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US Committee on the Marine Transportation System Join us here for up-to-date information on the Nation's marine transportation system (MTS) and the work of our Federal MTS agencies. The US CMTS is a partnership of over 25 Federal agencies, including White House offices, that work together to support the marine transportation system (MTS).

Section 310 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act amends title 46, United States Code, by adding §55502, United States Committee on the Marine Transportation System. The stated purpose of the Committee is to serve as a Federal interagency coordinating committee to (1) assess the adequacy of the marine transportation system; (2) promote the integration of the marine transportation syst

Section 310 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act amends title 46, United States Code, by adding §55502, United States Committee on the Marine Transportation System. The stated purpose of the Committee is to serve as a Federal interagency coordinating committee to (1) assess the adequacy of the marine transportation system; (2) promote the integration of the marine transportation syst

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The CMTS Executive Secretariat team was together for the first time in almost a year and a half!  While we won’t be gath...
09/01/2021

The CMTS Executive Secretariat team was together for the first time in almost a year and a half! While we won’t be gathering in the office on a daily basis, it was terrific to have great conversation without the burden of a video call or long email. We are prepping for the next Coordinating Board meeting on 24 September under new leadership of Acting MARAD Administrator Lucinda Lessley. The Board will be considering the new CMTS work plan which will include our ongoing interests areas such as Arctic MTS, Maritime Data, MTS Resilience, navigation safety, innovative science and technology, innovative science and technology, and military to mariner. We will be enhancing our work related to supply chain and infrastructure, continuing the proactive stance in support of the MTS under COVID 19, and growing our DEI and ocean policy initiatives. Left to right: Heather Gilbert, Pat Mutschler, Kelci Sundquist, Chase Long, Executive Director Helen Brohl, Caleb Taylor, and Alejandra Enriquez. Not pictured: Nuns Jain.

For more information on the work of the CMTS, go to www.CMTS.gov.

The CMTS Executive Secretariat team was together for the first time in almost a year and a half! While we won’t be gathering in the office on a daily basis, it was terrific to have great conversation without the burden of a video call or long email. We are prepping for the next Coordinating Board meeting on 24 September under new leadership of Acting MARAD Administrator Lucinda Lessley. The Board will be considering the new CMTS work plan which will include our ongoing interests areas such as Arctic MTS, Maritime Data, MTS Resilience, navigation safety, innovative science and technology, innovative science and technology, and military to mariner. We will be enhancing our work related to supply chain and infrastructure, continuing the proactive stance in support of the MTS under COVID 19, and growing our DEI and ocean policy initiatives. Left to right: Heather Gilbert, Pat Mutschler, Kelci Sundquist, Chase Long, Executive Director Helen Brohl, Caleb Taylor, and Alejandra Enriquez. Not pictured: Nuns Jain.

For more information on the work of the CMTS, go to www.CMTS.gov.

Seek and Discover! Shipwrecks of the Past Inspiring Ocean Explorers of the Future (Presented LIVE from aboard the R/V Po...
08/31/2021
NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI) Webinar Series

Seek and Discover! Shipwrecks of the Past Inspiring Ocean Explorers of the Future (Presented LIVE from aboard the R/V Point Sur) - Part of NOAA's Science Seminar Series, this free webinar will look at ocean exploration achievements and plans from the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI). Plus, early results from the University of Southern Mississippi's exploration of shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico will also be presented.

The webinar will be held tomorrow 9/1/21 at 3 p.m. est. Click here for a link to the webinar: https://web.uri.edu/oeci/events/nsss/

Part of the NOAA Science Seminar Series Title Date (at 3pm ET) Speakers/topics NOAA OECI: Introduction to the NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute: Exploring the US’ Blue Frontier Recorded on […]

08/30/2021
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Port Congestion and Administration Infrastructure Investment Bill: Advisory Committee on Supply Chain - The Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC) has appropriated a recommendation to Secretary Gina Raimondo on the best practices to scope and implement the advancing infrastructure investment package in order to increase cargo flow, resilience and economic development. Please click the link below to read the full recommendation.
https://www.trade.gov/sites/default/files/2021-08/2021-6-24%20ACSCC%20American%20Jobs%20Plan%20Rec%20to%20SGR%20APPROVED%20FINAL.pdf

Fun Fact Friday! - On this day in 1942, the USS Iowa (BB 61) was launched at the New York Navy Yard. Iowa served in both...
08/27/2021
Los Angeles Museum and Tour | Battleship USS Iowa

Fun Fact Friday! - On this day in 1942, the USS Iowa (BB 61) was launched at the New York Navy Yard. Iowa served in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans during World War II. The Iowa now serves as a museum battleship in Los Angeles, California. If you are interested in learning more about the USS Iowa or touring the battleship, virtually or in person, visit this link https://www.pacificbattleship.com

Source: https://history.navy.mil

Battleship USS Iowa is rated as one of Los Angeles' best museums and tours located on the L.A. Waterfront near Long Beach, CA.

