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APPLYING ADVANCED INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO PORTS AND WATERWAYS MANAGEMENT

Committee on Maritime Advanced Information Systems

Marine Board

Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems

National Research Council


NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1999

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COMMITTEE ON MARITIME ADVANCED INFORMATION SYSTEMS

H. THOMAS KORNEGAY (chair),

Port of Houston Authority, Houston, Texas

WILLIAM A. WALLACE (vice chair),

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

ANNE D. AYLWARD,

Volpe Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

WILLIAM O. GRAY,

Gray Maritime Company, Darien, Connecticut

JERROL LARRIEU,

Port of New Orleans, Louisiana

ROBERT G. MOORE,

Coastwatch, Inc., Vashon, Washington

JOHN S. NIEDERHAUSER,

Puget Sound Pilots, Seattle, Washington

F.D.R. POSTHUMUS,

Sea-Land Service, Inc., Elizabeth, New Jersey

STEVE VALERIUS,

Hollywood Marine, Inc., Houston, Texas

E. CAMERON WILLIAMS,

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzard's Bay

RUSSELL WOODILL,

Council of American Master Mariners, Inc., Charleston, South Carolina

Liaisons of Sponsoring Agencies

WILLIAM A. BERGEN,

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.

MILLINGTON LOCKWOOD,

U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

MICHAEL ONDER,

U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.

JOHN PISANI,

U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.

J. MICHAEL SOLLOSI,

U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, D.C.

Marine Board Liaison

BERNHARD J. ABRAHAMSSON, independent consultant, Superior,

Wisconsin

Marine Board Staff

PETER A. JOHNSON, director,

Marine Board

CARLA MOORE, administrative assistant (until July 1996)

DELPHINE GLAZE, administrative assistant (July 1996 to May 1997)

THERESA M. FISHER, administrative assistant (from May 1997)

GARY BAHAM, consultant

LAURA OST, consultant

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MARINE BOARD

JAMES M. COLEMAN (chair),

NAE, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

JERRY A. ASPLAND (vice chair),

The California Maritime Academy, Vallejo

BERNHARD J. ABRAHAMSSON, consultant, Superior,

Wisconsin

LARRY P. ATKINSON,

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

PETER F. BONTADELLI,

California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento

LILLIAN C. BORRONE,

NAE, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

BILIANA CICIN-SAIN,

University of Delaware, Newark

SYLVIA A. EARLE,

Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Oakland, California

BILLY L. EDGE,

Texas A&M University, College Station

JOHN W. FARRINGTON,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

MARTHA GRABOWSKI,

LeMoyne College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

R. KEITH MICHEL,

Herbert Engineering, San Francisco, California

JEROME H. MILGRAM,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

JAMES D. MURFF,

Exxon Production Research Company, Houston, Texas

STEVEN T. SCALZO,

Foss Maritime Company, Seattle, Washington

MALCOLM L. SPAULDING,

University of Rhode Island, Narragansett

ROD VULOVIC,

Sea-Land Service, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina

E. G. "SKIP" WARD,

Texas A&M University, College Station

Staff

PETER A. JOHNSON, director

DANA CAINES, financial associate

SUSAN GARBINI, senior staff officer

THERESA M. FISHER, administrative assistant

DONNA HENRY, project assistant

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Preface

Recent advances in information technology could greatly improve the safety and efficiency of the U.S. maritime industry and the daily operations of ports and waterways. Advanced maritime information systems, singly or in combination, could ameliorate many problems faced by mariners if economic and other barriers to their implementation could be overcome. Improvements are already evident in other nations that have invested heavily in ports, advanced maritime information systems, and supporting infrastructures, leaving the United States at a growing disadvantage.

The Committee on Maritime Advanced Information Systems was established under the auspices of the Marine Board of the National Research Council to identify systems and their infrastructures that could promote safe and effective vessel transits through U.S. ports. In 1996, the committee released an interim report on a variety of issues related to the U.S. Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Services Program that set the stage for studies of additional safety and waterways management systems, as well as issues related to the efficiency of maritime commerce and the movement of cargo through U.S. ports.

In this final report, the committee has attempted to accomplish the following tasks:

  • identify ways that advanced maritime information systems could ameliorate current shortfalls and maintain or improve environmental protection and waterway safety
  • describe how those systems could minimize the costs and problems of adapting to changes in transportation and contribute to maintaining the nation's competitive position
  • provide a vision of the future showing how advanced information management systems could enhance vessel safety and waterway efficiency

After collecting a substantial amount of background information from the literature and stakeholders,1 the committee, with sponsor concurrence, decided to focus on information systems that promote navigation safety and improve vessel traffic management. Improvements in the systems offer the greatest benefits for improving U.S. port operations. The committee recognized that information systems that promote transportation efficiency are also important, but many effective systems are already in use or are under development, primarily in the private sector, to meet rigorous commercial demands for efficiency and customer service. The committee assessed these systems only insofar as they contribute to maritime safety. The committee also understands the critical role of information systems and information mapping in the context of intermodal transportation even though limitations of time and resources prevented the committee from focusing on this area.

