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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 system with other modes of transportation and other uses of the marine environment; and (3) coordinate and make recommendations with regard to Federal policies that impact the marine transportation system.

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Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan nominated to be Coast Guard Vice Commandant, first Coast Guard female 4-star admiralU.S. Coast ...
04/23/2021
Vice Admiral Linda L. Fagan

Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan nominated to be Coast Guard Vice Commandant, first Coast Guard female 4-star admiral
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Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan nominated to be Coast Guard Vice Commandant, first Coast Guard female 4-star admiral

WASHINGTON – Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan has been nominated by the White House to be the next Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

She currently serves as the commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area, overseeing all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. Fagan concurrently serves as commander, Defense Force West and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. Fagan is a 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and is the Coast Guard’s first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, the officer with the longest service record in the Marine Safety field.

“Vice Adm. Fagan is an outstanding leader with 36 years of Coast Guard operations, policy-making, joint service, and interagency experience,” said Adm. Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. “Throughout her distinguished career, she has been a top performer and a trailblazer. As the Coast Guard’s first female four-star admiral, and President Biden’s nominee to serve as the Coast Guard’s 32nd Vice Commandant, Adm. Fagan will be instrumental in moving the Service forward at a critical juncture in our history.”

Pending confirmation, Fagan is expected to relieve current Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Charles W. Ray on June 18.

Click here to access Vice Adm. Fagan’s bio.
https://www.uscg.mil/Biographies/Display/Article/1391225/vice-admiral-linda-l-fagan/

Vice Admiral Fagan assumed command of the Coast Guard Pacific Area in June 2018 where she serves as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters

04/22/2021

A Message from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Earth Day:

“Earth Day is one more reminder of the importance of climate change in our work every day. Transportation is central to climate solutions. It’s reflected in the American Jobs Plan and it’s reflected in so many different parts of our work and it’s something we should take a lot of pride in. Being part of climate solutions— whether we’re talking about electric vehicles, whether we’re talking about transit and trains, or the work that literally every single one of our modes does and will be doing that involves climate. We at DOT are the stewards of America’s infrastructure in so many ways. And that means we’re also the stewards of the climate.”

Thank you, Mr. Secretary. The CMTS partnership stands ready to support a sustainable way forward for the marine transportation system.

04/21/2021
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CMTS Executive Director Will Join Women in MaritimeTransportation Seminar, Monday, April 26, 2021

Helen Brohl, CMTS Executive Director joins other Industry leaders to address career opportunities and challenges in the important arena of public port and private terminal management in the seminar: WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION –PORT AND TERMINAL MANAGEMENT

Women in transportation will discuss why you should consider getting involved in port and terminal industry.
When:Monday, April 26, 2021, 1pm -3pm central

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83226283188?pwd=b3VqL0NCcVJIelZ0QlhSckJlaTRkQT09, passcode: 949168, “C-Suite” Perspectives [Only first 100 people get into the seminar].

Key success factors, and the rewards, personal and professional, from a career in port management. Prerecorded. 20 minutes.
Kristin Decas, CEO, Port of Hueneme
Phyllis Saathoff, Executive Director/CEO, Port Freeport
Lorrie Taylor, CEO, Port of Orange
Brandy Christian, CEO, Port of New Orleans (liv‘Roundtable Discussion’
Industry leaders and rising stars discuss and respond. “Live Session.” 45minutes.
Mary Beth Long, AAPA, VP of Marketing and Workforce Development –Moderator and Discussion Leader.
Sade Chick, Port of Beaumont, Corporate Affairs Director
Lauren Brand, President, National Association of Waterfront Employers
Helen Brohl, Executive Director, U.S. Committee on Marine Transportation System (CMTS)
Lillian Borrone, Port Industry Leader

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NOAA: Hydrographic Services Review Panel Seeking NominationsThe National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is seeking n...
04/19/2021
Hydrographic Services Review Panel

NOAA: Hydrographic Services Review Panel Seeking Nominations

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is seeking nominations for members on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel with nominations due by April 26th, 2021. Nominations are sought to keep an active pool of candidates and should be submitted no later than April 26th, and will be kept to be used for future vacancies. Five vacancies for a four year term will occur on January 1,2022. Current members who may be eligible for a second term in 2022 must reapply.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/29/2020-28746/hydrographic-services-review-panel

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking nominations for members to serve on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel with nominations due by April 26, 2021.

04/16/2021

Fun Fact Friday: Ships Cover Astronomical Distances!

