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Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS)

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Automatic Identification System (AIS)

AIS was designed to be a ship to ship vessel avoidance system. Transponders aboard vessels coupled with computer software allow users to graphically view vessels and their associated information all over the world. This system is the standard for global ship traffic. These system also support many other features like AIS Playback, Zone Speed Alerts and Area Triggering.

Tanker Escort Clearing House

Acting on behalf of the State of California, the Marine Exchange monitors compliance with escort regulations, records vessel movements, tests tug boats, and receives and files escort checklists.

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Harbor Safety Committee (HSC)

Updating the harbor safety plan, fine-tuning the tanker escort regulations are primary responsibilities. Additional efforts target bridge management, facilities, pilotage, ports, and the full range of harbor concerns.

Nor. Cal. Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC)

The mission of this Area Maritime Security Committee is to help coordinate planning, information sharing, and other necessary activities to aide the security of the Marine Transportation System.

Trade Facilitation Committee (TFC)

Industry representatives join together to increase efficiency and improve trade.

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