Welcome to The CMTS


Welcome to the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) website. The CMTS is a Federal Cabinet-level, inter-departmental committee chaired by the Secretary of Transportation.

The purpose of the CMTS is to create a partnership of Federal departments and agencies with responsibility for the Marine Transportation System (MTS). The job of the CMTS is to ensure the development and implementation of national MTS policies that are consistent with national needs and to report to the President its views and recommendations for improving the MTS.

The MTS is essential to the American economy; it supports millions of American jobs, facilitates trade, moves people and goods, and provides a safe, secure, cost-effective, and energy-efficient transportation alternative. But because much of the system’s infrastructure is aging and constrained by capacity limitations, the CMTS is working to ensure that the MTS continues to meet the present and future needs of our nation... keep reading »

Bulletin Board
27 Mar

Obama Administration Report Includes Summary of CMTS Efforts in Support of Arctic Policy Development

A summary of CMTS efforts in support of Arctic policy development was included in the Obama Administration report highlighting progress made by the Federal government in the Arctic during 2014. ... view more »
National Strategy for the Arctic Region Implementation Report
2 Mar

CMTS Releases Report: “Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System”

The CMTS has issued the summary report of the biennial Marine Transportation System (MTS) research conference, “Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System,” held with the Transportation Research Board on June 24-26, 2014. ... view more »
Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System
24 Feb

CMTS Webinar: Federal Arctic MTS Activities Update

Over 60 participants joined the CMTS webinar Federal Arctic MTS Activities Update. Presentations were provided by Mr. Eric Cooper, Director, Arctic Region Policy, National Security Council, White House, regarding the recent Presidential Executive Order on the Arctic; CAPT John Mauger, Chief, Office of Design and Engineering Standards, USCG, regarding the IMO Polar Code; and Dr. Alyson Azzara, ICCT, and Mr. Gary Magnuson, CMTS, regarding the CMTS Ten-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the US Arctic. View the presentations by CAPT Mauger and the CMTS by clicking the links below. ... view more »
26 Jan

CMTS Releases Report: “A 10-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region”

CMTS has completed the report, “A 10-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region,” which provides estimates of vessel traffic (numbers of vessels and transits) based on modeling of current vessel activity patterns, growth potential, and vessel projection scenarios, including diversion from other routes, and oil and gas development. The report also completes the first milestone of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR) 2014 Implementation Plan, which is intended to guide Federal activities related to the construction, maintenance, and improvement of marine transportation Arctic infrastructure. ... view more »
24 Dec

Maritime Chapters of the World Ocean Assessment Available for Public Review until February 6, 2015

The draft of the first World Ocean Assessment (WOA) (http://www.worldoceanassessment.org/) has been released for public comment, including chapters on Ports and Shipping. On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, the CMTS been tasked to lead coordination of the U.S. review of these chapters. ... view more »
5 Dec

CMTS Maritime Energy Task Team (METT)

The CMTS Maritime Energy Task Team (METT) was established in December 2013 as an interagency forum for exchanging information and offering opportunities for interagency collaboration to examine a number of promising fuel efficiency measures and technologies and to address the challenges of retrofitting and the availability of fuel infrastructure. ... view more »
23 Oct

Dr. Julie Rosati Speaks to the CMTS on Resilience

Thursday, October 23, 2014, proved to be a very educational morning at the US Committee for the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). We had the honor of hearing Dr. Julie Rosati speak on “MTS Resilience: What is Resilience and How to Put it into Practice.” ... view more »
Dr. Julie Rosati Speaks to the CMTS on MTS Resilience
14 Oct

"Military to Mariner" Federal Roundtable

The CMTS conducted a "Military to Mariner" Federal Roundtable to discuss challenges and identify opportunities to facilitate the transition of former military service members to mariners. Sea service veterans possess valuable training and experience needed in the U.S. merchant marine. ... view more »
DOT Deputy Secretary Mendez Addresses the Roundtable
2 Oct

2013-2014 CMTS Annual Report Now Available

This report represents the accomplishments of the CMTS under the Chairmanship of the USCG. ... view more »
2013-2014 CMTS Annual Report
18 Sep

Updated MTS-Related Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) List Now Available

The CMTS has updated the list of MTS-Related Federal Advisory Committees (FACs), including the committee managers or Designated Federal Officer (DFO) contacts. There are currently 39 FACS that either deal with MTS-related issues or can impact the MTS under the Departments of Commerce, Transportation, Homeland Security, Defense, and others. ... view more »
MTS-Related Federal Advisory Committees (FACs)
16 Sep

Updated MTS Fact Sheet Available

The MTS Fact Sheet has been revised and updated with the newest MTS facts. Curious about the number of U.S. navigational buoys, the number of miles of commercially navigable U.S. waterways, or the amount and value of U.S. international trade carried by the MTS? We have your answers! ... view more »
MTS Fact Sheet
1 Jul

U.S. Coast Guard "Future of Navigation/21st Century Waterways—Listening Session Feedback" Survey

The U.S. Coast Guard has published its "Future of Navigation/21st Century Waterways—Listening Session Feedback" survey, and it is now available for input. ... view more »
17 Jun

CMTS Adopts S-100 as Preferred Data Framework

The Coordinating Board of the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System adopted the International Hydrographic Organization’s S-100 Universal Hydrographic Data Model as its preferred data framework for the dissemination and exchange of digital marine safety information and related MTS data collection requirements. ... view more »
CMTS Coordinating Board Resolution on the Adoption of the S-100 Marine Data Framework
6 Jun

CMTS-TRB R&D Conference

The Transportation Research Board and CMTS Conference "Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System" concluded on June 6, 2014, after showcasing 60 presentations, 3 plenary sessions, and exceptional keynote speakers. ... view more »
12 Dec

CMTS Annual Report

Mr. Dave Murk, past chair of the CMTS Coordinating Board, issued the summary report for his term: July 2012-June 2013. ... view more »
CMTS Summary Report: July 2012-June 2013
30 Jul

CMTS U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System Report

CMTS U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System Report Submitted by CMTS Chair Foxx to President Obama ... view more »
CMTS U S Arctic MTS Report
4 Apr

Federal Funding Handbook for MTS Infrastructure Published

On April 4, 2013, the CMTS Coordinating Board approved the Federal Funding Handbook for MTS Infrastructure, a single go-to source of recent (FY2012) and current funding programs for Marine Transportation System stakeholders. ... view more »
Federal Funding Handbook for MTS Infrastructure
1 Feb

CMTS Compendium Published

CMTS Publishes Compendium of Federal Programs in the Marine Transportation System ... view more »
20 Dec

CMTS Authorized by Congress

On December 20, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (Pub. L. No. 112-213). With this action, the CMTS is officially recognized by Congress and is authorized in law, giving our interagency Partnership new authority, new responsibilities, and new opportunities ... view more »
CMTS Authorizing Language
The CMTS is a Federal interagency coordinating committee directed by Congress and charter to improve the coordination of and make recommendations with regard to Federal policies that impact the MTS.