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Thursday, June 21, 2018

INCREASED FUNDING FOR U.S. NAVIGATION AIDS AND CHARTING

President Bush has signed legislation that funds US charting, hydrographic surveys and real time navigation aids at historically high levels. The overall budget for navigation services in Fiscal Year 2002 was set at slightly over US$ 120 million, an increase of roughly 20 per cent over the previous year.

Since the publication of INTERTANKO's U.S. Port and Terminal Safety Discussion Paper in 1996, the Association has devoted efforts to encouraging increased funding for hydrographic surveys and improved navigation conditions in US waterways. While still confronting a significant backlog in bringing survey data current, funding levels have been increasing over time as the result of efforts by INTERTANKO, including testimony before Congress in 1997, and the enthusiastic work of a number of other organizations, including the American Pilots Association and the American Association of Port Authorities.

The current appropriations include US$ 27 million for hydrographic surveys, an increase of US$6.6 million over last year. While there remain considerable advances to be made in the state of US charts and navigation aids, INTERTANKO is pleased with this year's budget and acknowledges those maritime organizations that have joined the effort to bring US navigation conditions up to the highest standards.