Maritime Safety and Protection

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There are a number of federal programs developed by the U.S. government in order to promote maritime safety and protection.  One such program has been established by the U.S. Coast Guard, which is called “America’s Waterway Watch.”  This program is designed to educate the general public about suspicious activity in the nation’s waterways that might be indicators of threats to American national security.  Pursuant to this program, the U.S. Coast Guard asks people who live, work, and frequent American waterfronts to be cautious about potentially suspicious activities, such as people engaged in surveillance, unattended vessels in unusual locations, transferring people and/or materials from vessel to vessel, and the other types of unusual activities for the area. 

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The U.S. Coast Guard maintains a national response hotline so as to allow the public to report any suspicious activities for investigation.  Another maritime health and safety program has been developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Maritime Safety Association.  These two agencies have created a formal alliance so as to provide people in the marine cargo handling industry with information and guidance designed to protect the health and safety of all employees.  This Alliance was established in 2006, and renewed in 2008, and has resulted in numerous trainings and educational opportunities for those in this industry regarding health and safety standards.  Furthermore, OSHA has developed a similar alliance with the Shipbuilders Council of America, again designed specifically to address safety and health concerns with employees in the shipbuilding industry.

 

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