On the ground in Haiti, search-and-rescue teams and aid workers have used collaborative tools, text messaging and GPS technology to map out and coordinate relief efforts. Out in Port-au-Prince harbor, U.S. Coast Guard teams are using similar tools to restore Haiti’s shattered main seaport.
The Coast Guard cutter USCGC Oak is currently at anchor near the port terminal in downtown Port-au-Prince. Among other things, the Oak deployed a Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit, a team that is helping the Haitian Port authority get things up and running at the port. In some respects, it’s the maritime equivalent of the Air Force special operations team that helped restore air traffic control at Haiti’s main airport.