Posted   08-16-2017 13:42    
DIVE AND PIPE-REMOVAL OPERATIONS BILLINGSPORT RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone from August 8, 2017 until October 31, 2017 in the waters of Billingsport Range, on the Delaware River, within 150 yards of diving and pipe-removal operations.

To facilitate the widening and deepening of the Delaware River main navigational channel, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) has requested Paulsboro Natural Gas Pipeline Company, LLC (PBF) and Buckeye Partners, L.P. (BPL) remove their existing pipelines across the river that could cause hazards to mariners in the expanded shipping channel. This specifically pertains to PBF’s 8” natural gas pipeline and BPL’s 10” and 12” pipelines that run from the area adjacent to Philadelphia International Airport to the Paulsboro Refinery. Diving and removal operations for the 425 foot sections of pipe will be conducted in close proximity to the main navigational channel and at times may impede one side of the channel. At least one side of the main navigational channel will be kept clear for safe passage of vessels in the vicinity of the safety zone.

The safety zones will be established for the duration of the pipe-removal operation. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the working vessels on scene per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 CFR subchapter E). Vessels that desire to enter or transit through the safety zone shall contact working vessels on VHF-FM marine band channel 13 or 16, at least one hour prior to arrival.

The Captain of the Port will terminate the safety zone once all pipelines have been recovered and removal operations are completed, which may be sooner than October 31, 2017. Notice of the implementation and the termination of the safety zone will be made in accordance with 33 CFR 165.7.




S. E. ANDERSON
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   08-08-2017 19:39    
THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT, DELAWARE BAY, IS NOTIFYING MARINERS THAT A BURIED SECTION OF PIPE APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF THE CAPE MAY INLET IS REDUCING THE WATER DEPTH FROM APPROXIMATELY 40 FEET TO BETWEEN 34 AND 24 FEET ALONG THE SHOAL. THE BURIED SECTION OF PIPE IS APPROXIMATELY 225 FEET LONG AND UNDER APPROXIMATELY 20 FEET OF SAND. THE BURIED PIPE AND SUBSEQUENT REDUCED DEPTH IS 38.919 N 74.857 W. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THIS AREA AS SOME DEPTHS AT MEAN LOW LOW WATER COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO NAVIGATION, ESPECIALLY DURING EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. VESSELS DRAFTING OVER 23 FEET SHOULD PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE TIDE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHOAL.

Posted   08-01-2017 16:26    
From COTP Sector Delaware Bay:

The Dredge CHARLESTON along with support equipment, tender boats Pusher 11, Duke and Captain Ed will commence dredging operations at Wilmington Harbor, Christiana River, DE or about August 1, 2017. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to the Wilmington Harbor North Disposal area, just north of the port. The project is expected to continue until approximately September 5, 2017.

The Dredge Operator will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. For any emergencies the dredge operator can be reached at 757-373-5253.

All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipelines, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment.

Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Since the project will be conducted twenty -four (24) hours per day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to the commencement of the work.
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Posted   06-15-2017 19:44    
MSIB 16-17 PHILADELPHIA TO SEA DREDGING MAINTENANCE PROJECT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard is establishing three safety zones to facilitate the Philadelphia to Sea Dredging Maintenance Project which will be conducting dredging in the Delaware River from June 17, 2017 through September 1, 2017. During this time, the dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging in Marcus Hook Range, followed by Deepwater Point Range, and finish dredging in New Castle Range.

Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge ILLINOIS and all related dredge equipment. Vessels are advised to ensure safe passage by contacting the dredge ILLINOIS 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project.

Safety zone two includes all the waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage No. 5 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (6), where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels. Safety zone two will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in New Castle Range. Notice of implementation and termination of this safety zone will be made via separate Marine Safety Information Bulletin, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and Local Notice to Mariners.

Safety zone three includes all the waters of Marcus Hook Anchorage No. 7 found in 33 CFR 110.157 (a) (8). Safety zone three will be in place only during the time the dredge ILLINOIS is conducting dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range. Pipe laying operations will begin June 17, 2017 and dredging will commence on June 20, 2017. Vessel requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the dredge ILLINOIS on VHF FM Channel 13 or 16, at 1 hour, as well as 30 minutes, prior to arrival. Vessel shall use the Marcus Hook Anchorage to transit around the dredge project, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake. The dredge ILLINOIS will begin dredging at the southern end of Marcus Hook Range and work their way to the northern end of the range. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless vessels obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or make satisfactory passing arrangements with the dredge ILLINOIS per this rule and the Rules of the Road (33 C.F.R. Subchapter E).