Today Is Women’s Equality Day! - On August 26th every year, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the pressur...
08/26/2021
A Proclamation on Women's Equality Day, 2021 | The White House

Today Is Women’s Equality Day! - On August 26th every year, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the pressure of women’s suffrage in the United States. This day began as the 19th Amendment, first introduced in 1878 and finally passed on June 4, 1919. The right to vote belongs to all citizens, but this was not always the case. Even when the 19th Amendment was ratified, many were denied the right by loop holes in law, practice, literacy tests and campaigns of violence. Over time, the United States has strengthened voting rights and access to be able to exercise this right. Efforts have paid off; 2020 saw the greatest number of votes ever with the inauguration of the United States first woman Vice President, Kamala Harris!
To read more on the White House’s statement on Women’s Equality Day 2022 click here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/08/26/a-proclamation-on-womens-equality-day-2021/

Today, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, a reminder not only of the progress women have won through the years, but of the important work that remains to be done. One hundred and one years ago, the ratification of the 19th Amendment moved our Nation one essential step closer to fulfilling its fou....

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Invites Public Comments on Study for Decommissioning Oil and Gas I...
08/25/2021
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement | Promoting Safety, Protecting the Environment and Conserving Offshore Resources

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Invites Public Comments on Study for Decommissioning Oil and Gas Infrastructure Off California Coast - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement would like the public to comment on a proposal to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for decommissioning oil and gas platforms and other facilities on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf. The input gathered will identify potentially relevant information, studies, and analyses to inform future decommissioning application decisions. The public can submit comments to 45 days following publication of this NOI in the Federal Register.

https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/bsee-invites-public-comment-on-study-for

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement invites the public to comment on a proposal to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for decommissioning oil and gas platforms and other facilities on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf. The Notice of Intent to...

Virtual Public Meeting Agenda - Fall 2021 NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel Federal Advisory Committee. The NOAA H...
08/24/2021

Virtual Public Meeting Agenda - Fall 2021 NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel Federal Advisory Committee.
The NOAA HSRP Federal Advisory Committee will have a virtual public meeting via webinar to focus on NOAA’s navigation, observations, and positioning services, data and products. The webinar will be held on September 1, 12:45-5:30pm EST; and September 2, 1-5:30 EST.
To register for the webinar please visit this link https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5627376790601178124

The HSRP is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides NOAAA independent advice on improving quality, efficiency, and usefulness of NOAA’s navigation-related products, data and services. For more on the HSRP meeting materials click here https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/meetings.html

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System Continues to Be Strong Supply Chain got Wind Energy - The Great Lakes Seaway ...
08/23/2021

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System Continues to Be Strong Supply Chain got Wind Energy - The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership reported that American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System saw 1,733 total transits from the opening on March 22, 2021 through July 31, 2021. A 6.19 percent increase compared to last year. Deputy Administrator of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development, Craig Middlebrook said “July was a good month for project cargo moving through the Seaway System with a notable resurgence in shipments of windmill components. The wind energy supply chain continues to be strong with vessels bringing these cargoes from five different countries last month”. To learn more about The Great Lakes Seaway click here: https://greatlakesseaway.org

The full press release is posted below along with seaway traffic estimates.

Fabulous Fact Friday! The Maritime Administration recently shared this great story with us which we are happy to pass al...
08/20/2021
A HERO FOR DAISY - trailer

Fabulous Fact Friday!
The Maritime Administration recently shared this great story with us which we are happy to pass along in honor of next weeks Women’s Equality Day!

In the 1970’s the Yale women’s team rowed out of the men’s boathouse on the banks of the Housatonic River. In the cold, pre-dawn morning hours they practiced daily, often exposed to the icy New England wind and rain. So, the opportunity to take a warm shower and change into dry clothes was a necessity. But the Yale’s Women’s Rowing team did not have access to the locker room or shower facilities; they were reserved exclusively for men. Finally in 1976, team captain Chris Ernst had had enough. She rallied her teammates and alerted the school paper about what she and her teammates were about to do. She led them into the Yale athletics office to deliver their protest against lack of access to proper facilities. Topless. ‘Title IX’ written across their backs and breast, demonstrating how their bodies were exploited and in violation of ‘Title IX’. The issue quickly gained traction and within a month Yale agreed to provide a locker room and shower facilities to the women’s rowing team. Mary Mazzio, a rower and filmmaker saw Ernst as a trailblazer for women’s equality and had to tell the story in the her 1999 film ‘A Hero for Daisy’. Within two decades of the protest, women’s rowing became a fully sanctioned NCAA sport, and the number of programs across the country increased five-fold.
Visit this link to watch the trailer for Mazzio’s 1999 film titled ‘A Hero for Daisy’ https://youtu.be/SDKk9qjX4Es

Featuring two-time Olympian and Yale rower, Chris Ernst, who galvanized her rowing team to protest the substandard conditions facing female athletes in the 1...

