Issues & Advocacy

Federal Authority Over Vessel Operations

To move critical cargo in interstate and international commerce safely and efficiently, the maritime industry needs strong, consistent safety and environmental standards established by one engaged and experienced federal agency, the U.S. Coast Guard. Subjecting vessel operators to duplicative or conflicting federal and state standards creates confusion, adds  inefficiency, and increases costs to shippers who rely on water transportation.

AWO continues to lead an international coalition of maritime organizations challenging the constitutionality of state legislation that undermines the Coast Guard’s authority over the regulation of vessel operations.