Coast Guard Action Needed To Promote Safer Marine Transportation

Gao ID: CED-79-37 May 21, 1979

Navigational aids systems help ensure safe marine transportation and the Coast Guard is responsible for maintaining 50,000 aids to navigation ranging from buoys to computerized vessel traffic management systems. Aids to navigation become more important as marine traffic increases.

Increased marine traffic and volume of cargo, including hazardous material, has led to a growing number of serious accidents. In 1977, 2,330 collisions, rammings, or groundings incurred losses of more than $89 million.


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