This presentation outlines action that is being taken by the U.S. Coast Guard to promote marine safety in certain major U.S. ports and waterways through the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) program. A VTS employs various components including VHF-FM communications, radar, low light level television and in some cases automatic data processing equipment to coordinate vessel movements to reduce congestion and casualties. The main elements of the three operational VTSs are summarized, and emphasis is given to the development of the VTS for New York Harbor, scheduled to begin operations in mid 1978. This presentation demonstrates how VTSs can contribute to marine safety, environmental protection, and increased efficiency in the waterborne transportation system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of Second International Waterborne Transportation Conference, October 5-7, 1977, New York City. Available April, 1978, approximately 750 pages. Cost: to ASCE members $15.00; non-members $30.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

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    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Bauman, R A
  • Publication Date: 1977

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170787
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1978 12:00AM