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

Posted On: November 03, 2021
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) is partnering 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 webinar will be held virtually via WebEx on Tuesday, December 14 from 0900 – 1100 U.S. Eastern Time. Opening remarks will be provided by Ms. Lucinda Lessley, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration, with an overview on Decade of the Ocean provided by Mr. Julian Barbiére, Head of Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section, Ocean Decade Focal Point, UNESCO - IOC.

The event will also feature a panel of international representatives engaged in applied science and technologies fostering a more sustainable MTS to include Dr. Arne Fredheim, Research Director with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Mr. Claus Winter Graugaard, Head of Onboard Vessel Solutions with the Maersk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, and Dr. Joe Pratt, CEO and CTO of Zero Emission Industries. Ms. Helen Brohl, Executive Director of the CMTS will moderate the event. We invite you to join us as we envision sustainable development of the MTS for healthier oceans.

Webinar: U.S. Mariner Mental Health Needs During Covid-19 Survey Results

Posted On: November 02, 2021
Event Details: Monday, November 1, 2021, 2–3:30 EST

On Monday, November 22, 2021, the CMTS COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) hosted a webinar to share results of the recent U.S. merchant mariner mental health survey. This survey was supported by Centers for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC), the COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) and the Ship Operations Cooperative Program. The confidential survey was conducted independently by Dr. Marissa Baker , Assistant Professor & Industrial Hygiene Program Director, University of Washington School of Public Health. Individual responses were kept confidential at the School and was issued between January and July 2021. Results from the survey were shared by Dr. Baker with all interested stakeholders at the public webinar. The webinar slide deck is available here

Dr. Baker's final report on the survey is available at http://deohs.washington.edu/mariner-mental-health.

The C-19 WG serves as the CMTS forum for facilitating high-level interagency discussion, communication, and actions in support of the MTS under and after COVID-19. The following resources were developed by the C-19 WG for mariners and the U.S. Marine Transportation System:

CMTS COVID-19 Working Group Nov 18, 2020 Webinar: COVID-19 Testing Strategies for U.S. Merchant Mariners - Slides
Catalog of COVID-19 Federal Guidance and References for the U.S. Maritime Industry
Catalog of COVID-19 Best Management Practices for the U.S. Maritime Industry
Catalog of Mental Health Resources for U.S. Merchant Mariners and Critical Workforce in the Marine Transportation System


For more information on this webinar, please see notice here or contact the CMTS at C19WG@cmts.gov

Offshore Wind Energy Development Public Industry Listening Session

Posted On: October 01, 2021
Event Details: Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 11–12:30 EST

The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) Offshore Energy Facilitation Task Team (Offshore Energy TT) is hosting a virtual Industry Listening Session on Tuesday, November 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST, to directly hear from segments of the offshore wind industry regarding issues and impacts in mitigating munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) within outer continental shelf wind lease areas and near project areas including easements. Industry stakeholders are invited to articulate their current concerns and any recommendations related to MEC at the virtual listening session or in writing to OffshoreEnergy@cmts.gov by December 15, 2021.

Offshore Wind Energy Development: Public Industry Listening Session Regarding Mitigation of Munitions and Explosives of Concern Within Offshore Wind Lease Areas

Additional info: The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) Offshore Energy Facilitation Task Team (Offshore Energy TT) is hosting a virtual Industry Listening Session on Tuesday, November 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST, to directly hear from segments of the offshore wind industry regarding issues and impacts in mitigating munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) within outer continental shelf wind lease areas and near project areas including easements. Industry stakeholders are invited to articulate their current concerns and any recommendations related to MEC at the virtual listening session or in writing to OffshoreEnergy@cmts.gov by December 16, 2021.

To Access the Listening Session via TEAMS ~ Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only), (US) 509-931-1572, Passcode 305506280#.

