The Marine Section was established during the National Safety Council's Annual Congress in New York City on September 14, 1917 and has been striving for safer waterways since. Formed following the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and a few short months after the United States entered into World War I, the Marine Section has continued to provide a forum to address issues that impact safety in the marine industry.
As a part of the National Safety Council
and the Business & Industry Division
, the mission of the Marine Section is to prevent injuries and maritime related incidents through improvements in safety, health and environmental compliance. The Marine Section's objectives include:
- Identification and dissemination of best practices to reduce occupational injuries, illnesses and marine incidents.
- Analyzing and communicating latent conditions in the workplace that could contribute to an incident and identifying solutions to overcome such conditions.
- Assisting in the understanding of and compliance with regulatory requirements governing marine industries.
- Evaluating new safe work practices and engineering controls that can be used or incorporated within the marine industry to assist in mitigating risk.
- Identifying factors that affect the safety and well-being of employees.
Engaging in activities with related organizations in the mutual exchange of information and ideas to further safe operations in the marine industry.
General Chairman: John Doran, OSG Ship Management Inc.
Chairman: Vance L. Webb, ConocoPhillips
The 2013 spring Waterborne Transport Group meeting was held on April 17-18, 2013 at the American Bureau of Shipping headquarters in Houston, TX.
The 2013 award applications are now available: