Now Open for Review and Public Comment “A Ten-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region, 2020–2030”

July 10, 2019
By Jessica Rohde

The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System’s Arctic Integrated Action Team is pleased to release the draft report, “A Ten-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region, 2020–2030” for review and public comment on or before July 31, 2019. The draft report may be accessed as both a PDF and a Word Document from https://www.cmts.gov/posts/790ca034-8429-421f-a708-c798c0213f40.

This report is an update to the CMTS’s 2015 report, “The 10-Year Projection Study of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic”. The new report expands on the 2015 report, and provides an overview of vessel activities in the U.S. Arctic and surrounding waters north of 60°N and expands the original report’s projection methodology. The report incorporates twenty-nine different sources of possible vessel activity growth, and extrapolates four different growth scenarios to 2030. This report aims to inform partners and stakeholders about potential changes in the U.S. Arctic’s rapidly changing marine transportation system to support a safe Arctic marine transportation system.

To support additional feedback on this document, the CMTS will host a virtual briefing on Tuesday, July 16 from 1:00–2:30 pm EST/ 10:00–11:30 a.m. AKST. This briefing will include a presentation on the report’s findings and will allow for questions and comments from meeting participants. All are welcome to attend, and feel free to circulate this notice among your colleagues.

  • Please join the virtual briefing by going to https://usdot.webex.com/meet/CMTS, and dial 1-877-336-1839 with passcode 2695056# to access the audio of the meeting.
  • No RSVP is required to attend.

The CMTS welcomes comments, corrections, and/or questions about this draft report on or before July 31, 2019. All comments, corrections, and questions may be submitted to ArcticMTS@cmts.gov. The final version of this report is expected to be released in September 2019 and will be made available via www.CMTS.gov.

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Alison Agather, NOAA

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