Vessel Design and Operations
The Office of Safety establishes and maintains active collaboration with government/private sector groups engaged in developing best management practices related to maritime safety and safety compliance in areas such as vessel stability and structural soundness, engineering safety and maintenance, ship recycling, operational human factors, navigational safety and shipyard and marine terminal safety. Office staff participates in and contributes to the:
- SSC is an interagency research and development committee for safer ships.
- SOCP is an industry-government initiative that addresses and promotes commercial operations through the identification, development, and application of new methods, procedures, and technologies.
- A series of committees under the US Coast Guard addressing safety issues ranging from commercial fishery vessels to merchant mariner medical issues.
- HFCC is a multi-modal team that enhances awareness, understanding and application of human factors in transportation.
- NSF coordinates with the Maritime Administration on arctic and global warming activities.
- SNAME advances the art, science, and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering through exchanging and recording information, sponsoring applied research, offering career guidance, supporting education, and enhancing the professional status and integrity of its membership.
- International Maritime Organization’s Casualty Working Group under the sub-committee on Flag State Implementation.