Meet the Commanding Officer


Captain Scott J. Kelly

Commanding Officer

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center

Captain Scott Kelly serves as the Coast Guard’s lead technical authority for commercial regulation and promotes maritime safety and environmental protection through the engineering review and approval…read more



          U.S. COAST GUARD


               WASHINGTON, D.C


Marine Safety Center Activities


Engineering Division

October 2014: Marine Safety Center engineers provide technical support aboard a tank ship in the Gulf of Mexico while the vessel’s crew conducts dynamic positioning automation testing. Photos by LT Linsey Grainger

Hull Division

Members of the Small Vessel Branch assist a field unit with a Simplified Stability Test.

Tank Vessel & Offshore Division

March 2017: A Marine Safety Center engineer attends a floating offshore installation providing on-site technical support during the vessel’s inclining experiment. Photo by MSSE4 Steve Olivares

Salvage Engineering Response Team

LT Dan Burke surveys a drill ship, grounded in the Port Aransas, Texas shipping channel after breaking free of its mooring during Hurricane Harvey. Photo by LTJG Glenn Hargrave.

Tonnage Division

A Tonnage Division staff engineer obtains dimensions for the initial the tonnage assignment for U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender. Photo by Mr. David Karnes

Vessel Security Division

A vessel security staff member reviews electronically submitted vessel security plans for compliance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act at the Marine Safety Center in Washington D.C. Photo by LT Cameron Cooper

About the Marine Safety Center

The Marine Safety Center (MSC) supports the people and objectives of the Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection programs through the verification of compliance with technical standards for the design, construction, alteration and repair of commercial vessels. The MSC is an independent Headquarters command that was established in 1986 by consolidating the Coast Guard Merchant Marine Technical offices located in New York, New Orleans, Cleveland and San Francisco. The MSC's primary mission is the review and approval of plans for the design, construction, alteration and repair of U.S. and foreign flag commercial vessels subject to the U.S. laws, regulations and international standards. The MSC has a current complement of 32 Officers, 31 Civilians, and 5 Contract Employees.

Additional information is available on our Homeport site.

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Last Modified: 10/26/2017