Marine Safety, the Marine Environment, and MSISby James C. Clow, US Marine Safety Div, Portsmouth, VA, USA,
Abstract: The Marine Safety Information System (MSIS) serves as a management information system for the allocation of increasingly scarce coast guard (CG) resources. Its large, central data base provides decision-makers with up-to-date information for consistent operational and management decision-making in the marine safety and marine environmental protection programs. The aggregation of safety performance data allows correlation and comparison between the CG prevention and enforcement programs, providing a means for viewing accident and equipment failure trends against nationwide exposure data. Thus, a centralized, automated data repository (previously fragmented and not automated) is leading to better management of CG boardings and inspections, investigations, and physical resources, resulting in fewer accidents, fewer collisions, less pollution, and a safer, cleaner, marine environment.
Subject Headings: Information systems | Safety | Information management | Systems management | Seas and oceans | Accidents | Resource management | Coastal management
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