Waterways Policy

12/14/2016: Marine planning to operate and maintain the Marine Transportation System (MTS), implement national policy

The Coast Guard recently approved Commandant Instruction 16003.2A, Marine Planning to Operate and Maintain the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and Implement National Policy.

This instruction promulgates Coast Guard policy, roles and responsibilities in implementing guidance in conjunction with ongoing marine planning and operations.

The Coast Guard’s broad authorities, expansive network of interagency, military, and industry relationships, unique operational capabilities and presence, and international partnerships enable it to execute daily, steady-state operations and respond to major incidents.

Successful implementation of the Coast Guard’s marine planning activities requires prioritization and uniformity throughout the Coast Guard and coordination with other stakeholders in shaping a consistent national approach, while affording operational commanders necessary flexibility to accommodate unique regional factors.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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