Posted: Thursday, 07 January 2016

There are numerous interpretations and applications of the term "resilience" as it relates to the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and to the individual Federal agencies working with the MTS. The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) MTS Resilience Integrated Action Team (Resilience IAT) reviewed the range of factors impacting MTS resilience. A summary report, "U.S. Federal Activities Analyzing Marine Transportation System Resilience," identifies and categorizes MTS resilience factors and pinpoints the priority environmental and non-environmental resilience factors for Resilience IAT member agencies.

The goal of developing this report was to understand the scope of MTS resilience and highlight promising avenues for future work and collaboration. The report points out that agencies are investing in significant activities toward infrastructure resilience in terms of forecasting change, providing data and information, and managing and monitoring navigability as it relates to natural and built infrastructure as well as advancing the safety, environmental integrity, and economic visibility of the MTS. Two appendices are included with the summary report. Appendix A is a compilation of graphs that document the magnitude of agency activities for both environmental and non-environmental resilience factors. Appendix B contains a matrix that details the types of activities that each agency has undertaken for each of the resilience factors. Contacts: Katherine Touzinsky (, Julie Rosati (, and Audra Luscher (

U.S. Federal Activities Analyzing Marine Transportation System Resilience
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.