Inquiries regarding the Marine Board and TRB's port, waterway, and marine transportation activities should be directed to Scott Brotemarkle.
2014 Marine Board Call for Nominations
The Marine Board serves the nation and its sponsoring federal agencies by providing technical and policy evaluations and advice in areas related to marine transportation. The Marine Board is seeking nominations for new members to be appointed to 3-year terms that would commence on 1 November 2014. There will be up to three (3) vacancies on the Board in 2014 and there is particular interest in candidates with expertise in the following areas: Marine Environmental Policy, Ship Operations and Management/Liner Operations, and Vessel Operations/Pilotage. If you wish to nominate individuals for consideration by the selection committee, please complete the nomination form and return it to Marine Board Staff Director Scott Brotemarkle on or before July 7, 2014.
Meeting: Marine Board 2013 Spring Meeting
April 10-11, 2013
The Marine Board held its 2013 Spring Meeting at the National Academies NAS Building on April 10-11, 2013. Presentations from these sessions are now available.
Meeting: Marine Board 2012 Fall Meeting
October 17, 2012
At its 2012 Fall Meeting in Seattle, Washington, the Marine Board expressed appreciation to the outgoing chair, Dr. Michael Bruno of the Stevens Institute of Technology, who passed the gavel to incoming chair, Dr. Thomas Leschine from the University of Washington, while VADM James Card (USCG, Ret.) assumed the position of vice chair. The Board also welcomed three (3) new members:
Jeanne M. Grasso is a partner at Blank Rome in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on maritime, international, and environmental law for clients worldwide. Ms. Grasso counsels owners and operators of vessels, cargo owners and facilities, including manufacturing facilities, both marine-side and inland. Her practice involves compliance counseling related to the U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Maritime Administration, among other federal and state agencies; maritime environmental compliance and training in connection with federal and state requirements; pollution incident response; coastwise trade matters; and maritime and chemical security compliance and training. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Ms. Grasso worked in the Office of Congressional Affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), handling fisheries and oceans matters. She also served as staff to the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries.
Karlene H. Roberts is Professor Emeritus at the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has taught since 1969. Dr. Roberts served as chair of the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, as Associate Dean and Director of the Undergraduate School of Business Administration, and as a Research Psychologist in the Institute of Industrial Relations. She has been a consultant to numerous public and private sector clients, including, among others, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency and companies such as Siemens Worldwide, Kansai Electric Power Company, StatOil, BP, and the Oil and Gas Advisory Council, Maximo, a division of IBM. She has served on numerous National Research Council study committees on topics relating to human performance, organizational systems, and safety; federal facilities asset management, navigation and piloting; security; and human-systems integration.
Elmer P. Danenberger retired from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service January 2010, after a 38-year career at the district, regional and headquarters levels. For the six years prior to retirement, he served as Chief, Offshore Regulatory Programs with responsibiity for safety, environmental, and conservation standards for offshore oil and gas operations; regulatory, enforcement, and engineering programs for oil and gas operations in Federal waters; standards, regulations, and monitoring programs for renewable energy and alternate uses of offshore facilities; management of research programs to assess petroleum and renewable energy development capabilities and risks; direction of accident investigations; and coordination of offshore and regulatory activities with oil and gas producers, contractors, Federal and state agencies, and international partners. Mr. Danenberger has worked in all four U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) regions: Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, Pacific, and Atlantic.
Workshop: Marine Board Workshop: Safe Navigation in the Arctic
October 15-16, 2012
Presentations are now available.
TRB cosponsored the Marine Board Workshop: Safe Navigation in the U.S. Arctic on October 15-16, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The workshop explored the navigation safety challenges resulting from environmental changes in the Arctic.
These changes are resulting in expanded commercial shipping and offshore operations, as well as the risks associated with navigation under existing ocean and infrastructure conditions. The workshop featured invited presentations and discussions on options, such as new infrastructure, policies, practices, and international partnerships, that could help ensure safe navigation in U.S. Arctic waters.
