To implement this project, required
data elements would need to be identified and incorporated into an online data
system that manufacturers or operators could submit their vessel data and
users could extract. Additionally,
quality assurance processes would need to be defined and an initial population
of the dataset would need to be implemented. An outreach program would also be
needed to encourage shipbuilders and engine manufactures and operators to
submit their data. Outreach for potential users would also be helpful to ensure
that users are aware of the availability of these data. These activities could
include the following phases:
1 – Literature Search of Small Vessel Attributes – This could involve the use of
data scraping techniques.
· Compilation of
data for the initial population of the database.
· Assessment of
available data elements and those required to estimate and spatially and
temporally apportion emissions.
2 – Development of Small Vessel Attribute Database
· User friendly
approach for manufacturers or operators to enter data.
· User friendly
approach to filter and extract data for inventory development.
where the database would be hosted.
· Develop QA
procedures which could be applied to the compiled data from Phase 1 and entered
into the database as a test case and to provide an initial populated database.
3 – Outreach
· Develop a list of
possible groups to host the database and contact them to find an interested
· Develop a
strategy to encourage vessel and engine manufacturers and vessel operators to
enter their data in the database; could be coupled with green vessel
· To encourage
confidence in the database, documents should be provided that summarize how
submitted data would be quality checked prior to inclusion into the public version of the database.
· There is also a
need to let users know of the availability of the database; possibly at trade
and emission inventory conference as well as on the web.
The outreach material should be posted
on TRB’s website.