CSA bridges international and United States policy and decision making to all sectors of the maritime and shipping industry, providing hands-on access and solutions.

CSA Partners



CSA envisions an integrated maritime sector with coordination and cooperation between regulators & industry.

CSA represents U.S. based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tank, container, dry bulk vessels, roll-on/roll-off or special purpose vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades and companies that maintain a commercial interest in the operation of such oceangoing vessels.

Current members include companies that own or operate U.S. flag or foreign-flag vessels. Click here to see current members.


Our vision is to be recognized as a primary organization representing, owners, operators, and charterers of U.S. and foreign flag vessels, before U.S. and international entities.


Our mission is to represent members’ interests regarding U.S. and International legislative, regulatory, and administrative entities.


Our strategy primarily uses education, engagement, collaboration, and alignment. We act as a professional organization to engage with other industry associations.

CSA Member Strategy Implementation

Representing Clients

CSA will represent and aggressively pursue the members’ interests before US & International regulatory, legislative & administrative entities. These entities include:

  • The U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Customs and Border Protection
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • White House
  • National Security Council
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Department of State
  • Department of Justice
  • International Maritime Organization
  • International Labor Organization
  • Individual States
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury

We aggressively pursue the members’ interests on legislative, regulatory and administrative matters and provide opportunities to positively promote the industry to partners, customers, regulatory bodies and stakeholders to facilitate and strengthen its advocacy efforts. We support a viable maritime industry operating in the U.S. and promote open international trade in shipping services such as:

  • Ocean Use Policy
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Access to International Trade
  • Jurisdictions
  • Anti-Piracy
We provide a voice of the maritime industry operating in the US to support sound public policy through legislative and regulatory initiatives to promote (but not limited to):

  • Marine safety
  • Maritime security
  • Maritime personnel issues
  • Environmentally responsible policies and operating practices

Information Conduit

CSA will act as a conduit (2-way flow of information) between CSA Members and state/local organizations and engage on state/local issues where appropriate.

  • Receive state/local issues from its members, monitor the issue, inform its membership and coordinate and collaborate with other organizations in its members’ best interest, where appropriate (and not proactively track state/local issues)
  • Appropriately engage in state/local issues when CSA can be a positive influence, resources are available and the issue has broader implications

Staying Informed

CSA will promptly and thoroughly inform its members of issues affecting the maritime industry arising internationally and in the United States.

We support members to be better informed and able to be advocates/ambassadors on issues by providing key talking points (Executive summary as well as detailed analysis).

Relationship Management

CSA will establish and maintain relationships with legislative and regulatory officials, members of the media, persons in the international maritime community and other influential persons.

We maintain relationships with and educate current and new staff members of appropriate congressional committees. Additionally, we educate new members of congress through building relationships with their staff.

Subject Matter Expert

CSA will act as a Subject Matter Expert on maritime issues (not as a primary lobbying organization). To advance our member interests we:

  • Develop specific strategies with respect to the issues.
  • Provide professional and technical expertise, in order to be an authoritative and effective voice on maritime issues.
  • Engage environmental groups, standard organizations, technical associations and professional societies, among others for the purpose of educating them about the CSA Members’ position to support a maritime community.

Our History

Founded in 1917, CSA serves as a bridge between industry and regulators, promoting sound public policy regarding marine safety, marine security and environmental protection.  We support the domestic maritime industry and promote open international trade.

Each year, CSA’s team of maritime professionals works closely with members and regulators to connect leaders for collaboration, cooperation and problem-solving that strengthens the industry.  Although the challenges in the industry faces have changed significantly since our founding in 1917, we are constantly evolving to meet the needs of today and prepare for the future.

CSA Leadership

Kathy Metcalf
Kathy MetcalfPresident & CEO
Kathy served as CSA’s Director of Maritime Affairs from 1997 to 2015. She served in various positions in the energy industry including deck officer aboard large oceangoing tankers, marine safety and environmental director, corporate regulatory and compliance manager and state government affairs manager.
Sean Kline
Sean KlineDirector of Maritime Affairs
Sean joined CSA in 2014 after serving on CSA’s Board of Directors. As a deck officer, he sailed on commercial ships worldwide and was formerly the Director of Marine Standards at Maersk Line, Limited; and held positions at the Liberian Registry and U.S. Coast Guard. He is an Industry Expert on BIMCO’s Maritime Safety & Security Committee and appointed to the National Maritime Security Council.

2023 By The Numbers

Regulatory agencies engaged
Vessels earning CSA Awards
Legislative & regulatory meetings

Members Of CSA

Our maritime members include U.S. based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tank, container, dry bulk vessels, roll-on/roll-off or special purpose vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades and companies that maintain a commercial interest in the operation of such oceangoing vessels.