Conference: Joint Conference of Harbor Safety Committees and Area Maritime Security Committees
August 28-30, 2012
Presentations are now available.
TRB/Marine Board is cosponsored the Annual Harbor Safety Committee and Area Maritime Security Committee Conference on August 28-30, 2012, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference focused on best practices and new ideas and technology to address critical safety and security issues. The overall theme of the 2012 conference: "America's Maritime Infrastructure: Investing for Safety, Security, and Prosperity".
Conference: Diagnosing the Marine Transportation System: Measuring Performance and Targeting Improvement
June 26-28, 2012
Presentations are now available.
TRB's Marine Board cosponsored the conference on Diagnosing the Marine Transportation System: Measuring Performance and Targeting Improvement on June 26-28, 2012 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C. The conference was a forum to examine the use of performance metrics in maritime transportation and waterways management. Through collaborative input from stakeholders in government, academia, and the private sector, conference participants explored how the marine transportation system and intermodal connectors perform through the application of performance metrics.
Special Report: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems
TRB Special Report 309: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems recommends that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) take a holistic approach to evaluating the effectiveness offshore oil and gas industry operators’ Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) programs. According to the report, this approach should, at a minimum, include inspections, audits by the operator and BSEE, key performance indicators, and a whistleblower program. SEMS is a safety management system(SMS) aimed at shifting from a completely prescriptive regulatory approach to one that is proactive, risk based, and goal oriented in an attempt to improve safety and reduce the likelihood that events similar to the April 2010 Macondo incident will reoccur. The study committee was chaired by past Marine Board member, Kenneth Arnold (NAE).
Report: Macondo Well Deepwater Horizon Blowout: Lessons Learned for Improving Offshore Drilling Safety
The final report of the Committee on the Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future is now available from National Academies Press, either in hard copy or free on-line at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13273#toc
Meeting: Marine Board 2012 Spring Meeting
May 14-15, 2012
The Marine Board held its 2012 Spring Meeting at the National Academies Keck Center on May 14-15, 2012. Presentations from these sessions are now available.
Announcement: Short Documentary Organized by Former Marine Board Member, Stephen Flynn
Former Marine Board member, Stephen Flynn, President of the Center for National Policy, had the lead organizing a 9/11 remembrance event in Washington, D.C. The event opened with the premier of a short documentary narrated by Tom Hanks on the maritime evacuation of lower Manhattan on 9/11. "BOATLIFT - An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience" was broadcast by CNN during the noon hour of their special 9/11 coverage. It is also available on a new website launched at the 9/11 event: www.road2resilience.org.
The Marine Board held its 2011 Fall Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska on September 6-9. The overall theme of the meeting was "Maritime Commerce in a Changing Arctic". Featured speakers included Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo, Commander of the 17th U.S. Coast Guard District. Distinguished panels of experts from the U.S. and Canadian governments, the private sector, and academia participated in sessions covering a broad range of topics relating to international initiatives in the Arctic, offshore oil and gas development in the U.S. Arctic, Arctic shipping and vessel activity, and initiatives in charting, navigation aids, ice forecasting, and icebreaking. Presentations and videos from these sessions are now available.
Report: Interim Report on the Effectiveness of Safety and Environmental Management Systems for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Operations
TRB has released an interim report of the committee examining methods for assessing the effectiveness of an operator’s Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) program on any given offshore drilling or production facility. The letter report presents nine methods for evaluating the effectiveness of an operator’s (i.e., lessee’s) SEMS program, presents the benefits and disadvantages of each method, identifies entities that could perform the audits, specifies the range of potential roles and qualifications of the auditors and of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) inspectors who will conduct or oversee the SEMS audits, and presents various methods that could be employed to conduct the audits.
The committee that released the report was formed by the Marine Board, under the auspices of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, in response to a request of the Minerals Management Service (MMS)—now the BOEMRE. The final report, to be completed later this year, will present the committee’s assessment of different methods for auditing an offshore drilling and production SEMS program and will recommend what it considers to be the best method. The report will not be released until after the release of the report of the National Academy of Engineering–National Research Council Committee for the Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future, so that the findings and recommendations of that committee’s work on drilling operations can be taken into account.
