May 17, 2022, 2 p.m. EDT, Webinar: Will Today's MTS Infrastructure Investments Meet the Needs of Tomorrow?

The CMTS is, once again, co-hosting a virtual panel discussion with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) during National United for MTS Infrastructure Week [ ] to be held Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 2 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The panel includes opening remarks by Ms. Lucinda Lessley, Chair of the CMTS Coordinating Board and Acting Administrator of the Maritime Administration and Mr. Chris Conner, President and CEO of AAPA. Four expert panelists will present their views of current infrastructure investments and meeting future MTS requirements.

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CMTS Publishes Fifth Edition of the Federal Funding Handbook for MTS Infrastructure

The CMTS has released the Fifth Edition of the Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure. New for 2022, the Fifth Edition includes detailed information about 77 current and 22 prior federal funding opportunities related to MTS infrastructure. These federal funding programs and opportunities provide funds in the form of loans, loan guarantees, grants, and other types of financial support. Hundreds of millions of federal dollars are provided by these programs to support U.S. marine transportation system infrastructure. The full publication can be found at the National Transportation Library at the following link:

The CMTS issues Assessment of the Marine Transportation System

The Assessment of the U.S. Marine Transportation System: Report to Congress was a requirement in the CMTS 2012 authorizing legislation and replaces the multiagency report issued through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in 1999 titled, An Assessment of the U.S. Marine Transportation System. The 2022 Assessment reviews the MTS in two general ways: 1. Overall assessment in the areas of: Infrastructure; Safety; Security; Environmental Stewardship; and 2. Highlight on Focus Areas: Arctic Maritime Transportation; MTS Resilience; Energy; MTS Performance Measures; and Impacts from COVID-19 Pandemic. The report is available at the National Transportation Library at

International Hydrographic Organization's S-100 Universal Hydrographic Data Model

On March 23, 2022 the CMTS Coordinating Board accepted the amendment to the 2014 CMTS Resolution that stated 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. This amendment reiterates the CMTS support for S-100 and that the CMTS member agencies are committed to identify specific S-100 product specifications that are within their mandate, and to coordinate interagency efforts in the development of these product specifications. For further information contact:

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The CMTS is pleased to announce a collaboration with the DOT National Transportation Library (NTL) to hold all digital documents from the CMTS going forward. With the recent temporary unavailability of the CMTS website, we recognized the need for a more permanent location for CMTS publications. Working within the NTL Repository & Open Science Access Portal or ROSA-P, the CMTS is now included in the collections at, along with other transportation-related information such as the Bureau of Transportation Statistics Maritime and Ports collection and Transportation Climate Change Clearinghouse. The CMTS is also providing non-DOT agency maritime-related products that have been associated with or reference the CMTS. The also means that links to CMTS products on the CMTS website will be the NTL link - a link that will never change!

Report: Response and Resilience of the Marine Transportation System after Major Hurricanes

In December 2021, the CMTS Maritime Resilience Integrated Action Team issued the third report in a series about the response and resilience of the marine transportation system after major hurricanes. This report, An Examination of Multi-Hazard Marine Transportation System (MTS) Response and Recovery Operations during the 2020 Hurricane Season, assessed the impacts to ports from the 2020 hurricane season and the challenges to federal agencies to respond under pandemic. Three storms were examined in-depth, due to their impacts on the MTS: Hurricanes Laura, Sally, and Delta. The report may be found at

CMTS, Embassies of Denmark and Norway Webinar on UNESCO Decade of the Ocean and Sustainable Marine Transportation System

Event Details: Tuesday, December 2, 2021 0900-1100 ET

In support of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable Development, the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) partnered with the Embassy of Denmark and Norwegian Embassy to co-host a virtual public forum for meaningful discussion on applied science and technologies toward a sustainable marine transportation system (MTS) for healthier oceans. The event also featured a panel of international representatives engaged in applied science and technologies fostering a more sustainable MTS.


U.S. Mariner Mental Health Needs During Covid-19 Survey Results Webinar - Slides & Report

Event Details: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The CMTS COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) hosted a webinar on November 22, 2021 to share results of the recent U.S. merchant mariner mental health survey. The webinar slide deck is available here. The survey report by Dr. Marissa Baker, Assistant Professor & Industrial Hygiene Program Director, University of Washington School of Public Health is available at

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Offshore Wind Energy Development Public Industry Listening Session

Event Details: Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 11–12:30 EST

The CMTS Offshore Energy Facilitation Task Team is hosting a virtual industry Listening Session to directly hear from segments of the offshore wind industry regarding issues and impacts in mitigating munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) within our continental shelf wind lease areas and near project areas including easements.

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Ms. Lucinda Lessley Designated As Chair Of The CMTS Coordinating Board

USDOT Under Secretary Carlos Monje designates Ms. Lucinda Lessley, Acting Administrator, as Chair of the CMTS Coordinating Board.

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CMTS Dei Resolution Approved

At the CMTS Coordinating Board meeting held July 21, 2021, the Board approved a CMTS proclamation on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This document sets a foundation for interagency engagement related to DEI within the CMTS member maritime agencies and in support of DEI within the marine transportation system. The Coordinating Board further approved the establishment of a "DEI Task Team" led by the CMTS Executive Secretariat which has begun developing a workplan to implement the directive which includes engagement with the Ship Operations Cooperative Program at their annual fall event in September 2021.