Posted: Friday, 05 December 2014

The CMTS Maritime Energy Task Team (METT) was established in December 2013 as an interagency forum for exchanging information and offering opportunities for interagency collaboration to examine a number of promising fuel efficiency measures and technologies and to address the challenges of retrofitting and the availability of fuel infrastructure.

The Task Team supports Federal efforts to address the issue of alternative ship fuels, including Liquified Natural Gas (LNG); to reduce the impact maritime transport has on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change; and to meet anticipated air pollution requirements on ships.

The Task Team is co-led by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and its membership is comprised of representatives from 13 CMTS member Departments and agencies: the DOE, MARAD, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), the US Coast Guard (USCG), the US Department of the Interior/Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (DOI/BOEM), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the US Department of State, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Navy, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Since February 2014, the Task Team has held 6 meetings to present and share information on maritime energy. Meetings have included presentations on the Navy’s Great Green Fleet Program; MARAD’s Biofuels, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), and Fuel Cell projects; the USDA’s Farm-to-Fleet Program; NOAA’s Dual-Fuel Project; and USDA, DOE, and Navy efforts to produce jet and diesel biofuels. In addition, guest presentations on LNG have been given by the Port of Pittsburgh, the Port of Jacksonville, and the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI).

The Task Team produced a compendium and a summary matrix of approximately 30 relevant Federal alternative fuels and natural gas activities carried out jointly or individually by CMTS agencies. The compendium and matrix are intended to be tools to help identify opportunities for interagency collaboration.

Use the following links to view these documents.

Compendium of Relevant Agency Activities:
http://www.cmts.gov/downloads/DRAFT_CMTS_Maritime_Energy_Task_Team_Compendium_v4.pdf

Summary Matrix:
http://www.cmts.gov/downloads/CMTS_Maritime_Energy_Task_Team_Matrix_4-15-14_NOAA.PDF

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.