Offshore wind energy stakeholders who intend to speak at this session are requested to email OffshoreEnergy@cmts.gov by Friday, November 12, 2021 to be included with a list of presenters. The order of presenters is first-come, first-served. We appreciate if remarks could be kept to a ten-minute summary and one person per company. Additional comments may be submitted to OffshoreEnergy@cmts.gov. This Listening Session is intended to hear stakeholder input without engaging in a dialog. Once all oral comments or those received via the chat function in the TEAMS application during the webinar have been received, the session may disband early. Written comments will be accepted until December 16, 2021.

Who Should Attend: Lessees; Contractors; Support Services; Response Organizations, Safety Committees, Training Organizations, etc.

We welcome comments related to the following questions:

What are your current ongoing MEC / UXO related challenges, issues, unresolved concerns, and how often do you encounter them? What are the lessons learned by your previous experiences handling MECs / UXOs? What steps can the Task Team take to facilitate industry's development efforts to fill any identified gaps in existing best practices and protocols? Please direct questions to OffshoreEnergy@cmts.gov.

CMTS Infrastructure Week Event: Infrastructure in the Arctic, Building for Tomorrow

Posted On: April 03, 2019
Event Details: Friday, May 5 2019 11:00AM – 12:30 PM EST
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor, DC


The U.S. Arctic's extreme operating environment poses unique challenges to land and coastal-based infrastructure development. Please join the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) and the Wilson Center Polar Institute for a conversation on these challenges and how they affect projections of future maritime traffic, existing development activities, and the emerging vision of the Alaska of tomorrow.

This event is free, but registration is requested. To register, please visit: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/infrastructure-the-arctic-building-for-tomorrow
Date: Friday, May 17, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004

Kodiak Welcome Ambassador David Balton, Senior Fellow, Wilson Center Polar Institute Panel Discussion

Moderator: Ms. Helen Brohl Executive Director, U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System Ms. Sarah Harrison Arctic Marine Transportation Specialist, U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System Ms. Sherri Goodman Senior Fellow, Wilson Center Polar Institute Mr. Jeff San Juan (Invited) Senior Infrastructure Development Finance Officer, Alaska Industrial Development & Export Authority Mayor Richard Beneville Mayor, Nome, Alaska Audience Q&A Infrastructure Week 2019 For the past four years, the CMTS has been participating in national Infrastructure Week to bring attention to the significance of marine transportation system infrastructure within national infrastructure discussions. Infrastructure Week (May 13-20, 2019) is a collaborative effort by businesses, civic groups, organizations, and other infrastructure stakeholders to bring awareness to the importance of infrastructure in our nation. Through events, advocacy, webinars, and social media taking place around the country, participants will bring attention to infrastructure. Infrastructure Week is the largest, most diverse, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to strengthening America by rebuilding our infrastructure.

Ocean Policy Roundtable: What’s Marine Transportation Got to Do with It?

Posted On: September 03, 2018
Event Details: Wednesday, September 26, 2021, 1–3 EST

Please join the CMTS and the Wilson Center Polar Initiative on Wednesday, September 26, 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. for a conversation about the intersection of marine transportation and ocean policy: "Ocean Policy Roundtable: What’s Marine Transportation Got to Do with It?"

The roundtable will take place at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Wilson Center Auditorium, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. In June 2018, President Trump released Executive Order 13840, which outlined the Administration’s ocean policy to advance the economic, security, and environmental interests of the United States. The Executive Order specifically calls for federal agencies to facilitate the economic growth of coastal communities and promote ocean industries. While not specifically mentioned in the Executive Order, the marine transportation system underpins vital components of ocean industries, including aspects of the Blue Economy.

Following an introduction by Mr. Deerin Babb-Brott, Principle Assistant Director of Oceans and Environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy, panelists will discuss their diverse perspectives on ocean policy and marine transportation in a conversation moderated by Ms. Helen Brohl, Executive Director of the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System.

Panelists include:

RDML Shep Smith, Director of the Office of Coast Survey, NOAA RADM Jon White, PhD, USN (Ret), President and CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership RADM Dave Titley, PhD, USN (Ret), Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, The Pennsylvania State University Mr. Pål Somdalen, Counselor for Trade and Industrial Affairs, Royal Norwegian Embassy Mr. Malte Søndergaard, Maritime Advisor, Danish Embassy This public event is free to attend. To attend in person, please register at https://engage.wilsoncenter.org/onlineactions/nDZwohs7IEiM1kXUEv3GcA2. For those unable to attend in person, a livestream of the event will be available at https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/ocean-policy-roundtable-whats-marine-transporation-got-to-do-it.

