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Summary


The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is a subsidiary body of the Council. MSC, which consists of all Member States, is the highest technical body of the Organization. The functions of the Maritime Safety Committee are to "consider any matter within the scope of the Organization concerned with aids to navigation, construction and equipment of vessels, manning from a safety standpoint, rules for the prevention of collisions, handling of dangerous cargoes, maritime safety procedures and requirements, hydrographic information, log-books and navigational records, marine casualty investigations, salvage and rescue and any other matters directly affecting maritime safety".

The Committee is also required to provide machinery for performing any duties assigned to it by the IMO Convention or any duty within its cope of work which may be assigned to it by or under any international instrument and accepted by the Organization. It also has the responsibility for considering and submitting recommendations and guidelines on safety for possible adoption by the Assembly.

Additional details regarding the Maritime Safety Committee can be found in the Rules of Procedure of the Committee

The United States is represented on the MSC by the Coast Guard. The Head of Delegation for MSC is the Coast Guard's Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security, and Stewardship, RDML Paul Thomas. RDML Thomas is supported by the Alternate Head of Delegation, Mr. Jeff Lantz, and the various delegation advisors.

Next Session: 95th Session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 95)



IMO Meeting

Provisional Agenda - TBD A summary of the items to be considered
Meeting Date: June 3-12, 2015
Meeting Location: IMO Headquarters, London, England

U.S. Public Meeting

The U.S. delegation holds a public meeting several weeks prior to departing for the IMO meeting. The purpose of the public meeting is to provide an opportunity for the public to interface with the Coast Guard on the U.S. position for each agenda item. Members of the public interested in attending must contact the meeting coordinator at least 7 days prior to the meeting. The basic meeting details are below however, additional details can be provided by contacting the meeting coordinator.
Meeting Date: TBD, 2015
Meeting Location: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
USCG HQ's Visitor's Entrance
Washington, DC 20593
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Meeting Coordinator: LCDR Matt Frazee

Previous Sessions


At the end of each MSC meeting, a final report is prepared for submission to the Council. The final report provides a record of the issues discussed and actions taken by the Committee. The final reports of the most recent MSC meetings are provided for your reference.

Additional Documentation


Additional MSC meeting documents can be made available by the Coast Guard for U.S. citizens only. Please contact LCDR Matt Frazee if you would like to obtain additional MSC documents.

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