About a seafarer's guide

We hope this is a helpful general guide for you and your shipmates to protect the environment while promoting a safe and efficient workplace. Remember, the actions of you and your fellow crew members can have a lasting impact—it’s critical that communication on board is clear and constant.

To contact the Center for Seafarers’ Rights, please email us at [email protected] or call +1 973-589-5828. –Douglas B. Stevenson, Director

These materials produced in cooperation with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

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This offers a general guide to some of the United States’ environmental laws that cover your and your fellow crew members’ actions while working aboard a vessel. The Center for Seafarers’ Rights at the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) publishes this and other materials on environmental issues to equip you with information on your rights while employed and to help you inform other seafarers. We encourage questions, comments and suggestions from readers.

Some provisions of these laws may have changed since publication. The following summary of portions of U.S. laws and regulations does not replace either the full text of the laws or the advice of qualified counsel.

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