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Assessment of the Marine Transportation System (MTS) challenges : summary report
  • Published Date:
    2009-12-23
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF-2.84 MB]


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  • Alternative Title:
    MTS task 7 summary report
  • Resource Type:
  • Geographical Coverage:
  • Edition:
    Summary report
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE-Marine Economics and Finance ; NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Maritime Energy and Environment ; NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION ; NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-Marine Economics and Finance ; NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-Marine Energy and Environment ; NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-Marine Planning and Policy ; NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-Marine Safety ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Marine Planning and Policy ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Marine Safety ;
  • Abstract:
    The Volpe Center Report on the Assessment of the Marine Transportation System (MTS) Challenges has been prepared in support of the Committee on MTS (CMTS) mission to address critical MTS challenges through collaborative interagency efforts. The CMTS, chartered in July 2005 as a Cabinet-level forum created to implement the recommendations of the 2004 Ocean Action Plan, is comprised of 18 Federal Cabinet Secretaries and two independent agency Administrators with jurisdiction in MTS. The Report is closely aligned with the priorities of the MTS National Strategy, and envisioned as a comprehensive assessment of the MTS in six critical need areas: Infrastructure Capacity, Economic Competitiveness, Environmental Stewardship, Safety, Security, and Funding. The assessment is developed within a Risk and Resiliency Framework that identifies the systemic MTS threats and vulnerabilities and the attendant consequences of a disruption, concluding with a parallel assessment of the elements that contribute to the system resiliency – i.e., safeguards such as capability for adaptive/preventive response to threat, system fault-tolerance, redundant resources, and presence of buffers that mitigate the consequences of disruptive incidents. For each MTS component, the Report identifies the strategic priorities – e.g., facilitating global trade and ensuring continuity of operations and maritime safety and security – and the associated vulnerabilities, e.g., inadequate infrastructure capacity, port congestion, deteriorating condition of locks, dams and bridges, or shallow channels. Balancing these vulnerabilities are the identified system strengths that make the MTS potentially resilient: advanced navigation technologies and Search and Rescue (SAR) capabilities, and the vast underutilized resources and terminal assets of the inland waterways. The Report, vetted by the CMTS Integrated Action Team (IAT) and revised to reflect their comments and priorities, consists of a Summary Report and seven supporting Appendices, A through G, containing the Task Reports prepared for the six MTS need areas, plus a seventh Appendix on Short Sea Shipping.
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