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
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.