Posted: Monday, 09 May 2016

The CMTS report, "A Ten-Year Prioritization of Infrastructure Needs in the U.S. Arctic," presents a framework to address Arctic infrastructure gaps. It identifies critical requirements for a safe and secure U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System (MTS) to be implemented over the next decade. There are 43 recommendations covering five core MTS components (waterways management, physical infrastructure, information infrastructure, response services, and vessel operations). These components, if integrated over time, support the establishment of a stronger, more resilient U.S. Arctic MTS.

Access and read the CMTS Report, "A Ten-Year Prioritization of Infrastructure Needs in the U.S. Arctic,” at the following links:

Executive Summary (2016)

Full Report (2016)

The report also completes the second 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.

There will be a Webinar on June 2, 2016, to review the report and answer questions from tribal interests and maritime stakeholders:

OVERVIEW OF THE REPORT, "A Ten-Year Prioritization of Infrastructure Needs in the U.S. Arctic," Thursday, June 2, 2016, 2-4 pm EDT,, meeting # 8773361839, passcode 7705293; to hear the presentation, you must ALSO join by phone at 877-336-1839, passcode 7705293#. You are joining as a participant. The webinar may end early if participant questions have been addressed.

Please forward questions or comments regarding the report to

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.