Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need this?
What vessels should enroll?
PacMMS is available to all vessels calling on Pacific coast ports but is focused on establishing and implementing safety, efficiency and environmental Standards of Care safety for all self-propelled commercial vessels with an overall length of 400’ or longer. As port activity increases operating protocols can mitigate port congestion and emissions. A marine casualty involving large vessels have a greater potential of incurring substantial safety and environmental harm and devastating financial impacts all of which can be averted. Unlike oil pollution prevention regulations that are limited to regulating vessels with oil on board, all vessels over 400’ whether powered by oil, batteries, LNG or other technologies present a risk of a marine casualty that participation in PacMMS can prevent or mitigate the negative impacts.
Anyone in the maritime trade as well as the public all benefit from PacMMS. Vessels are the primary benefactor as inefficiencies and risk of financial and safety harm is mitigated by enrollment in PacMMS. Ports benefit as they also will actively endorse and support measures that mitigate the adverse impacts of vessel’s calling on their facilities to conduct trade. Lastly the general public benefits as environmental impacts will be reduced and the cost and impacts of marine casualties can be prevented.
WHY IS THE MARITIME INDUSTRY TAKING THE LEAD?
hOW DOES THIS ENHANCE MARITIME SAFETY?
WHAT IS SEA TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT?
Sea Traffic Management (STM) is a concept being adopted internationally that addresses maritime safety, efficiency and environmentally sound maritime operations offshore, beyond the maritime safety and emergency response network comprised of Vessel Traffic Services, tugs, pilots and aids to navigation provided in port areas. With the advent of new communications and vessel tracking technologies vessel safety management and efficiency of maritime operations is being extended offshore, from port to port. PacMMS is a low cost, but effective STM that also provides an enhanced response capability to assist vessels.