Vessels desiring to anchor within Marcus Hook anchorage during the enforcement of safety zone three must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807. The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Normally, this is a 48 hour anchorage; however, vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 12 hours during this time. Vessels that require an examination by the Public Health Service, Customs, or Immigration authorities will be directed to an anchorage for the required inspection by the COTP. Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (anchorage #9), Naval Base, Philadelphia Anchorage (anchorage #10), and Deepwater Point Anchorage (anchorage #6) as alternatives.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   06-05-2017 12:15    
NOTIFICATION OF HURRICANE SEASONAL ALERT

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-established. All vessels, facilities, and marinas are asked to take adequate precautions and review the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Port Hurricane Contingency Plan and their individual Heavy Weather Plans. For a copy of the latest Port Hurricane Contingency Plan, contact Sector Delaware Bay Contingency Preparedness staff at 215-271-4908 or log onto the USCG’s Homeport website at: http://homeport.uscg.mil. Once in Homeport, select the port directory tab, from the drop down menu select Delaware Bay, and then click on the link “Local Contingency Plans” to access preparation checklists:

1. Storm Preparation Checklist for Vessels
2. Storm Preparation Checklist for Facilities
3. Minimum Recommended Precautionary Measures for Ships
4. Minimum Recommended Precautionary Measures for Barges
5. Remaining in Port Checklist for Oceangoing Barges w/ Tugs and Oceangoing Vessels

Facility managers and ship agents are requested to ensure that vessels are provided with the contents of the Port Hurricane Contingency Plan and made aware of their responsibilities regarding safety of the port in the event of a hurricane. Agents should generally act as liaison between the Coast Guard and vessels and ensure that vessels frequenting the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone receive a copy of the applicable checklists, which are available on the Homeport website.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889, or after hours contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (215) 271-4807.



B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-12-2017 14:35    
OBJECT IN CHESTER RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of shoaling that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Chester Range, at 39° 49` 33.8016"N, 75° 22` 39.8166"W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Chester Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 39.1 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Dredging operations will be conducted within the next two weeks to reduce the shoaling to the Federal Channel Project depth of 40 feet. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4889 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   05-08-2017 19:16    
OBJECT IN MARCUS HOOK RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners of an object that has been reported in the Delaware River navigational channel, in Marcus Hook Range, at 39˚47.196871’N, 075˚ 27.309784’W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this portion of the Marcus Hook Range as some depths at mean low low water could be hazardous to navigation. Minimum depth at this objects location is 39.5 feet at mean low low water.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should avoid this area and transit around the object.

Survey vessels will be in the vicinity of the object on May 8, 2017 and thereafter while salvage operations are being conducted. Vessels are requested to contact working vessels in this location on VHF Channel 16 and make safe passing arrangements no later than 1 hour prior to arrival at this location.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   04-19-2017 17:32    
MSIB 09-17 DELAIR DRAW BRIDGE TEST DEVIATION

The Capitan of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that the Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation authorizing the DELAIR Memorial Railroad Bridge over the Delaware River, mile 104.6, in Delair, NJ, to be remotely operated from the Conrail South Jersey dispatch center in Mount Laurel, NJ, from 8 a.m. on April 24, 2017, to 7:59 a.m. on October 21, 2017.

This deviation will test the remote operation capability of the drawbridge to determine whether the bridge can be safely operated from a remote location. During the temporary deviation, a bridge tender will be stationed on-site at the bridge and will be able to immediately take local control of the bridge, as required. The remote operation system of the bridge incorporates a dedicated telephone line (856) 231-2301 for bridge operations, a push-to-talk (PTT) opening signal of 5 clicks on VHF-FM channel 13, and an automated identification system (AIS) transmitter to provide real-time bridge status.

AIS bridge status is provided via the name transmitted by the private aids to navigation as: DELAIR BRG-OPEN (fully open and locked position, channel light green), DELAIR BRG-CLOSED (other than fully open, not inoperative), or DELAIR BRG-INOP (other than fully open, inoperative). The AIS transmitter is assigned maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number 993663001 and has been installed on the New Jersey side of the bridge at the bridge and land intersection in approximate position 39 degrees, 58 minutes, 50.52 seconds North (39.9807 N), 75 degrees, 03 minutes, 58.75 seconds West (-75.06632 W).

The Coast Guard is encouraging public participation and requesting comments concerning this temporary (test) deviation. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before August 18, 2017. Please access the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov to view docket number USCG-2016-0257 for additional details and to provide comments concerning this temporary (test) deviation.


B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-08-2017 20:31    
LITTLE EGG INLET, NEW JERSEY
DISCONTINUED AIDS TO NAVIGATION (REVISED)

On or about March 15, 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will discontinue the below listed Aids to Navigation due to shoaling in Little Egg Inlet, NJ.

