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Membership and Participation

The NCM HSC strives to work by consensus. All members are encouraged to participate and to bring issues to the meetings for discussion.  The Managing Board and Regional Safety Committees should continuously promote and advocate for broad spectrum participation in this forum.  Membership is intended to include all interested representatives of waterway user groups, other interested members of the public who may wish to participate, and representatives from the following specific groups:

  • Vessel Owners and Operators
  • Harbor Tug Company
  • Commercial Fishing Association
  • Barge Operating Company, or AWO/TWO Rep.
  • Pilots and Pilot Associations
  • Shipping Agents
  • Stevedores
  • Terminal Operators
  • Chemical/Oil Facilities
  • LNG Terminals
  • Bulk Terminals
  • Shipyards
  • Port Authorities; MASS Port
  • Industry Associations
  • Commercial Fishing Industry Associations
  • State and Local government agencies
  • State Marine Board
  • Harbor Masters
  • DEP
  • Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Community Chamber of Commerce
  • Emergency Mgmt
  • County Sheriff’s Office
  • Federal government agency representatives including:
  • U.S. Coast Guard (COTP)
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Park Service
  • Citizens Groups
  • Waterfront Developers
  • Recreational Waterway Users
  • Power Squadrons
  • Boaters
  • Rowing Clubs
  • Yacht Racing Associations
  • Environmental Response Organizations
  • Members of the General Public


A Chairman is assigned for the Managing Board, each Regional Safety Committee, and any sub-committee.  In some cases, particularly for any standing sub-committees, the Regional Safety Committee may determine that more than one Chairman is needed and a Co-Chairman arrangement is accommodated. 

In general the Sub-Committee’s Chair/Co-Chair’s duties include:

  • Run the meetings in accordance with the requirements of the Charter.

  • Foster a fully representative membership as envisioned in the Charter.

  • For Regional Committee and Sub-Committee Chairman; ensure strategic goals to which the Regional Committee/Sub-Committee are assigned are resolved in an appropriate and timely manner, to the satisfaction of the membership.

  • For Regional Committee Chairman; report status of Committee during the Managing Board meetings. For Sub-Committee Chairman, report status of Committee during the Regional Committee meetings.

USCG Advisor

In all meetings USCG Sector Boston will have an Advisor to assist the Chairman and brief out any USCG issues.  The Advisor will be a non-voting ex officio member and may not hold elected positions on the committee.  Although non-voting, the Advisor’s input and recommendations are a necessary voice. 

Executive Secretary

The Executive Secretary is a but non-voting member on the Managing Board who provides administrative support to the NCM HSC.  The Executive Secretary is responsible for providing administrative support for all meetings including the following: 

  • Ensure meeting details are made available to the membership and general maritime public two weeks prior to meeting date.

  • Draft and disseminate agenda at least one week prior to meeting date.

  • Manage record and publish meeting minutes within one week of the meeting.

  • Maintain membership listing

  • Distribute any announcements and manage the content on the NCM HSC web page.