What is the future of e-Navigation? CMTS wants to hear from you

The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System, a federal inter-agency partnership that develops national MTS policy, is asking for your ideas on the future of e-navigation.

They’ve set up a unique online site to facilitate the conversation, and they invite anyone with an interest in the U.S. marine transportation system to join the discussion. (Deadline for comments is February 28.) For background, you might want to read the committee’s e-Navigation Strategic Action Plan.

DSC_0049As defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), e-navigation is “the harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation, and analysis of maritime information onboard and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth-to-berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment.”

The committee’s e-Navigation Integrated Action Team will consider your comments as they develop their work plan and recommendations. They will also provide an analysis of all of the feedback this spring or early summer.  We will let you know when the analysis is posted, or you can monitor the CMTS website.

Join the U.S. e-navigation conversation at http://enav.ideascale.com

The CMTS Integrated Action Team leads for e-navigation are NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Participating agencies are:

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Oceanographer of the Navy
  • Research and Innovative Technology Administration
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U.S. Transportation Command

3 thoughts on “What is the future of e-Navigation? CMTS wants to hear from you

  1. The human tendency to believe anything that comes from an electronic box will inevitably make e navigation more dangerous than ever as more info is packaged on a central screen. The use of glass windows will fade away more and more as TV screens proliferate.


  2. Although they are not involved in navigation per se, I am very surprised that there is not any indicated participation from either USGS or FEMA. And is NGA fall under the Oceanographer of the Navy? In any case, you would think that two agencies supplying critical US functions would be at the table here, even if only in an observing role.


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