for Next Steps:
Educate general public as to the importance of a safe and economically
viable harbor and port system throughout the country.
2. Secure funding for new systems and research into
3. Educate recreational boater about dangers, proper
safety procedures in harbor areas.
4. Need a vehicle for "Lessons Learned."
5. All Harbor Safety Committees need permanent ...
source(s) of funding for administrative support.
6. HSCs have an educational role which has yet to
be exploited. The general population is unaware of importance
of marine commerce or knows only about the system's problems.
HSCs can encourage publicity to improve understanding of benefits,
7. Need a vehicle to provide information about
mega-trends to help HSCs think ahead.
8. Need to address how to develop HSC in smaller
9. Have goals established; e.g., Impact of Advisory
Board Law, plan of action to address problems, if any.
10. Discuss inter-relationship with other groups:area
committee, security-crime terrorism.
11. Involve political side (get a Senator and
Governor to speak).
12. Format of conference should not be presentation
of papers/panels, but instead the attendees should be broken into
working groups and work on issues and come up with national recommendations.
This present format is good for exchange of "This is how we do
it" but doesn't capture what makes HSCs work, what will make them
13. Next year host in Washington DC and invite a
number of key Congressmen/Senators who could support with funding.
14. Press release inviting major nationwide publications.
15. Attendance needs to mirror makeup of local committees
- more local/state representatives, all federal agencies, ACOE
district reps, terminal operators, etc.
16. Broad based recreational port users should participate,
not just yacht owners but PWC organizations (if existing), kayakers,
etc. They are homogeneous and need representation to convey perspectives.
Same applies to non-governmental groups with environmental interests.
Can those above be induced to attend by offering conference for
free to non-profits?
17. Harbor Safety Committees need a clearing house
for information (website?) to share ideas and successes. This
was discussed and should be done as soon as possible.
18. The chairmanship and management of Harbor Safety
Committees should be rotated annually among participating entities
to share responsibility and ensure commitment.
Harbor Safety Committees of the 21st Century Wrap-Up Summary
February 16-17, 1999
Lillian Borrone, Director, Port Commerce, Port Authority
of New York &New Jersey, chaired the Harbor Safety Committees
of the 21st Century Conference wrap-up. She commented that she
had seen the harbor environment change, had seen people's attitudes
about the harbor change. Borrone advocated that "Diversity is
She asked the panelists
to comment on what they would like to see achieved in the next
year on issues of philosophy and mechanisms for progress on harbor
2. to give suggestions on communication and cooperation
at the national level with the spectrum of federal agencies, local
and regional entities.
3. what kind of information the panelists are interested
in focusing on during the next year; what mechanisms are recommended
for communication and for a clearinghouse effort.
4. to comment for the Marine Board in California on how
we can utilize risk assessment and use it in an HSC.
5. to comment on how the US Coast Guard can provide support.
asked the audience to help pull together a national legislative
Sandy Hook Pilots, mentioned the misunderstanding with foreign
ports about environmental regulations. He asked that minutes of
HSCs be posted on the Internet. He pointed out that real-time
information is needed for a port to maximize what it does have.
HSCs need to address risk assessment.
President, Gray Maritime Services, advocated:
Better hydrography information.
2. Internet activity for HSCs.
3. Memberships of outsiders from Marine Board, aviation
..... a. Commonality of procedures
from bridges of ships ..........and
in the air.
......b. Near-miss policy
4. User fees
5. Liability should be shared.
Let's get criminality out of accidents.
7. Issue of liability of non-tankers .
8. Need members from environmental group.
9. We need to learn how to use AISs before we start telling
others what to do.
President, American Pilots Association, advocated handling on
a local level the issues of communication, liability, safety.
He asked the audience to identify what they want the federal government
to do. Captains of Ports should have HSCs at every port, should
have partnerships with pilots.
O'Leary, Vice President, American Waterways Operators, asked
that Harbor Safety Committees share their charters, offer a prototype
of an HSC. In the implementation of a port information network,
she suggests the HSC address what the users want: VTS, AIS information.
Linda O'Leary and Andy McGovern are requesting State funding for
disseminating such information.
limitation of liability for an information provider.
We need to
get recreational and environmental groups to come participate
in the process.
analysis should lead to "Where did the chain of error break down?"
President, Chamber of Shipping of America, called himself an observer
of the harbor safety committee process. Representing shipowners,
both foreign and domestic, he indicated that he should not be
a member of the committee at the local level. Cox raised the question
about how and why harbor safety committees work. Why are those
people at the table?
for example, in the underkeel clearance issue, does make for cooperation.
Do not rely
on the vagaries of personnel changes and federal changes.
C. North in the Harbor Safety Committees of the 21st Century
Conference wrap-up repeated his opening keynote challenges.
Consider principles of operation for the function of HSCs..
Propose an optimal means of external communication between HSCs
and Marine Transportation Users as well as with national level
Export your success stories and lessons learned.
Determine how the collective federal agencies of the MTS initiative
can help HSCs. Consider legislation and resource.
Focus on safety of traffic, keep an eye on the facilitation side;
do not create problems for facilitation. Safe traffic is a priority.
Think about environmental protection.
2. Act as a clearinghouse, a sounding board; bring all
players to the table, including foreign flags, fishing community,
environmental protection interests.
3. We do not need a federal mandate for local coordination.
4. Advertise in the federal register; ask who wants to
serve on harbor safety committees.
5. The Captains of the Port should write invitation letters
to prospective committee members to determine interest in serving;
broaden HSCs to a wide cross section of stakeholders on the committees.
6. US Coast Guard HQ should develop a navigational inspection
7. A unified command should not be applied to Harbor Safety
8. A unified command approach is a way to organize federal
agencies around an issue of spill response, for example; but our
issue is working the harbor.
9. Communications are important for the mariner, both inter
and intra communications.
10. Communications on harbor safety should rise to the
national agenda, should be usable and easily accessed. Involve
agencies of MARAD, NOAA, Army Corps of Engineers, and others.
11. Build leadership to bring consensus. As Jeff High indicated
earlier in the conference, we should lead and coordinate among
12. Prevention is the best response. The next round of
prevention efforts is in our hands.
13. AIS is moving along well.
14. Get input to the Secretary of Transportation about
the Harbor Safety Committees' progress.
1. There is a COTP risk assessment guide which all in the
room should read; and then there is the issue of risk management.
We need to hear more on effective risk management. HSC conference
attendees next week a copy of the conference evaluations, RADM
North's opening paper, and a summary of the wrap-up panel's remarks.