A vessel traffic system for the Mississippi River presents a new challenge to the Coast Guard. As a part of the effort to design an appropriate vessel traffic system, one that will consider vessels using the river from the Head of Passes through New Orleans and up to Baton Rouge, the Coast Guard has begun an extensive data collection, analysis, and design task. This paper relates some of the results of the data collection effort that involved the use of radar surveillance of river traffic from Port Allen to the Head of Passes with several sites in between. Communications data on the utilization of VHF-FM channel 13 was also collected and is presented. Using this information the Coast Guard has configured a vessel traffic system to be located in New Orleans. This proposed system is described along with its anticipated impact on vessel traffic on the Mississippi River.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Symposium Papers, RTCM St. Louis Assembly Meeting, April 28-30, 1975, with the participation of water Resources Congress, Volume 3, Ship Collision Avoidance Techniques and Maritime Satellite Communication Systems.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services

    P.O. Box 19087
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Starkweather, D W
    • Hobson, A F
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127035
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1978 12:00AM