Report: Assessing the Relationship Between Propagule Pressure and Invasion Risk in Ballast Water
A Report in Brief on the report is available online.
The Board on Water Science and Technology, partt of the National Academies’ Division on Earth and Life Studies, has released a report designed to help inform the regulation of ballast water by helping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard better understand the relationship between the concentration of living organisms in ballast water discharges and the probability of nonindigenous organisms successfully establishing populations in U.S. waters.
The report evaluates the risk-release relationship in the context of differing environmental and ecological conditions,including estuarine and freshwater systems as well as the waters of the three-mile territorial sea. It recommends how various approaches can be used by regulatory agencies to best inform risk management decisions on the allowable concentrations of living organisms in discharged ballast water in order to safeguard against the establishment of new aquatic nonindigenous species, and to protect and preserve existing indigenous populations of fish, shellfish, and wildlife and other beneficial uses of the nation's waters.
Conference: Smart Rivers 2011: Systems Thinking
September 13-16, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana
TRB is cosponsoring the Smart Rivers 2011 Conference: “Systems Thinking” on September 13-16, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference will explore topics such as "smart" service design and innovation, system/technology, public policy/finance, environmental management, flood protection/mitigation, port and landside economic development, and more. Individuals or groups wishing to present at the conference must submit an abstract by January 24, 2011.
Conference: Transportation Hazards and Security Summit: Looking Beyond the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
August 22-25, 2011
TRB is sponsoring the 2011 Transportation Hazards and Security Summit: Looking Beyond the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 on August 22-25, 2011, in Irvine, California. The summit will explore the results and implementation of security research over the past ten years; highlight current successful security practices; help to identify barriers to instituting security practices; and examine future research and evaluation needs, including potential ways to improve the implementation of research results. Advance registration ends July 25, 2011.
Conference: TRB Joint Summer Meeting: Future Directions for the Federal Transportation Programs
July 10-13, 2011
Join more than 350 transportation professionals expected to participate in the TRB Joint Summer Meeting, July 10-13, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts. Transportation professionals specializing in planning, finance, policy, economics, freight, data systems, transportation security, ferry transportation, and ports and waterways will share information in open committee meetings, joint collaborative discussions, and general sessions. Advance registration expires June 10, 2011.
Conference: Joint Conference of Harbor Safety Committees and Area Maritime Security Committees:Safeguarding the Nation's Maritime Gateways
June 7-9, 2011
The conference e-sessions are available.
TRB cosponsored the Joint Harbor Safety Committee (HSC) and Area Maritime Security Committees Conference (AMSCs) on June 7-9, 2011, in Houston, Texas. The combined event provided an opportunity for the committees to engage in information exchange on current challenges, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned. The conference offered the opportunity for the committees to engage both public- and private-sector leaders on issues relating to marine transportation and harbor safety and security.
HSCs are local coordinating bodies from throughout the country that work with the U.S. Coast Guard to address issues relating to the safety, security, mobility, and environmental protection of a port or waterway. Membership of HSCs is typically comprised of local representatives of governmental agencies, maritime labor and industry organizations, and public interest groups. AMSCs bring together representatives from a variety of sources in the port to assess security risks to the port and determine appropriate risk mitigation strategies. AMSC members include the U.S. Coast Guard, federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel, emergency response personnel, port managers, and labor.
Special Report: Naval Engineering in the 21st Century: The Science and Technology Foundation for Future Naval Fleets
TRB Special Report 306: Naval Engineering in the 21st Century: The Science and Technology Foundation for Future Naval Fleets examines the state of basic and applied research in the scientific fields that support naval engineering and explores whether Office of Naval Research (ONR) activities, under its National Naval Responsibility for Naval Engineering (NNR-NE) initiative, have been effective in sustaining these fields.
