Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently appointed Chaplain Michael C. Nation of the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) to the Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee (LMRWSAC). This team—pulled from various sectors of maritime commerce—meets twice annually to advise the United States Coast Guard on matters relating to topics dealing with navigation safety on the Lower Mississippi River.
Chaplain Nation applied for the special government employee position (an unremunerated post) in order to further aid and support the mariners served by SCI. Members of LMRWSAC share experience and expertise to help leadership in the Coast Guard keep waters safe for everyone.
Nation crisscrosses multiple points of the maritime industry. He provides full-time pastoral care and support to American merchant mariners and serves as business relations manager for SCI’s maritime education programs. Last year, Nation logged personal engagement with close to 1,000 mariners in the Lower Mississippi River Region.
As a member of the LMRWSAC, Chaplain Nation seeks to improve the safety of mariners working on the Lower Mississippi River as well as to improve the quality of maritime education SCI provides. SCI’s over 180-year commitment to mariners offers a range of impartial, intimate perspectives on the maritime industry.
After completing ethics training required for the appointment, Chaplain Nation begins serving on the LMRWSAC in November, continuing the regular vessel visits, captains’ meetings and emergency response calls he makes every day to American merchant mariners.