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Waterborne Transport Group

The NSC Waterborne Transport Group (WTG), was established on Sept. 14, 1917, as the Marine Section of the National Safety Council. Its goal was, and continues to be, safer waterways. 

Formed following the tragic sinking of the Titanic, this group provides a forum to address vessel related safety issues and champions the mission of the National Safety Council – to save lives from the workplace to anyplace – through preventing injuries and maritime-related environmental and safety incidents on waterways around the world. This group’s objectives include:

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● Identification and dissemination of best practices to reduce occupational injuries, illnesses and marine incidents.
● Analyzing and communicating 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 mitigate 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.

The Waterborne Transport Group (WTG) is comprised of maritime safety professionals who meet twice annually for one and a half days with the support of the National Safety Council. The first day’s meeting includes guest and member presenters from the likes of USCG, NFPA, MARAD, NOAA, ABS and member companies representing active marine fleets and/or offshore entities. The second day consists of a round table discussion by fleet owners/operators’ safety professionals sharing lessons learned and best practices from the field. Companies represented include but are not limited to tankers, bulk carriers, tug & barge fleets, cruise ships, chemical carriers, passenger and supply vessels, assist and salvage, research vessels and offshore marine applications. These include U.S flagged fleet and foreign fleets, ocean-going and inland.

Regular participants include American Steamship Company, Crowley, SeaRiver, Shell, Keystone, OSG, Tote, BP, ConocoPhillips, CSL Ships, Royal Caribbean, Matson, Canal Barge, CKOR, Desgagnes, Vane Brothers, Arrow Marine, Sause Brothers, Liberty Marine, CKOR, Teekay, ABS, NOAA, Towboat US., MARAD, MSC, Canship, and Foss to name a few.

News and Announcements

Annual Benchmarking

Each spring, the Waterborne Transportation Group offers companies the opportunity to confidentially benchmark with others in their industry on safety and environmental incidents. Watch your email in January of each year for this opportunity. See where your organization is compared to others on Injury Facts with NSC benchmarking. Please email with questions regarding benchmarking. You can download and save a copy of the benchmarking data collection template. 

Stay up to date on industry safety notifications with the United States Coast Guard Safety Alerts and Advisories.

Maritime Resources

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National Safety Council Divisions

The mission of the National Safety Council is simple: to save lives, from the workplace to anyplace. Divisions are groups of NSC member employees organized to provide those with similar safety interests the ability to connect with others. 

The Divisions offer educational programs, resources and connection opportunities. With eight Divisions separated by industry or interest, there is a place for all member employees regardless of industry, organizational or safety program size, safety program maturity, or individual background or experience to add their voice to advance safety for all workers.   

Divisions work to advance safety best practices, build networks and bring expertise to the National Safety Council. Learn more about the Divisions at nsc.org/divisions.

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