JOSEPH P. HIGGINS
Mr. Higgins brings a wealth of experience in the fields of maritime safety, security, emergency management and planning (both strategic and tactical) to NJ Resources, Inc. Exceptionally skilled in bringing together diverse interests and stakeholders to accomplish top quality results, he consistently demonstrates his analytical skills in solving extremely complex challenges and achieving optimal results/outcomes. He completed a 23+ year career with the Coast Guard, spanning a diverse geographic range of experience (Alaska, Great Lakes/St Lawrence Seaway, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Midwest/Western Rivers, Boston/New England, and the US borders with Canada and Mexico). His broad, yet extensive, focus areas includes a wide range of Leadership, Incident Management, Planning, and Training positions and opportunities.
Mr. Higgins demonstrated exceptional emergency response/incident management/ICS experience and ability in key positions on the following incidents: Deepwater Horizon [USCG District 8 Incident Management Team, Planning Section Chief for Unified Area Command, principle Federal On-Scene Coordinator field representative in Jefferson Parish/Grand Isle, Chair, Lead coordinator of the Operational Science Advisory Team (OSAT)], Katrina [senior CG rep to the Governor of Mississippi, oversight of all Maritime issues], Grounding/spills: M/V KUROSHIMA, M/V CITRUS, M/V MILOS REEFER, Cleveland Public Power Spill, M/V JUNO grounding St Lawrence Seaway. CG leadership roles included Deputy Sector Commander (FMSC/COTP/FOSC) Buffalo, NY and the Lead Operational Planner for all CG Operations in District 8 (Midwest/Western Rivers, Gulf of Mexico, US Borders with Canada and Mexico). He holds a BS degree in Marine Science and a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs/Environmental Management.