The Marine Board identifies research needs and provides a forum for exchange of information relating to new technologies, laws and regulations, economics, the environment, and other issues affecting the marine transportation system, port operations, coastal engineering, and marine governance.
Formed in 1965, the Marine Board is an internationally recognized source of expertise on maritime transportation and marine engineering and technology. In response to requests from sponsoring agencies or on its own initiative, the Marine Board serves the national interest by providing evaluations and advice concerning the ability of the nation's marine and maritime industries to operate safely and efficiently and in an environmentally responsible manner.
As part of TRB, the Marine Board both enhances and is supported by TRB's standing committees, particularly those involved with ports and channels, inland water transport, planning, and the environment. The Marine Board coordinates and works closely with other boards of the National Academies in areas of mutual interest.
Inquiries regarding the Marine Board and TRB marine transportation activities should be directed to Marine Board Staff Director Scott Brotemarkle,.
NEWS AND RECENT ACTIVITIES
Meeting: Marine Board 2014 Fall Meeting
October 29-30, 2014
At its 2014 Fall Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C., the Marine Board expressed appreciation to the outgoing chair; Dr. Thomas Leschine from the University of Washington, who passed the gavel to incoming chair, Vice Admiral James Card (USCG, Ret.). Dr. Mary Brooks, Professor Emerita at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, assumed the position of vice chair. The focus session topics covered at this meeting were Liquefied Natural Gas as a Marine Fuel and Cruise Ship Safety. Presentations are now available.
The Board also welcomed two (2) new members:
Captain Thomas A. Jacobsen has more than 30 years of experience in the maritime industry and brings his vast expertise in vessel operations and pilotage to the Marine Board. As the third-generation President of Jacobsen Pilot Service, Inc., his company exclusively serves the Port of Long Beach, as well as all of the San Pedro Bay area and the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Base. Under Captain Jacobsen’s leadership, Jacobsen Pilot Service (JPS) became the first and only ISO 9001 certified piloting service in the United States -a quality management system and customer service distinction. JPS has been instrumental in developing and implementing state-of-the-art technology routinely used in daily piloting operations, such as: shore based radars, highly accurate sector range lights, and high precision carry aboard Differential Global Positioning System. Captain Jacobsen was instrumental in starting NOAA’s P.O.R.T.S. weather system in LA/LB, enabling real time access to wind, tidal, and air-gap data for commercial waterway users. Captain Jacobsen graduated the California Maritime Academy in 1988 with USCG Unlimited Third Mates License and a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Industrial Technology.
Rear Admiral Richard D. West (USN, Ret) brings a strong expertise and background in marine environmental policy to the Marine Board. He is currently a Board member of the Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, Massachusetts and serves on the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography Dean’s Advisory Council. Previously, Admiral West served as President and CEO of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE), where he led efforts to promote ocean research and education within the U.S. federal government on behalf of the academic and private ocean research community. While with the U.S. Navy, Admiral West served as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy from 1999 to 2002, where he managed a $400 million program providing oceanographic, meteorological, geospatial and navigation support to the U.S. Navy. As the first Navigator of the Navy, he led the Navy’s transition to electronic navigation. As Oceanographer of the Navy, he was the Department of Defense representative to the U.S. Ocean Commission. Admiral West graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in math and chemistry. He holds three masters degrees: Business Management from Salve Regina University, International Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and Acquisition Program Management from the National Defense Acquisition University.