CMTS Initiatives and Projects

Environmental Stewardship Discussion Group

"In the overall context of sustainable development, shipping, being the carrier of 90 percent of world trade, is a very positive force. The industry makes the functioning of the global economy possible, while having a relatively small negative impact on the global environment; however, low impact does not mean no impact. Shipping, by definition, is a very large industry and does have adverse affects on the world around it. As awareness grows about a number of environmental and public health concerns, people are paying closer attention to the impacts of shipping and driving legislative change on a number of issues."

Captain Khong Shen Ping, Assistant Chief Executive
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Integrated Action Team Leads:

CMTS
  • CMTS Executive Secretariat

Participating Agencies:

  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Oceanographer of the Navy
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Maritime Administration

Purpose:

To facilitate networking and information sharing for the advancement of knowledge regarding environmental issues, rules, and practices relevant to the MTS.

Value:

The ESDG meets quarterly according to an informal brown bag format, which allows for the free exchange of ideas and viewpoints among participants.

Status and Timelines:

April 23, 2012: The meeting explored current regulations and mitigation options for black carbon emissions.

June 29, 2011: The meeting focused on offshore wind energy development and the question of whether the MTS is currently capable of meeting projected industry requirements for the construction, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind energy facilities.

January 26, 2011: The meeting focused on the topic of aquatic invasive species, ballast water treatment technologies and standards, hull fouling, and the Vessel General Permit.

September 28, 2010: The meeting focused on Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.

July 14, 2010: The meeting focused on vessel emissions, the recently designated North American Emission Control Area, implications for regulators and operators, the evolution of emission reduction technologies, fuel availability, and heretofore unregulated vessel emissions (i.e. greenhouse gasses).

May 20, 2010: Inaugural Environmental Stewardship Discussion Group meeting

ESDG Black Carbon Summary

Military to Mariner (M2M) Initiative

CMTS M2M Initiative Lead:

CMTS
  • Maritime Administration

Participating Agencies:

  • Military Sealift Command
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Defense (OSD)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (VETS)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Transportation Command
  • U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TWIC)

Purpose:

The purpose of the CMTS Military to Mariner (M2M) Initiative is to help coordinate Federal efforts to facilitate the transition from military service to civilian employment in the U.S. Merchant Marine and/or other positions within the Marine Transportation System.

Value:

Military sea-service veterans have specialized training and experience needed by the United States Merchant Marine. Facilitating the transfer from military service to merchant mariner increases the number of qualified mariners needed to support our economy and national defense.

Status and Timelines:

April 2015: A second CMTS Military to Mariner Federal Workshop featured an overview of VETS programs and services by Department of Labor Veterans Education and Training Service (VETS) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Teresa “Terry” Gerton. Ms. Gerton’s presentation is available for viewing here. Additionally, John Schwartz, the Transportation Security Administration’s Maritime Program Director for the Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC), gave a presentation on the TWIC program. Click here to view Mr. Schwartz’s presentation. The second CMTS Military to Mariner Federal Workshop included increased participation from the Navy Education and Training Command (NETC).

October 2014: CMTS Military to Mariner Federal Roundtable. Participants discussed the challenges and identified opportunities for Federal collaboration to facilitate the Military to Mariner transition.

September 2014: The CMTS Coordinating Board approved the addition of a CMTS Military to Mariner Initiative to the CMTS Work PlanThe NEI Task Team established a process to monitor export container availability.

Resource Links:

MARAD Military to Mariners Information Page
Overview for Veterans about the U.S. Merchant Marine, including how to (1) organize their military records, (2) how to obtain merchant mariner credentials and documents, and (3) how to find out more about training, employment programs, and resources.
www.marad.dot.gov/mariners_landing_page/veterans/Veterans-Military-to-Mariners.htm

Coast Guard National Maritime Center
Federal agency responsible for evaluating qualifications and issuing merchant mariner documents and credentials.
www.uscg.mil/nmc

National Maritime Center Brochure on Documenting Military Sea Service
Specific information and links for sea-service veterans about how to obtain credit for military sea service.
www.uscg.mil/nmc/about_us/brochures/Military_Brochure.pdf

Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS)
VETS serves America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.
www.dol.gov/vets

Response to the National Ocean Council’s Priority Objectives

"The ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes provide jobs, food, energy resources, ecological services, recreation, and tourism opportunities and play critical roles in our nation’s transportation, economy, and trade, as well as the global mobility of our armed forces and the maintenance of international peace and security."

Executive Order No. 13547
Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

Integrated Action Team Leads:

CMTS
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Participating Agencies:

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U.S. Transportation Command

Purpose:

To make recommendations and identify areas where common interests and goals exist between the CMTS and the National Ocean Council (NOC).

To examine the recommendations of the President’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force report relative to the MTS.

Value:

CMTS member agency staff participated in NOC working groups and provided timely input toward the development of draft strategic action plans.

The MTS is a critical component of National Ocean Policy, and the CMTS offers expertise and an established forum with a proven track record of facilitating inter-departmental cooperation and collaboration.

The NOC invited the CMTS to hold an ex officio position on its interagency policy committees.

Status and Timelines:

July 13, 2011: Report approved by the CMTS Coordinating Board and transmitted to the Chair of the NOC

July 13, 2011: Task team stood down

CMTS Ocean Policy Response Paper

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.