U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center's New Mission: The Inland River Vessel Movement Center

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on the United States, the Coast Guard rapidly established the National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) as a central clearinghouse for Department of Homeland Security agencies with a need for information on vessels and cargo entering U.S. ports. This clearinghouse uses data submitted from federally mandated 96-hr notice-of-arrival reports. Soon after NVMC's formation, the 8th Coast Guard District identified a lack of maritime domain awareness information on the transit of certain dangerous cargo (CDC) over the 10,000 miles of navigable inland rivers. Improvements in maritime domain awareness, especially information involving the transit of CDC along the nation's arteries of inland rivers, were needed to meet elevated maritime security levels. In March 2003, the 8th Coast Guard District closed this gap by establishing a regulated navigation area, requiring vessels transporting CDC to report to their positions to the Coast Guard when passing approximately 100 reporting points along the western rivers. The Inland River Vessel Movement Center (IRVMC) was established in St. Louis to collect and process position and movement reports as barges carrying CDC transited past regulated navigation area reporting points. This includes all navigable waters of the western rivers, beginning at mile 235 on the lower Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, LA, extending to the Illinois River at Chicago, IL, and encompassing 23 rivers located across the 8th and 9th Coast Guard Districts. This article details the creation and relocation of the IRVMC to Alexandria, VA, the setting up of a highly motivated transition team to deal with IRVMC's wider area of coverage, and implementation of the transition plan.


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  • Accession Number: 01054770
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2007 1:37AM