Marine Navigation System to Increase Safety, Commerce in Northwest


NOAA’s real-time observations to aid Naval Base Kitsap and mariners

Mariners can breathe a little easier when sailing in and around Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state. The base is now fitted with a NOAA system that helps ensure safe and efficient marine navigation. The technology is part of a nationwide network called Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, or PORTSⓇ.

Kitsap PORTS is the 37th system in this network of precision marine navigation sensors, and is the result of a partnership between NOAA and the U.S. Navy. The sensors track oceanographic and meteorological conditions as they unfold around Naval Base Kitsap.

“Precision navigation systems are a critical element of our nation’s data-driven blue economy and help our environment too,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “The real-time information tracked by PORTS systems allows vessels to move safely within U.S. waterways to make operations more efficient and lower fuel consumption, which also lowers carbon emissions.”

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