New U.S. Maritime Advisory System Established

January 31, 2017

The Maritime Administration (MARAD), in partnership with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Transportation, and Homeland Security, the intelligence community, and maritime industry stakeholders, has announced the launch of the new U.S. Maritime Advisory System, which establishes a single federal process to expeditiously provide maritime threat information to maritime industry stakeholders, including vessels at sea.


Developed in response to valuable feedback from stakeholders, the U.S. Maritime Advisory System streamlines, consolidates, and replaces maritime threat information previously disseminated in three separate government agency instruments: Special Warnings, MARAD Advisories, and global maritime security related Marine Safety Information Bulletins. This new system establishes for the first time, a single, whole-of-government maritime security notification mechanism, and represents the most significant update to the issuance of U.S. government maritime security alerts and advisories since 1939.


The U.S. Maritime Advisory System is available at


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