NSnet was conceived in 1993 as an experiment in applying emerging information and communications technologies in the maritime industry. The project began as a basic Internet service provider (ISP) for US shipbuilders, and in late 1993 went on to establish one of the first sites available on the Web. In 1994, NSnet was established as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) MARITECH project, and was the first project in that program to deal specifically with information technologies. The project team was led by the Marine Systems Division of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The Division has since been dissolved, and government support of the project ended June 30, 2001.
Although no longer affiliated with the University, some of the original team members are still maintaining the site.
Lack of financial support from the industry forced the NSnet team to end regular summaries of news items on December 21, 2007. The Shipbuilding Pictures, The Afterguard web log, and the Maritime Glossary will remain available. In addition, the old news summaries will be archived, and accessible.
Please browse the NSnet site. If you have any questions or comments, or can help support this site, please send us a message.