Critical Infrastructure Partners - The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published an Activity Ale...
08/19/2021
BadAlloc Vulnerability Affecting Devices Incorporating Older BlackBerry QNX Products | CISA

Critical Infrastructure Partners - The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published an Activity Alert (AA-21-229A) on devices incorporating older versions of BlackBerry QNX Real Time Operating System (RTOS) that was publicly disclosed as being affected by a BadAlloc vulnerability-CVE-2021-22156.
BadAlloc is a collection of vulnerabilities affecting a range of industries using Internet of Things (IoT), medical devices, operational technology (OT)/Industrial Control Systems (ICS) devices.
Devices incorporating older versions of BlackBerry QNX RTOS are used in a wide range of products, that if compromised could result in an attacker gaining control of highly sensitive systems.
CISA is encouraging owners, operators and any organizations developing, supporting or maintaining devices with QNX based system to review this alert (AA-21-229A) and apply mitigations as quickly as possible.
To view alert AA-21-229A click here https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa21-229a

For more information on the alert click the links below:

https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/current-activity/2021/08/17/badalloc-vulnerability-affecting-devices-incorporating-older

https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ics/advisories/icsa-21-119-04

https://blackberry.qnx.com/en/company/about-qnx

CISA released an Alert today on devices incorporating older versions of multiple BlackBerry QNX products affected by a BadAlloc vulnerability. A malicious actor could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system or cause a denial-of-service condition.

08/18/2021

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Reseerch and Development Center Issued a New Report; AIS Data Case Study: Identifying AIS Coverage Gaps on the Ohio River in CY2018
-The Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note describes a method for evaluating the received coverage from Automatic Identification System (AIS) shore sites and the availability of historic vessel position reports along the Ohio River. The network of AIS shoreside sites are installed and operated by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters and the U.S. Coast Guard. To read more on the report click here https://erdc-library.erdc.dren.mil/jspui/handle/11681/40886

The reports authors, Patricia K. DiJoseph, PhD; Brian J. Tetreault; and Martin M. Kress, PhD, are active members of the CMTS interagency teams related to maritime data and navigation safety.

Coast Guard – Cancellation of obsolete Navigation and Inspection Circulars - On July 15, the U.S. Coast Guard announced ...
08/17/2021
Cancellation of Obsolete Navigation and Inspection Circulars

Coast Guard – Cancellation of obsolete Navigation and Inspection Circulars - On July 15, the U.S. Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register the cancellation of several obsolete Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVIC). NVICs are guidance documents issued by the Coast Guard that do not have the force of law. However, NVICs ensure Coast Guard inspections and other regulatory actions conducted by field personnel are complete and consistent. The Federal Register notice and list of canceled NVICs can be found at this link:https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-07-15/pdf/2021-14966.pdf

Coast Guard – comments on phasing out VHF Notice to Mariners
On July 15, the Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking comments regarding phasing out the process of distributing local broadcast notice to mariners by routine VHF radio broadcasts. The Federal Register notice can be found at this link:https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-07-15/pdf/2021-15059.pdf

The Federal Register can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/15/2021-14966/cancellation-of-obsolete-navigation-and-inspection-circulars

The Coast Guard announces the cancellation of several obsolete Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVIC). NVICs are guidance documents issued by the Coast Guard that do not have the force of law. However, NVICs ensure Coast Guard inspections and other regulatory actions conducted by field...

USACE: Updated Water Resources Development Act Implementation Guidance -  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters (US...
08/16/2021
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works updates Water Resources Deve

USACE: Updated Water Resources Development Act Implementation Guidance - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters (USACE) received 134 unique comments on 86 of the 170 sections of WRDA 2020. All public input was considered during an evaluation process where 32 sections were identified as needing clarity to aid in the ex*****on of the sections. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Army Civil Works and USACE are currently drafting implementation guidance for these sections. Three sections were identified that may require rule making and three may require action under the Paperwork Reduction Act. A list of the sections requiring implementation guidance is at the end of the release. https://www.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/News-Release-Article-View/Article/2702989/office-of-the-assistant-secretary-of-the-army-for-civil-works-updates-water-res/

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The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (OASA(CW)) is providing an update today on the status of implementation guidance for the 170 sections in the Water Resources

Fun Fact Friday! On this day in 1870 the armed tugboat, Palos, became the first U.S. Navy Ship to transit the Suez Canal...
08/13/2021

Fun Fact Friday! On this day in 1870 the armed tugboat, Palos, became the first U.S. Navy Ship to transit the Suez Canal. Palos was first built in 1865 and placed in service at Boston Navy Yard. Tugboats are a special kind of boat, they help move large ships by towing, pushing and guiding. - sources marinelink.com/news/history-august-naval357578 and navsource.org/archives/12/09907.htm

Fun Fact Friday! On this day in 1870 the armed tugboat, Palos, became the first U.S. Navy Ship to transit the Suez Canal. Palos was first built in 1865 and placed in service at Boston Navy Yard. Tugboats are a special kind of boat, they help move large ships by towing, pushing and guiding. - sources marinelink.com/news/history-august-naval357578 and navsource.org/archives/12/09907.htm

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