Recent on-scene reports from local Coast Guard units indicate significant shoaling exists in the Little Egg Inlet between Little Egg Inlet Outer Lighted Whistle Buoy LE (LLNR 1100/35) and Little Egg Inlet buoy 10 (LLNR 1131) to an average channel depth of 3 feet at MLW. As a result, the current aids to navigation in this shoaled portion of the waterway do not accurately mark safe water. The following aids to navigation will be discontinued to prevent leading mariners astray:

• Little Egg Inlet (Chart Affected: 12316)

o Little Egg Inlet Outer Lighted Whistle Buoy LE (LLNR 1100/35)
o Little Egg Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 1105)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 1110 )
o Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4A (LLNR 1117 )
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1120)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 1125)
o Little Egg Inlet Buoy 8 (LLNR 1129)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 10 (LLNR 1131)

Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) is inaccessible to Coast Guard assets and cannot be removed at this time. Be advised Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) does not mark safe water.

Boaters choosing to transit through Little Egg Inlet do so at their own risk. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5

To report any aids to navigation discrepancies, shoaling, or hazards to navigation please contact Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807. The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update mariners as necessary.

B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay
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Posted   02-17-2017 19:16    
MSIB 05-17 SHOALING IN CHERRY ISLAND RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in Cherry Island Range. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel as follows:

•Beginning on the western side of the channel 1100 feet south of Green Buoy “7C” (LLN 3035) extending approximately 1000 feet past Green Buoy “5C” (LLN 3025), from the western edge of the channel approximately 100 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of Cherry Island Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

You can find the latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data on their website at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

Posted   02-17-2017 19:11    
SHOALING IN NEW CASTLE RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in New Castle Range in the Delaware River. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel as follows:

• On the western side of the channel between the north side of the entrance to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and the southern end of Pea Patch Island, extending from the western edge of the channel approximately 300 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of New Castle Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

You can find the latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data on their website at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   02-17-2017 19:10    
MSIB 03-17 SHOALING IN DEEPWATER RANGE

The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that there have been reports of shoaling in Deepwater Point Range in the Delaware River. The shoaling is reportedly in the main navigation channel as follows:

• Beginning on the north western side of the range, approximately 1400 feet south of Lighted Bell Buoy “1C” (LLN 2965), extending south on the western side 2400 feet past Lighted Buoy “5D” (LLN 2950), from the western edge of the channel 200 feet towards centerline.

• Beginning approximately 2800 feet north of Lighted Buoy “4D” (LLN 2945), extending south along the eastern side of the channel to the end of the range, from the eastern edge of the channel approximately 200 feet into the channel.

Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting these portions of Deepwater Range as some depths at Mean Low Low Water could be hazardous to navigation, especially during extreme weather events.

Vessels drafting over 35 feet should pay particular attention to the tide and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the shoal.

You can find the latest Army Corps of Engineers survey data on their website at http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Surveys/Projects/PhiladelphiatoSea/.

If you have any questions regarding the content of this bulletin, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Command Center at (215) 271-4807.




B. A. COOPER
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay

Posted   03-31-2016 13:59    
COMMANDER
U.S. COAST GUARD
SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
ONE WASHINGTON AVE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147-4395
TEL: (215) 271-4800
FAX: (215) 271-4833
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN (MSIB)
[MSIB # 06-16]
February 24, 2016
ADVANCE NOTICE / REQUEST FOR LIGHTERING
(Updated with fillable form)

(This MSIB supersedes MSIB 06-12)
Definitions-
Big Stone Anchorage: is “Anchorage A” described in Title 33 CFR 110.157(a).
Bunkering: “Bunkering”, for this MSIB, is regarded as a bulk oil transfer of fuel oil or lube oil, as defined by Title 33 CFR Part 154.105, to a vessel from a waterfront facility, mobile facility (tank truck), or another vessel. Bunkering operations do not require advance notice. Bunkering is not allowed in severe weather when winds are at 40 mph (sustained) [35 knots] or greater.
Lightering Operations: are defined by Title 33 CFR Part 156.205 as “the transfer of a cargo of oil or a hazardous material in bulk from one vessel to another, including all phases of the operation from the beginning of the mooring operation to the departure of the service vessel from the vessel to be lightered, except when that cargo is intended only for use as fuel or lubricant aboard the receiving vessel.”
Lightering Vessel: is the vessel which discharges oil or hazardous material in bulk to a Receiving Vessel.
“OSRO”: is an Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) and is further defined by Title 33 CFR Part 154.1020.
“QI”, or Qualified Individual: is a person who meets the requirements of Title 33 CFR Part 154.1026.
Receiving Vessel is the vessel which receives cargo of oil or hazardous material in bulk from another vessel in a lightering operation.
Reverse Lightering Operations: A transfer of oil or hazardous material in bulk (as cargo) from a barge or small tank ship to what is predominantly a larger Receiving Vessel.”
Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone: is defined by Title 33 CFR Part 3.25-05.
Servicing Vessel: is synonymous with the term “Receiving Vessel” and described in Title 33 CFR Part 156.205.
Upriver means: for the purposes of this MSIB, any waters north of the Southern Span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.


