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Continent Oil and Gas Association, the American Petroleum Institute, and many others have joined forces at the most senior and political levels to iden- tify knowledge gaps and breakdowns in the system, assess current state and federal requirements, share informa- tion, and deliver a product that is speci? c and comprehensive. While its initial focus is the Gulf of Mexico, the task force expects to gradually address the issue on a national scale.

The CDMCS Pipeline Task Force is a great example of government agencies working together and with industry to- wards a solution. It’s the ? rst such in- ter-agency and public-private taskforce of its kind for this issue, and the U.S. dredging industry and the CDMCS are extremely pleased that stakeholders are taking an interest in addressing this critical safety and security matter.

The CDMCS is the national uni- ? ed voice for safety and formal part- nership between the U.S.-? ag dredg- ing industry and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Members are commit- ted to the council’s vision of creating

Credit: Cashman Dredging a 100% injury-free workplace for the dredging and marine construction industry by embracing its core values of teamwork, trust, and transparency and executing its mission of raising the industry standard on safety and building a safety-? rst culture.

We look forward to the task ahead.

Safety ? rst! It’s a shared responsibility.

Michael Gerhardt is Vice Presi- dent, Dredging Contractors of

America, and the CDMCS Pipe- line Taskforce Director.

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