National Mariners Association
Captain Joseph Dady, President
14961 Masthead Landing Circle
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Captain Richard A. Block, Historian

Information Links & Info



Federal Level

United States Coast Guard (USCG)

USCG 8th District

USCG National Maritime Center

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)

U.S National Weather Service (NWSNOAA)


State Level

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources


Unions, Associations

The Master of Towing Vessels Association (MTVA) Forum

United Marine Division, International Longshoreman’s Association, Local 333

I Shove Barges (good information source for the mariner)



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