Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: MARAD 24-08
Date: Oct 3 2008
Contact: Shannon Russell
Contact Phone: 202-366-5807

Maritime Administration Unveils Comprehensive Web-Based Information System

WASHINGTON – Information on the condition and performance of the Marine Transportation System – including U.S. ports, vessels, waterways and intermodal connections – will be available on a Web-based, data-driven set of tools developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, announced Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton today.

The information system, called MarView, provides access to more than 2500 links to transportation data sources, giving statistics on intermodal freight transportation and on trained and licensed mariners. It provides real-time tracking of vessels, plus physical attributes information on national and international ports, vessels, and related facilities. MarView provides real time information on waterways and facilities and background facts about domestic and foreign shipbuilding and repair yards.

“Through MarView, we know instantly how much traffic is going through a port on any given day, plus how much goes through in a year and what kind of facilities a port has,” Administrator Connaughton said. “When Hurricane Ike approached the Texas coast, MarView enabled us to keep an eye on a ship that was in trouble. We knew where it was, its physical capacity, and who owned it—instantly. Without MarView, such information might have taken several days to get.”

Access to MarView is granted through a free subscription only. For more information or to subscribe, please visit