The committee developed a series of conclusions and recommendations in five areas--the value of the NNR-NE, the state of science and technology supporting naval engineering, the wholeness of the NNR-NE research portfolio, opportunities for enhancement of research and education, and the effectiveness of the NNR-NE initiative.
The report’s recommendations are addressed to the administrators of the NNR-NE initiative and of ONR.
Background papers and workshop presentations used by the committee during development of Special Report 306 are available online.
Special Report: TRB Special Report 305: Structural Integrity of Offshore Wind Turbines: Oversight of Design, Fabrication, and Installation
The report explores the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approach to overseeing the development and safe operation of wind turbines on the outer continental shelf, with a focus on structural safety. The committee that developed the report recommended that in order to facilitate the orderly development of offshore wind energy and support the stable economic development of this nascent industry, the United States needs a set of clear requirements that can accommodate future design development.
A four-page summary of SR 305 is available.
The Marine Board held its 2011 Spring Meeting April 27-28, in Washington, D.C. at the Keck Center of The National Academies. Presentations and topics of discussion covered a range of issues: risks associated with oil and gas development in the Arctic, offshore wind energy turbine structural and operating safety, inland waterway capital development plan, port security, small vessel threats, piracy, tsunamis, and the marine highway. Marine Board federal agency liaisons provided general updates and highlighted current research needs and interests. Pete Johnson provided the Board with an overview of Project Mohole--highlighting the initiative's accomplishments and commemorating the project's 50th anniversary.
To learn more, please view the presentations which are now available.
The Marine Board of the National Academies is seeking nominations for new members to be appointed to a three-year term that would commence on 1 November 2011. There will be up to three (3) vacancies on the Board in 2011 and there is particular interest in candidates with expertise in the following areas: Inland Waterway Operations, Offshore Energy Operations / Development, and Shipbuilding. Members serve without compensation in the national interest. The 20-member Board meets twice a year and members represent a broad diversity of background, expertise, experience and subject knowledge.
For more information, please review the Call for Nominations and/or contact Joedy Cambridge.
Meeting: Marine Board Fall Meeting
November 18-19, 2010
New Orleans, LA
The Marine Board held its Fall Meeting in New Orleans on November 18-19, 2010. In addition to updates on current projects , items on the agenda included, Deepwater Horizon, maritime security, offshore wind energy, and post-Katrina updates. At the Fall Meeting the Board also welcomed five new members. Inquiries regarding the 2010 Fall Marine Board meeting should be directed to Joedy Cambridge.
A committee of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council that is conducting a technical analysis of the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will hold a meeting to gather information on government oversight and regulation of deepwater oil exploration and drilling. Officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (formerly the Minerals Management Service); and industry experts will make presentations at the meeting. Members of the public will also have an opportunity to address the committee during a public comments session.
August 12, 2010 at 10:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT, and August 13, 2010 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
Embassy Suites Hotel (900 10th ST, NW, Washington, DC) Lower Level, Capital C Room
A full agenda will be available in coming days
Space is limited; reporters who wish to attend must register in advance with the Office of News and Information; register by phone: 202-334-2138 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting will also be video webcast
Conference: 2010 Joint Summer Meeting: Two-Day Multimodal Freight Corridor and Waterways Track
July 11-13, 2010
Over 300 transportation professionals participated in the midyear meetings of more than 40 TRB committees. In open committee meetings, joint collaborative discussions, and general sessions, transportation professionals specializing in planning, finance, policy, economics, freight, and data systems shared information on planning and performance measurement for all modes.
The 2010 Joint Summer Meeting also featured a two-day Multimodal Freight Corridor and Waterways track that focused on integration of water transportation into the national transportation system and integrative multimodal freight corridor planning at the state and regional level.
To learn more, please view the conference agenda and presentations, which are now available.