A container ship travels the equivalent of three-quarters of the way to the moon and back in one year during its regular travel across the oceans. The moon is 238,900 miles away from Earth! Holy boat load, Batman!

#maritimeshipping #maritimeindustry #containership

04/16/2021

The CMTS COVID-19 Working Group encourages mariners from all segments of the U.S. maritime industry to take ten minutes to anonymously complete the “Mariner Mental Health Needs during Covid-19” online survey at https://redcap.link/mariners. Mariner unions, vessel operators, vessel owners, mariner training institutions and industry associations are requested to encourage and facilitate the prompt participation of their mariners in this survey. MTS stakeholders are requested to widely distribute this announcement within the U.S. maritime industry.

Reminding about the USCG Maritime Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 04-21 of Mardh 17, 2021 related to crew changes.  U...
04/14/2021
COVID-19 Country Specific Information

Reminding about the USCG Maritime Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 04-21 of Mardh 17, 2021 related to crew changes.

U.S. mariners who are attempting to conduct a crew change abroad should first consult the host nation’s COVID-19
guidelines for travel to determine what intermediary steps are required in order to depart from or arrive to the country.
If all steps have been completed or otherwise satisfied, but a U.S. mariner is still unable to depart or arrive for a crew
change, an email may be sent to the USCG at [email protected]. U.S. mariner crew change
concerns will require coordination with the Department of State. The Department of State provides country
specific information on U.S. Embassy COVID pages for updates on the impact of COVID-19 worldwide at:
https: //travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

#mariners #maritimeshipping #maritimeindustry #MTS #USCG

Links to external websites are provided as a convenience and should not be construed as an endorsement by the U.S. Department of State of the views or products contained therein. If you wish to remain on travel.state.gov, click the "cancel" message.

04/13/2021
Mayflower Autonomous Ship

Last week, the CMTS hosted a Federal only webinar to learn more about the IBM Mayflower autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic Ocean in May from Portsmouth, England to Portsmouth, Maine. What surprised some of us most was to learn how much research sampling the vessel would be doing during the crossing and the level of engagement, already, with Federal agencies. Learn more about this aspect at https://www.mas400.com/ocean.

They note, "According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on the Ocean, conditions are declining more than ever before. That’s why the U.N. has declared 2021-2030 to be the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development—a global effort to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health."

[This informaiton is provided for illustrative and education purposes only and should not be construed as an endorsement by the CMTS or its member agencies.]
#Mayflower400 #maritimeshipping #maritime #autonomous #maritimeindustry

Powered by AI and the energy from the sun, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship will be able to spend vast periods of time at sea, collecting data about the ocean. Safer, more flexible and cost-effective than today’s manned research vessels, the new-generation Mayflower promises to transform ocean scienc...

04/10/2021

On this day in history ~ 1912

The RMS Titanic departs from England. It carried more than 2000 passengers and was the largest ship in the world when it went into service. It also had state-of-the-art safety features, including remotely operated watertight hatches, but - as was found out far too late - did not have enough lifeboats for all its passengers.
Source: The Book of "This Day in History." Publications International, Ltd. 2019.

Fun Fact Friday ~ What is the difference between a nautical mile and a mile?A nautical mile is based on the circumferenc...
04/09/2021
What is the difference between a nautical mile and a knot?

Fun Fact Friday ~ What is the difference between a nautical mile and a mile?

A nautical mile is based on the circumference of the earth, and is equal to one minute of latitude. It is slightly more than a statute (land measured) mile (1 nautical mile = 1.1508 statute miles). Nautical miles are used for charting and navigating.

A knot is one nautical mile per hour (1 knot = 1.15 miles per hour). The term knot dates from the 17th century, when sailors measured the speed of their ship by using a device called a "common log." This device was a coil of rope with uniformly spaced knots, attached to a piece of wood shaped like a slice of pie. The piece of wood was lowered from the back of the ship and allowed to float behind it. The line was allowed to play out freely from the coil as the piece of wood fell behind the ship for a specific amount of time. When the specified time had passed, the line was pulled in and the number of knots on the rope between the ship and the wood were counted. The speed of the ship was said to be the number of knots counted (Bowditch, 1984).

Source: NOAA National Ocean Service
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/nauticalmile_knot.html#:~:text=A%20nautical%20mile%20is%20based,mile%20%3D%201.1508%20statute%20miles%20). #maritime #maritimeindustry #maritimehistory #MTS #NOAA

A nautical mile measures distance and a knot measures speed.

