From War to Peace: How the Merchant Marine Council transitioned from an emergency wartime board to a permanent advisory body

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Council (MSSC) was founded as the Merchant Marine Council (MMC) in 1942. Though its mission - to offer advice on the security and safety of the United States' seamen, ships, and environment to the Coast Guard Commandant - has not changed much since its founding, specific areas and issues of regulation are now in the forefront. This article provides a peak into the history of the organization, and a look at the changes over time that have occurred. Topic headings include: The Inspection and Navigation Regulations Board; World War II Brings Changes; The Merchant Marine Council; Transitioning to a Postwar Council; The Postwar Merchant Marine Council; Focus on Safety; The 1950s and 1960s Bring New Technology and Innovation; the 1970s and 1980s; and Homeland Security.


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  • Accession Number: 01493496
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 2013 4:14PM