For further information, please contact Sarah.Harrison@cmts.gov or 202-366-3612.

CMTS Speaker Series: EPA's Ports Initiative and Partnership with Port Everglades to Refine Emission Inventory Methods and Analyze Reduction Strategies

Posted On: June 08, 2018
Event Details: Monday, July 1, 2008, 2:30–4 EST

Please join the CMTS on Monday, July 30, 2:30-4:00 p.m. EDT for a CMTS Speaker Series event presented by Rob Schweinfurth, Sarah Froman, Meg Patulski, and Daniel Bizer-Cox from U.S. EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
Investing in port infrastructure and operations is vital to America's business competitiveness and economic prosperity. This webinar will explore the tools and methods available for developing baseline emission inventories and reduction strategies that ports could explore to support environmental goals and prioritize future investment. Presenters will provide an overview of the EPA Ports Initiative, which support efforts to improve efficiency, enhance energy security, save costs, and reduce harmful health impacts by advancing next-generation, clean technologies and practices at ports. The Ports Initiative also facilitates collaboration between the port industry, communities, and all levels of government to help ensure timely and effective infrastructure developments. To demonstrate the importance of collaboration with non-federal partners at ports, our presenters will also review some of the key findings from the EPA's recent partnership with Port Everglades, which aimed to better understand mobile source emissions at ports.
Participants wishing to attend in person may do so at USDOT (1200 New Jersey AVE SE, Washington, DC 20590). For further information and to RSVP to attend in person, please contact Sarah Harrison (Sarah.Harrison@cmts.gov) by July 25.
To download this information, please see the informational flyer.

Industry Outreach Seminar On Maritime Infrastructure

Posted On: May 03, 2018
Event Details: Monday, June 1, 2018, 1–3 EST

Please join the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) and its Marine Transportation System (MTS) Federal partners as they share their vision on maritime infrastructure. Infrastructure in this context addresses not only physical infrastructure, but also informational infrastructure (such as aids to navigation, nautical charts, and real-time meteorological and oceanographic services) and mariner needs.
This seminar provides the opportunity to connect with maritime agencies including U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Maritime Administration, Department of Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection, and others on their status and priorities for maritime infrastructure.

Date: Monday, June 11, 2018 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Location: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey AVE SE, Washington, DC 20590

Please RSVP to Jaya.Ghosh@cmts.gov by Wednesday, June 6, 2018. RSVP is required to be added to the USDOT Building Access List.

Speaker Series on Maritime Port Resilience: Lessons from the 2017 Hurricane Season

Posted On: June 08, 2018
Event Details: Monday, July 1, 2008, 2:30–4 EST

Speaker Series on Maritime Port Resilience: Lessons from the 2017 Hurricane Season

The 2017 hurricane season was a time of significant disruption to the Marine Transportation System (MTS), resulting in significant economic, social, and logistical challenges. As we examine the MTS response and recovery to these events, we are provided with the opportunity to garner recommendations for more resilient MTS infrastructure through the consideration of interagency cooperation and best practices.

Please join the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) during National Infrastructure Week 2018 for a discussion on port infrastructure resilience and lessons learned from the dramatic 2017 hurricane season. This discussion provides the opportunity to learn from Federal MTS agencies and stakeholders, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection, and the American Association of Port Authorities.

Date: Friday, May 18, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST
Location: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey AVE SE, Washington, DC 20590

CMTS Speaker Series: NOAA's Big Data Project

Posted On: April 02, 2018
Event Details: Monday, April 5, 2018, 10 EST

Please join us at the U.S. Department of Transportation on April 20, 2018 at 10 a.m. EDT for a presentation by Dr. Ed Kearns, NOAA's first ever Chief Data Officer. Dr. Kearns currently leads NOAA's Big Data Project, which aims to expand the use of NOAA's rich datasets through Cloud platforms and partnerships with the private sector. Dr. Kearns will discuss the Big Data Project, including aims and future outcomes of this endeavor, and speak about the value of accessing big data more broadly. There will also be time for questions and discussion amongst attendees.

