Proceedings Of The Marine

SUM 2015

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24 Proceedings Summer 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings A Shared Vision The challenges facing government and industry as we strive to make a safer, more effcient, and more environmentally friendly marine transportation system for the 21 st century are many, but the opportunities are vast. The members of the American Waterways Operators are committed to con- tinued leadership and improvement as an industry and to partnership with government and other stakeholders to make our shared vision of future success a reality. About the author: Ms. Jennifer A. Carpenter is executive vice president of the American Water- ways Operators, the national trade association for the inland and coastal tugboat, towboat, and barge industry. Endnotes: 1. Waterborne Transportation Lines of the United States, Calendar Year 2012, Volume 1– National Summaries. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources, 2012. 2. A Modal Comparison of Domestic Freight Transportation Effects on the General Public: 2001–2009. Texas Transportation Institute Center for Ports and Waterways, Febru- ary 2012. 3. A Modal Comparison of Domestic Freight Transportation Effects on the General Public: 2001–2009. Texas Transportation Institute Center for Ports and Waterways, Febru- ary 2012. 4. Toward a Full Accounting of the Benefciaries of Navigable Waterways. University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research, January 2011. 5. Public Law 95-502, October 21, 1978. Public Law 99-662, November 17, 1986. 6. Data based on information compiled by K&L Gates utilizing publicly available announcements for new tanker and tank barge builds. 7. Improvements to Reduce Human Error and Near Miss Incidents. U.S. Coast Guard, May 7, 2012. governmental initiatives leading to a dramatic decline in tank barge oil spills over the past two decades. 7 Since 1995, the American Waterways Operators has worked with the Coast Guard through the Coast Guard/AWO Safety Partnership to foster cooperative action to reduce towing vessel crewmember fatalities, prevent and mitigate crew fatigue, and reduce operational oil spills, among more than 40 such cooperative initiatives launched since its incep- tion. For more than a decade, AWO has worked through the congressionally established Towing Safety Advisory Com- mittee to support new Coast Guard regulations that will bring all towing vessels under an innovative Coast Guard inspection regime and raise safety standards throughout the industry. Last July, AWO joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay® Transportation Partnership, a public/ private sector partnership, to assess and improve environ- mental and energy effciency of goods movement within supply chains. Busy and getting busier: Tugboats guide a delivery of cranes to their destination in the heavily traffcked Port of New York and New Jersey. Courtesy of Moran Towing Corporation. Partnership in action: Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz (right), super- intendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Tom Allegretti, American Waterways Operators president and CEO, sign an agree- ment to create a towing vessel rider program for USCGA cadets. Courtesy of American Waterways Operators.

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