SOCP is a non-profit cooperative dedicated to addressing common maritime operational issues. SOCP, with support of the Maritime Administration, brings industry, labor and government together to work on common challenges through identifying solutions that will improve vessel operations in the areas of safety, training, efficiency, and environmental stewardship. The Cooperative allows participating members to become involved in operational research that might otherwise not be economically feasible on an individual basis or possible within a single sector of the industry. SOCP is a unified industry voice is making recommendations to state, federal and international regulatory organizations. The organization is open to all U.S. based vessel operations.