Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies

Burden, Need, and Impact

The Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies (CMSHS) promotes safety and health for all maritime workers, including those employed on vessels, at waterfront facilities working in and around vessels, and on shore directly supporting marine operations. Each of these unique work environments pose different challenges to ensuring worker safety and health. Some of these challenges are seen dockside at shipyards and marine terminals, while other hazards are unique to vessels operating in commercial fishing, freight transportation, and passenger service. Workers in marine industries are at higher risk for work-related fatalities, injuries, and illness. The CMSHS has identified seven maritime industries as research priority areas: shipyards, marine terminals and port operations, marine transportation, seafood processing, commercial fishing, aquaculture, and commercial diving.

man painting a boat

Shipyard workers are involved in the manufacture, repair, maintenance, and dismantling of boats and ships. The work involves activities such as…

truck entering a marine terminal

Marine terminals are the points of transfer for cargo loading and unloading as it is transferred from ships to rail and trucks…

image of a container vessel

Marine transportation workers perform various tasks while working on waterborne vessels that transport goods and people, or perform services…

workers processing seafood

Seafood processing involves preparing seafood for delivery to the consumer after it is harvested, including tasks such as eviscerating, freezing, canning…

commercial fisherman casting a hook

Commercial fishing involves the harvest of fish and other seafood from their natural habitats. These industries are dependent on a continued supply…

image of an aquapod

The aquaculture industry is engaged in the raising and production of plants or animals in either a controlled farm environment or selected aquatic…

commercial diver repairing a boat under water

Commercial divers perform a variety of tasks underwater, from maintenance and repair to scientific research. Some examples of commercial diving work…

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