Joint summer meeting of: AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM); AASHTO Special Committee on Wireless Communications Technology (SCOWCoT); TRB NCHRP Project Panel 20-59, Surface Transportation Security Research (NCHRP 20-59); with USDOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); TSA Highway and Motor Carrier Division (TSA HMC); and DHS Science & Technology Directorate, Infrastructure and Geophysical Division (S&T IGD)
Participants from the entities above, with an emphasis on SCOTSEM representatives from various state departments of transportation attended the workshop. Participants identified activities to support implementation of effective security and emergency management practices. A 3-year Security and Emergency Management Research Implementation Plan will be produced under an NCHRP project for use by the AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management.
To learn more, please view the conference agenda, session presentations, and a video of the keynote speech.
Conference: Transforming the Marine Transportation System: A Vision for Research and Development
June 29-July 1, 2010
TRB cosponsored the conference on Transforming the Marine Transportation System: A Vision for Research and Development on June 29 - July 1, 2010, in Irvine, California. The conference was designed to explore progress in scientific and technical solutions to challenges in the areas of marine transportation and waterway management; examine potential research and technology needs in the MTS; and help foster potential partnerships between federal, state, private, and academic institutions to address MTS issues.
To learn more, please view the conference agenda and presentations, which are now available.
Conference: Joint Conference of Harbor Safety Committees and Area Maritime Security Committees: Transcending Boundaries of Effort, Safety, Security, and Stewardship
June 8-10, 2010
Jersey City, NJ
TRB and the Marine Board cosponsored the first joint conference of the nation’s Harbor Safety Committees (HSCs) and Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSCs) on June 8-10, 2010, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The event combined what has previously been two separate events that provide an opportunity for the committees to engage in information exchange on current challenges, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned. The conference offered the opportunity for the committees to engage both public- and private-sector leaders on issues relating to marine transportation and harbor safety and security.
HSCs are local coordinating bodies from throughout the country that work with the U.S. Coast Guard to address issues relating to the safety, security, mobility, and environmental protection of a port or waterway. Membership of HSCs is typically comprised of local representatives of governmental agencies, maritime labor and industry organizations, and public interest groups. AMSCs bring together representatives from a variety of sources in the port to assess security risks to the port and determine appropriate risk mitigation strategies. AMSC members may include the U.S. Coast Guard, federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel, emergency response personnel, port managers, and labor.
The conference agenda and e-sessions are now available.
Meeting: Marine Board Spring Meeting
May 17 - 18, 2010
The Marine Board held its 2010 Spring Meeting May 17-18, 2010, in Norfolk, VA at the Virginia Port Authority. The meeting was hosted by Jerry Bridges, Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority. Issues covered at the meeting included: offshore platform safety and the current situation in the Gulf; a vision & strategy for the Arctic; port security; ship design innovations; offshore wind energy installations; and the marine highway. Marine Board agency liaisons also gave general updates and provided presentations regarding current and upcoming projects.
To learn more, please view the agenda and presentations which are now available.
Workshop: Offshore Wind Energy Workshop
March 25-26, 2010
The Keck Center of the National Academies
TRB and the Marine Board organized and hosted a workshop on Offshore Wind Energy Projects on March 25-26. 2010, in Washington, D.C. The workshop, sponsored by the Minerals Management Service (MMS), focused on hazards associated with offshore wind facilities, and on design and operational options for turbines, blades, towers, sub-structures, foundations, and electrical connections to the grid. The workshop highlighted processes and procedures that can be used within the MMS regulatory regime to minimize risk to safety and the environment, protect the interests of other users of the outer continental shelf, and minimize disruptions to maritime transportation operations and to the supply of electricity.
The workshop agenda, and presentations are now available.
The Naval Engineering in the 21st Century Committee held a workshop to collect information about the status of the science and technology infrastructure (academic, industrial, and government laboratories) supporting naval engineering. The workshop investigated how this enterprise advances U.S. Navy capabilities and U.S. shipbuilding's position in the global economy. Presentations focused on the ability of laboratories and researchers to develop technologies and designs to build ships with the capabilities the Navy will need in the future.
The workshop presentations are now available.