Welcome to The CMTS

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
5 Dec
2014

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 »
29 Oct
2014

CMTS Webinar - Vessel Activity in the U.S. Arctic

The CMTS requests suggestions toward an analysis being conducted on vessel activity in the U.S. Arctic over the next ten years. Suggestions may be provided through Friday, November 14, 2014. A webinar with conference call is being presented on Thursday, November 6, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm EST, to receive oral contributions. Click the link below for further information about the effort and how to provide your recommendations.
CMTS Requests Suggestions Regarding Ten-Year Projection of Vessel Activity in the U.S. Arctic
23 Oct
2014

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
2014

"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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2014

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
2013

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
2013

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
2013

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
2013

CMTS Compendium Published

CMTS Publishes Compendium of Federal Programs in the Marine Transportation System ... view more »
20 Dec
2012

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.