positioning data, navigation aid information, and vessel traffic information. POISE
is one mechanism for communication and coordination among local/regional and
national stakeholders regarding our Marine Transportation system.
APPLICABILITY AND SCOPE. POISE is a path to port related information that exists on
the World Wide Web (WWW). It contains pages of links and has no data of its own. The
web pages are organized into 45 geographic areas. Each web page is maintained at the
Captain of the Port in the locations shown in Enclosure (1).
a. Most data sources within POISE are located outside the US Coast Guard. POISE
contains links to services already available on the WWW ... like the Physical
Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) operated by the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). POISE categorizes links
and provides an index or overview of on-line information available for the major
waterways in the U.S. See Enclosure (4) for an example of required and optional
b. Who might use POISE? Anyone. Typical users may be mariners, harbor pilots,
voyage planning & Coast Pilot-like users, port authorities, shipping agents etc. It is
a free web site that points users to other information links, some of which may
require conditions of entry (i.e., a credit card number or an account agreement with a
commercial enterprise.) Coast Guard units will also use POISE to improve outreach
and customer satisfaction.
REQUESTS FOR CHANGES. Units and individuals may recommend changes by writing via
the chain of command to Commandant (G-MWV).
R. C. NORTH
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
Assistant Commandant for Marine
Safety and Environmental Protection
Encl: (1) POISE Web Page Locations
(2) POISE Definitions and Terms
(3) POISE Responsibilities and Processes
(4) POISE Example