COVID-19 Working Group

On March 23, 2022, at the request of the CMTS COVID-19 Working Group, the Coordinating Board approved standing down the C19 WG. The work of the WG will be maintained on this website and many of the documents will be permanently available at the National Transportation Library at Go to the dedicated CMTS collection button. A number of important issues that were started under C19WG, will be continued under a new Mariner and MTS Workforce Integrated Action Team (Workforce IAT). These include mariner mental health; recruitment and retention; DEI; and military to mariner. Please check back as we build a new page for the Workforce IAT.

COVID-19 Working Group
COVID-19 Working Group


The COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) serves as the CMTS forum for facilitating high-level interagency discussion, communication, and actions in support of the MTS under and after COVID-19.

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MTS stakeholders are welcome to submit their recommendations and questions to the Covid-19 Working Group at


Enhanced interagency discussion and communication regarding the impact on the MTS will ensure that Federal MTS partners are providing the best and most effective support to the MTS under and after the pandemic

Working Team Leads

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Maritime Administration

Participating Agencies

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • U.S. Department of State (DOS)
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary (OST)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  • U.S. Transportation Command (USTC)

Areas of Focus

  • Navigable Waterways
  • Physical and Information Infrastructure
  • Vessel Operations and Response Services
  • The Human Element and U.S. Arctic Communities
  • Facilitate interagency communications and stakeholder engagement
  • Review federal policies, regulatory practices and guidance impacting safe, effective and efficient operation of the MTS under and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Review and provide comments on MTS industry developed COVID-19 Best Practices and Resources.
  • Share and improve resources for addressing U.S. merchant mariner mental health and safety.
  • Assess MTS performance under and after COVID-19 pandemic and develop lessons learned.

Activity and Milestones

Reports and Resources

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