Posted: Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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.

The U.S. vision for e-Navigation (see the CMTS e-Navigation Strategic Action Plan,, February 2012) is to establish a framework that enables the transfer of data between and among ships and shore facilities and that makes the data usable for decision-making. The use of standards is a recognized method of facilitating such data transfers and harmonization.

The International Hydrographic Organization’s S-100 Universal Hydrographic Data Model and its supporting S-10x standards provide a framework for developing maritime data product specifications. The S-100 framework supports the delivery of navigation-related digital data sources and products to MTS stakeholders. Adoption of the S-100 framework by the CMTS partnership is recommended for the following reasons:

  • It provides the lexicon for converting data into meaningful marine safety information for MTS stakeholders
  • It will evolve without introducing new versions of adopted product specifications, providing flexibility as new national and international requirements are identified
  • It aligns with the International Standards Organization geospatial standards
  • It has been adopted by the International Maritime Organization, International Hydrographic Organization and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities as the preferred global standard for marine data and navigation products
  • It aligns U.S. e-Navigation initiatives with the international community

IMPLEMENTATION: CMTS member agencies will use their individual agency procedures to promote the use of the S-100 standards. Such procedures may include communications from agency leadership announcing that S-100 is the preferred method of standards development, providing for training and consultation as the standard comes into use, and advocating for widespread use of S-100 in individual agency and inter-agency applications.

CMTS Coordinating Board Resolution on the Adoption of the S-100 Marine Data Framework
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.