04/08/2021

Commission Meeting Addresses Fact Finding 29 and Alliance Monitoring

April 7, 2021
The Federal Maritime Commission met virtually and in closed session today to discuss developments in the ongoing Fact Finding 29 investigation of challenges to the freight delivery system and possible Shipping Act violations, and to receive a briefing on the agency’s monitoring activities of ocean carrier alliances.

Commissioner Rebecca Dye, who serves as the Fact-Finding Officer for Fact-Finding 29, reported on developments related to her investigation into the behavior and practices of certain ocean carriers and marine terminal operators.

“While most participants in the supply chain are doing their best to cope with the unprecedented import boom, there are reports of container ship lines and terminal operators unfairly taking advantage of the situation or denying service to exporters in a way that may violate the Shipping Act. We must get to the bottom of this situation ASAP and that’s why Commissioner Dye’s investigation is crucial,” said Chairman Maffei.

Today’s meeting was held in a closed session because the agenda items dealt with an ongoing investigative matter and confidential commercial information.

The CMTS COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) encourages mariners from all segments of the U.S. maritime industry to take te...
04/07/2021
Mariner Mental Health Needs during COVID-19

The CMTS COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) encourages mariners from all segments of the U.S. maritime industry to take ten minutes to anonymously complete the “Mariner Mental Health Needs during Covid-19” online survey at https://redcap.iths.org/surveys/?s=RR933YTPKK

The confidential survey asks mariners a variety of questions about COVID-19, mental health, and their experiences and feelings when aboard a vessel during the challenges of this worldwide pandemic. No mariner identification data will be collected. Survey participation from a significant portion of the mariners in each industry segment is critical to understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their mental health. The survey is available from January 22 through May 31, 2021.

Results from the survey will be shared with federal agencies, vessel owners/operators, mariner unions, maritime training institutions, seafarer welfare organizations and MTS stakeholders to facilitate development of effective solutions that benefit our mariners’ mental well-being.

Mariner unions, vessel operators, vessel owners, mariner training institutions and industry associations are requested to encourage and facilitate the prompt participation of their mariners in this survey. MTS stakeholders are requested to widely distribute this announcement within the U.S. maritime industry.

The survey is being conducted independently by Dr. Marissa Baker, Assistant Professor & Industrial Hygiene Program Director, University of Washington School of Public Health. Individual responses will be kept confidential at the School. The survey allows mariners to skip any question which they do not wish to answer.

This survey is supported by Centers for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC) and the COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG). The C-19 WG serves as the CMTS forum for facilitating high-level interagency discussion, communication, and actions in support of the MTS under and after COVID-19. click here. Please email any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this mariner survey to Dr. Marissa Baker, University of Washington, at [email protected] and to [email protected].

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the Mariner Mental Health Needs during COVID-19 Survey. Your voice is very important to helping improve mental health access and outcomes for your fellow mariners, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/06/2021

April 6, 1949- A US Coast Guard H03S-1 helicopter completed the longest unescorted helicopter ferry flight on record. The trip from Elizabeth City, NC to Port Angeles, WA via San Diego, a distance of 3,750 miles, took 10-1/2 days to complete and involved a total flight time of 57.6 hours.

04/05/2021
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CMTS – Navigation Information Strategic Plan

The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) published the U.S. Navigation Information Strategic Action Plan: 2021-2026 (March 2021). This plan outlines high-level strategy for US Federal agencies to deliver navigation information to mariners in support of a safer and more secure marine transportation system (MTS), by advancing the evolution and implementation of the e-Navigation concept. This plan supersedes the 2012 e-Navigation Strategic Action Plan that served as the foundational document for e-Navigation implementation for the United States. (4/1/21)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) defined e-Navigation as the "harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment.”

The vision and goal of this 2021 revision remain the same as the 2012 SAP; to establish a framework enabling the transfer of actionable information and the use of timely and resilient maritime data for safer, more secure, and more efficient navigation.

The 2021 U.S. Navigation Information Strategic Action Plan focuses on six action areas:
• Integrating Systems
• Seamless Data Exchange
• User-based requirements
• Decision-focused information
• Improved Connectivity, and
• Inter-agency Information Coordination

The full strategic plan:

04/04/2021

On this day in 1887, Susanna Salter became the first female mayor in the U.S. She was mayor of Argonia, Kansas, for one year. Her name had been placed on the ballot by a group of men attempting to humiliate women and intimidate them from running for office. The Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Republican Party switched their votes for Salter at the last minute. She served for one term.

Happy Women's History Month!
Source: The Book of This Day in History, 2019.

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