Big Stone Anchorage (Anchorage A) Lightering Operations and Offshore Lightering Operations:
As authorized by 33 CFR 156.118(b), the Captain of the Port Delaware Bay requires at least 4 hours advance notice for all vessel to vessel oil or hazardous material bulk cargo transfers within Big Stone Anchorage. Prior to conducting Big Stone Anchorage Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative must submit the Advance Notice /Request for Lightering (Enclosure 1), to the Coast Guard, via email (SECDelBay-SUC@USCG.mil).
After providing the Advance Notice / Request for Lightering for Big Stone Anchorage Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative may proceed, per their notification, and the Sector Command Center will issue a control number to document their submission. Submitters may request their notification control number from the Sector Command Center, as needed, at (215) 271-4807. Calling the Sector Command Center for a control number is not required, but control numbers are voluntarily available upon request. Notifications do not need to be updated if the anticipated time changes by less than 12 hours. Offshore Lightering Operations are any lightering seaward of Anchorage A, in the Captain of the Port Zone. Notification is still required, four hours in advance, using the attached form, with latitude/longitude provided as a location.

Upriver Lightering Operations: Prior to conducting Upriver Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative must submit the Advance Notice /Request for Lightering (Enclosure 1), to the Coast Guard, via e-mail (SECDelBay-SUC@USCG.mil). Upriver Lightering Operations require both 4 hours advance notification and approval by the COTP. After providing the Advance Notice / Request for Lightering for Upriver Lightering Operations, the vessel’s owner, operator, master or representative must first receive an approval from the Sector Command Center before lightering operations may begin. Under normal circumstances, submitters should expect approval within 2 hours and will receive their request back marked APPROVED. Requests do not need to be updated if the anticipated time changes by less than 12 hours.

Severe Weather
Sector personnel may contact AMPD providers to ascertain response capabilities and risk assessments; this may increase time required for approval. If severe weather is forecasted, the COTP may set Port Condition Whiskey via MSIB which will detail port requirements likely to include suspension of bunkering or lightering operations. In any event, when winds are above 40 mph (sustained) [35 knots], no bunkering nor lightering operations are permitted. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port, please contact the Sector Command Center at (215) 271-4807, or SECDelBay-SUC@USCG.mil.



Benjamin A. Cooper
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port Delaware Bay
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Posted   03-21-2016 12:41    
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeacoastWAMS

Background: The Coast Guard is responsible for developing and implementing policy for establishing, operating, and maintaining the Federal Aids to Navigation System consisting of over 48,000 Federal buoys, beacons, ranges, sound signals and electronic ATON.

The Office of Navigation Systems will determine how the Coast Guard can provide the most effective and efficient ATON system that current resources will allow. Future waterway design must incorporate electronic and modern
physical ATON within the MTS. In addition, this analysis will adjust policy where appropriate and redefine ATON and MSI levels of service.

. The Coast Guard is conducting a study to update its policy governing waterway design criteria, redefine national levels of service that will promote the safety of future maritime transportation on U.S. navigable waters and enhance mariner situational awareness by capturing navigation requirements and leveraging new technology.

. We will consider all feedback from our national, regional, and local maritime partners related to the Atlantic and Gulf Seacoast System and address those concerns as we redefine national levels of service and waterway design criteria.

. In addition to public feedback, the Coast Guard will examine many factors when determining the optimal waterway design criteria. These factors include waterway, vessel and boat characteristics; available technology; waterway users; predominate cargo; and environmental considerations. The Coast Guard`s top priority will always be safety of life at sea, and any new policy will support that objective.

. The Coast Guard is committed to enabling the safe and efficient movement of vessels on the Maritime Transportation System, a system which enables the continuous flow of overseas trade into U.S. ports, sustains 13 million jobs and contributes more than $649 billion annually to the U.S. GDP.

. Some Federal Aids to Navigation were established on mariner requirements that predate modern navigation technologies and methods.

. This study is part of the Coast Guard`s Future of Navigation initiative, a nationwide effort to bring our waterways, MSI, and ATON architecture into the 21st Century.

. This assessment is a long-term project, and we will keep the maritime community informed of any new information or opportunities to provide input as we redefine national levels of service and waterway design criteria to
promote the safety of future maritime transportation and commerce on U.S. navigable waters.

Waterway users are encouraged to provide feedback via a short survey that can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeacoastWAMS