North Atlantic Track Agreement

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The North Atlantic Track Agreement was an agreement in November 1898[1] among thirteen passenger steamship companies to use a set series of trans-Atlantic routes that stretched from the northeast of North America to western Europe for the Atlantic crossing. Following the tracks was recommended but not compulsory.

There were seven routes: three to Canada and four to New York and Boston.[2] The two main routes are 60 miles (97 km) apart to prevent collisions.[3]

The agreement was given government recognition in the 1948 Safety-at-Sea-Convention.[4]



  1. ^ "Steamer Routes Changed.; Transatlantic Liners to Run a Degree South of Last Year's Course.". New York Times. January 9, 1913. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  2. ^ ""Empress of Australia" (ROUTE).". Hansard. 347. 17 May 1939. 
  3. ^ "The World's Transportation". World Economic Geography. Taylor & Francis. c. 1963. p. 608. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Carl E.; Cochrane, E. L.; Gibbs, Helen M. (1999). Ocean Transportation. Beard Books. p. 432. ISBN 1-893122-45-X. Retrieved 2008-06-18.