COAST GUARD VESSEL TRAFFIC SYSTEMS: PRESENT AND FUTURE

R. A. Schwartz

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: With the passage of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972 on July 11, 1972, the U.S. Coast Guard assumed greatly expanded authority in the ports of the United States. The Act charges the Coast Guard with the responsibility for the establishment, operation and maintenance of Vessel Traffic Systems (VTS) in congested ports and waterways of the United States. These Vessel Traffic Systems, which are only a part of the Coast Guard’s increased involvement in maritime and harbor activities, are intended to reduce collisions, groundings and rammings thereby protecting the environment, safeguarding personnel and property and, as a recognized side benefit, improving the flow of traffic during all weather conditions.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 22, Number 1
Pages: 47 - 50
Cite this article: Schwartz, R. A., "COAST GUARD VESSEL TRAFFIC SYSTEMS: PRESENT AND FUTURE", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring 1975, pp. 47-50.
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