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Welcome to the Waterborne Transport Group

As part of the National Safety Council and Business & Industry Division, the Marine Section was established during the National Safety Council Annual Congress in New York City on September 14, 1917 and has been striving for safer waterways ever since. 

Formed following the tragic sinking of the Titanic, the Marine Section has continued to provide a forum to address issues that impact safety in the marine industry.  The Waterborne Transport Group was formed as a vessel related subsidiary of the Marine Section and continues to champion the mission to prevent injuries and maritime related incidents through improvements in safety, and environmental compliance.  Our objectives include:

  1. Identification and dissemination of best practices to reduce occupational injuries, illnesses and marine incidents.

  2. Analyzing and communicating latent condition in the workplace that could contribute to an incident and identifying solutions to overcome such conditions.

  3. Assisting in the understanding of and compliance with regulatory requirements governing marine industries.

  4. Evaluating new safe work practices and engineering controls that can be used or incorporated within the marine industry to assist in mitigating risk. 

  5. Identifying factors that affect the safety and well being of employees.

  6. 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 1 ½ days under the auspices 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 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.

National Safety Council Divisions

The mission of the National Safety Council is simple: to end preventable deaths in our lifetime. Anyone who works for an NSC member company can make the most out of their organization’s membership by joining one or more of the National Safety Council’s eight industry/interest specific groups, called Divisions. By becoming a Division member, you will get involved with the most trusted source in safety and have the opportunity to lend your expertise to activities that impact NSC and its policies. Division members benefit from attending top-notch educational sessions, live webinars, and networking opportunities with peers within your industry. For more information on the variety of industry-specific Divisions offered by NSC and to join a Division, please visit NSC members can sign up to join more than one Division.

Next WTG Meeting

2022.  Location: TBD.

Where Great Minds Unite
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Waterborne Transport Group Committee

Michael Briner

American Steamship Company



Vice Chairman 

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