PORTS® (Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System)

The National Ocean Service (NOS) is responsible for providing real-time oceanographic data and other navigation products to promote safe and efficient navigation within U.S. waters. The need for these products is great and rapidly increasing; maritime commerce has tripled in the last 50 years and continues to grow. Ships are getting larger, drawing more water and pushing channel depth limits to derive benefits from every last inch of draft. By volume, more than 95 percent of U.S. international trade moves through the nation's ports and harbors, with about 50 percent of these goods being hazardous materials. A major challenge facing the nation is to improve the economic efficiency and competitiveness of U.S. maritime commerce, while reducing risks to life, property, and the coastal environment. With increased marine commerce comes increased risks to the coastal environment, making marine navigation safety a serious national concern. From 1996 through 2000, for example, commercial vessels in the United States were involved in nearly 12,000 collisions, allisions, and groundings.

Publisher - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Subjects - Marine, Navigation

Collection: Section 2: Water Quality (2014)

Citation: NOAA. 2014. PORTS® (Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System). Washington (DC): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).