Proceedings Of The Marine

SUM 2015

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The 21 st century waterway will experience larger vessels, increased energy-related product movement, and a more diverse user base that will include unmanned vessels. Further, the nation will see expanded maritime traff c in the Arctic waterways that were not previously accessible. Facilitating safe navigation has never been as important, or complicated, as it is today. The key to improving navigational safety and port eff ciency is improving maritime situational awareness — putting the right information in the hands of users in a timely and useful manner. Additionally, improving maritime situational awareness will allow the Coast Guard to achieve goals outlined in two major recently published strategies: our Western Hemisphere and Arctic Strategies. It has been a pleasure to champion this Proceedings edition. I would like to thank Mr. Mike Sol- losi, CDR John Stone, LT Ben Earling, LT Torrey Jacobsen, the Proceedings leadership team, and especially all those who provided articles for this edition. It has truly been a team effort, bringing together multiple federal agency representatives, industry stakeholders, recreational users, port representatives, research and development champions, and educators. A similar cooperative and collaborative effort will be necessary to continually deliver maritime situational awareness information. With the rate of technological development and technology's expansion into all facets of the maritime domain, the evolution of the marine transportation system will be a continuous journey, not a destination. Federal agencies, on- and off-water users, manufactures, and educators all share in the effort to ensure this journey continues to move forward. To facilitate this effort, during the f rst half of 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held listening sessions in locations around the country to discuss the Future of Navigation Initiative. Primary goals included: providing a venue, apart from traditional communications, to introduce waterway stakeholders to current federal initiatives to achieve improved maritime situational awareness; to solicit feedback from waterway stakeholders on what information would be most benef cial; and to determine how they would like to receive the information. Results indicate the following areas of concentration should be taken under consideration: enhance voyage planning; leverage the Automatic Identif cation System for marine safety and environmental information; push notif ca- tions via text messaging or e-mail; and develop an integrated, mobile, multi-platform application. In sum, authoritative, time-sensitive data needs to f nd its way to the mariner or end user through off-the-shelf equipment or via Web-based systems. In addition, mariners need to be adequately trained to use this information and equipment in correlation with the information that is received by what I consider the best tool — looking out the window. Managing the risk inherent in transit- ing our waterways has been the hallmark of professional and recreational mariners for centuries. As our waterways get more complex, mariners deserve the best tools available. Champion's Point of View 5 Summer 2014 Proceedings Editorial Team Barbara Chiarizia Executive Editor Leslie C. Goodwin Art Director Proceedings is published quarterly in the interest of safety at sea under the auspices of the Marine Safety & Security Council. Special permission for republication, either in whole or in part, except for copyrighted mate- rial, is not required, provided credit is given to Proceedings. The articles contained in Proceed- ings are submitted by diverse public and private interests in the maritime community as a means to promote maritime safety and security. The views expressed by the authors do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Coast Guard or the Department of Homeland Security or represent off cial policy. Editorial Contact Email: HQS-DG-NMCProceedings@ Mail: Commandant (CG-DCO-84) ATTN: Editor, Proceedings Magazine U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7318 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S.E. Washington, DC 20593-7318 Web: Phone: (202) 372-2316 Subscription Requests Proceedings is free. Subscriptions by CApt SCott J. SMith Deputy Director Marine Transportation Systems Management U.S. Coast Guard

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