Eleven of the original 15 committee members carried out this second phase of the study. Members were selected for their scientific, technical, economic, policy, and practical expertise. Committee members include users of maritime information systems, developers of technologies and systems, specialists in information architecture, individuals with expertise in key sectors of the maritime industry, and other stakeholders in port operations. Biographies of committee members are provided in Appendix A. The committee's work was facilitated by liaisons from the sponsoring agencies and the Marine Board.

The committee met eight times during the two-year period of this study. Individual committee members or subgroups visited 10 U.S. ports and several foreign ports where advanced information technology is used to enhance the movement and safety of vessel traffic and cargo handling operations. Since the publication of its interim report, the committee has held three meetings and two meetings of a subgroup, one in Charleston, South Carolina, and one in Seattle, Washington, to investigate existing information systems and identify critical needs for improvements or changes. The information collected by the subgroup and

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In this context, a stakeholder is a person or group with a vested interest in a project, proposal, or venture.

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other background material are presented in the appendices to the report.

The committee received substantial assistance from a number of federal, state, and local agencies, as well as from private companies. The committee would particularly like to thank the following federal liaisons for providing essential data and advice: Michael Sollosi, U.S. Coast Guard; Frederick Ganjon and Millington Lockwood, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; John Pisani, Maritime Administration; and Michael Onder, U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, the following experts made valuable presentations to the committee: Gordon Fink, ITS America; John Allen, Sealand Corp.; William Habeck, Tie Logistics, Inc.; Roger Nortillo, Maher Terminals; Brian FitzGibbon, Atlantic Tonnage Center; Timothy Huckbody, Maersk, Inc.; Capt. Richard Softe, Puget Sound Marine Exchange; Mark Walker, Microsoft, Inc.; CDR David McKenzie, U.S. Coast Guard, Puget Sound; Robert Pavia, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle; Stan Norman, Washington Office of Marine Safety; Joseph Nortz, Washington State Ferries; Douglas Ward, American President Lines; and Janice Granberg, Port of Seattle. These individuals and many others contributed to the completeness and quality of this report.

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspective and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report: Bernhard J. Abrahamsson, consultant; Larry P. Atkinson, Old Dominion University; John P. Basilotto, Texas Transportation Institute; Peter F. Bontadelli, California Department of Fish and Game; Martha Grabowski, LeMoyne College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Donald G. Iselin, U.S. Navy, retired; Warren G. Leback, consultant; and James G. Wenzel, Marine Development Associates, Inc.

While the individuals listed above have provided constructive comments and suggestions, it must be emphasized that responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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Figures and Boxes

Figures

1-1

 

History and forecast of waterborne foreign trade through U.S. ports

 

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3-1

 

Status of PORTS implementation (October 1998)

 

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3-2

 

PWASS project concept-VTS system based on automatic identification system (AIS)

 

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U.S. Coast Guard risk-based port selection process

 

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Vessel traffic management hierarchy

 

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Boxes

1-1

 

Nautical Charts Provide the Sole Means of "Seeing" Underwater and Dead Ahead

 

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1-2

 

Definition of VTS

 

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2-1

 

Tracking Hazardous Materials

 

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2-2

 

Listening to Stakeholders

 

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How AIS Works

 

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3-2

 

Information Systems and Partners in San Francisco Bay

 

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Acronyms


AIS

automatic identification system

APA

American Pilots Association


COPT

captain of the port


DGPS

differential global positioning system

DWT

deadweight tons


ECDIS

electronic chart display and information system


FCC

Federal Communications Commission


GMDSS

global maritime distress and safety system

GPS

global positioning system


IALA

International Association of Lighthouse Authorities

ICWM

Interagency Committee on Waterways Management

IMO

International Maritime Organization

ISM

International Safety Management

ITOS

international tug of opportunity system


LA/LB

Los Angeles/Long Beach


MARAD

Maritime Administration


NDS

national distress system

NIMA

National Imagery and Mapping Agency

NOAA

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration


PAWSS

ports and waterways safety system

PORTS

physical oceanographic real-time system


RNA

regulated navigation area


TEU

twenty-foot equivalent unit


USACE

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

USCG

U.S. Coast Guard


VTC

vessel traffic center

VTIS

vessel traffic information services

VTS

vessel traffic services

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The future safety of maritime transportation in the United States—a major factor in the nation's international trade and economic well-being—will depend heavily on the quality of port and waterways information systems. Many U.S. ports and waterways lack adequate information services, although certain elements of advanced systems are now available in some locations. Barriers to improvements in information systems include the division of responsibilities for waterways management among multiple agencies at all levels of government, a lack of coordination among the federal agencies responsible for waterways management, inadequate budgets for some critical maritime programs, the high costs of some specialized technologies, stakeholder opposition to user fees, limited access to certain key data, the incompatibility of many independently developed systems, and the absence of standards for some attractive technologies.

In this report, the second phase of a three-year study by the Committee on Maritime Advanced Information Systems of the National Research Council, a strategy is presented for overcoming the major barriers and deficiencies and providing a minimum level of maritime safety information nationwide. In this phase of the study, the committee concentrated on maritime information systems that promote safety, which is the area of greatest need. The committee did not examine in detail the relationship between navigation safety and maritime transportation efficiency or evaluate information systems that promote efficiency; the committee believes, however, that these issues deserve further attention.

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