Marine Safety: Current Status of the VTS 2000 Program and Key Stakeholders’ Views on It
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Marine Safety: Current Status of the VTS 2000 Program and Key Stakeholders’ Views on It

  • 1996-04-25

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      This is the statement of Gerald L. Dillingham, Associate Director, Transportation and Telecommunications Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Division before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives. It discusses the Coast Guard's vessel traffic service (VTS) 2000 program, a proposed initiative to build new or improved VTS systems at up to 17 U.S. ports. VTS systems typically use radar or closed-circuit television linked to a central data-gathering location, called a vessel traffic center. This center monitors vessel traffic in port areas and provides information to vessels in these areas on such matters as marine traffic, tides, weather conditions, and emergencies. This testimony is based on a recently issued report to this Subcommittee and covers four topics: (1) the current status of the Coast Guard's development of VTS 2000, (2) the extent that key stakeholders (shippers operating in the ports, marine pilots, and port officials) support acquiring and funding VTS 2000, (3) the extent that key stakeholders are interested in acquiring and funding lower-cost VTS systems (if they are not supportive of VTS 2000), and (4) other issues that could affect the establishment of privately funded VTS systems. (11 p.)
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