CMTS Webinar on Veteran Employment Resources for the Maritime Industry

Posted On: March 5, 2018
Event Details: Wednesday March 3, 2018, 1-2:30 EST Via webinar

The CMTS is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, March 14 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST with Mr. Mark Toal, National Veterans’ Employment Outreach Manager at the U.S. Department of Labor. The webinar will address Federal, State, and local resources that can assist employers to find, hire, and train veterans in the maritime transportation industry. Click here to download the flyer. Presentation Materials: If you are unable to access the online WebEx platform, you can follow along with the presentation available here (Veteran Employment Resources for the Maritime Industry). Please also see the Employer Guide to Hiring Veterans for additional resources on this topic. This webinar is part of a series hosted by the CMTS on education and outreach to support our U.S. Merchant Mariners.

CMTS Webinar on Merchant Mariner Medical Certification

Posted On: February 03, 2018
Event Details: Monday March 12, 2018, 2-3:30 EST Via webinar

The CMTS is hosting a webinar on Monday, March 12 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST with Captain Kirsten Martin, Commanding Officer of the National Maritime Center (NMC), and Dr. Laura Torres-Reyes, Medical Evaluations Division Chief at the NMC. The webinar will address the upcoming changes in the merchant mariner medical certification and provide an opportunity for Q&A Captain Martin and Dr. Torres-Reyes on the medical certification. The medical certification is one component of applying for a merchant mariner credential.

Presentation Materials: If you are unable to access the online WebEx platform, you can follow along with the presentation available here (NMC Medical Certification Webinar Presentation).

This webinar is part of a series hosted by the CMTS on education and outreach to support our U.S. Merchant Mariners.

CMTS Webinar on Merchant Mariner Medical Certification

Posted On: February 03, 2018
Event Details: Monday March 12, 2018, 2-3:30 EST Via webinar

Infrastructure Week, May 16-23, 2016

Posted On: May 03, 2016
Event Details: Monday May 1, 2016

Infrastructure Week (May 16-23, 2016) is a collaborative effort by businesses, civic groups, organizations, and other infrastructure stakeholders to bring awareness to the importance of infrastructure in our nation. Through events, advocacy, webinars, and social media taking place around the country, participants will bring attention to infrastructure. Infrastructure Week is the largest, most diverse, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to strengthening America by rebuilding our infrastructure. See how you can be involved at http://infrastructureweek.org.

CMTS Involvement: The CMTS is engaging in Infrastructure Week to support infrastructure within the Marine Transportation System (MTS). Follow us on our social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) to bring awareness to MTS infrastructure. You, too, can engage in the conversation using the Infrastructure Week hashtag #InfrastructureMatters. To learn more about the CMTS’s work in MTS infrastructure, visit our Infrastructure Investment Integrated Action Team webpage, and check out our newly released report on A Ten-Year Prioritization of Infrastructure Needs in the U.S. Arctic.

CMTS Speaker Series: Dennis Lambert (Chair, P3 Waterways Infrastructure Subcommittee, ASCE’s Coastal, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute) will provide an overview of his engagement with the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Alternative Financing Team to evaluate and implement financing options, including P4’s. P4’s are Public-Public-Private Partnerships where USACE partners with local non-Federal, public project sponsors who have financing relationships with private sector investments. The event will take place at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters on May 24, 2016, from 2:30 to 4:00 PM. To RSVP and for more information, please email Jaya Ghosh.

Resources for You: Below are resources that you can use during Infrastructure Week to engage with stakeholders on the importance of developing and supporting our marine transportation infrastructure. Please feel free to use them, along with other resources available on our website, to spread the message about the importance of the marine transportation system.

MTS Matters Infographic
MTS Infrastructure Matters Talking Points
MTS Fact Sheet
Sample of CMTS Resources

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