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Congressman Panetta Maritime Technology Legislation Unanimously Passes the U.S. House

December 10, 2018
Press Release
Bill advances unmanned maritime systems, NOAA environmental data

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Commercial Engagement through Ocean Technology (CENOTE) Act.  Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) co-authored and introduced the House draft of the bill with Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS).

The CENOTE Act will advance the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) use of unmanned maritime systems, encourage private sector research and development, and ensure that marine data is readily available and reliable.  The bipartisan, bicameral legislation highlights the unique role that NOAA, academia, and the private sector play in the advancement of unmanned systems.  These technologies gather a wide range of ocean data with fishery management, navigation, economic, and defense implications.

The Senate unanimously passed the measure in August.  The bill is expected to be signed into law.

"Advancing unmanned systems has widespread civil, commercial, academic, and national security benefits," said Congressman Panetta. "This legislation will accelerate the deployment of unmanned maritime technologies by coordinating NOAA partnership opportunities, including with institutions such as the Naval Postgraduate School.  CENOTE supports coastal communities, fisheries, environmental science, disaster mitigation, and national defense.  I thank my colleagues for passing the bill."