MARAD SIGNS MOU WITH MARINE EXCHANGES
The U.S. Maritime Administration has signed a memorandum of understanding this week with the Maritime Information Service of North America to further develop the nation’s marine transportation system.
The Maritime Information Service (MISNA) is a non-profit organization created to provide communications, information and services to ensure efficient and environmentally responsible maritime operations. Its membership is largely composed of maritime exchanges.
Services that the Maritime Information Service provides to its clients and government agencies include vessel monitoring, vessel arrivals and departures, vessel traffic analysis, ship tracking, and port and terminal use studies.
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta asked the Maritime Transportation System (MTS) Advisory Council to assess the nation’s marine system needs and report back to him with recommendations. The MOU requires the Maritime Information Service to offer MarAd ways to help improve the maritime system in the United States.
“This is an important step in the development of the MTS initiative from a grass-roots perspective,” said Maritime Administrator William G. Schubert. “Coordination at a regional level is vital. We look forward to working with MISNA to utilize their invaluable information network and craft a marine infrastructure improvement proposals that reflect local need.”