Ballston, VA, and the Commandant’s Office of Budget and Programs (CG-821) at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this assignment, he served as the Acquisitions, Construction and Improvement (AC&I) Budget Coordinator and as a Program Reviewer.
CAPT Barata is a 1993 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management. He is a 2014 graduate of the Naval War College where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, and served as a Senior Military Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington D.C. from 2014-2015. CAPT Barata completed Port Safety Industry Training at the Port of Boston, MA, (MASSPORT) in 2003 including vessel, air and rail modes of the Marine Transportation System.