On May 11, 2011 the Coast Guard announced to the public that it was conducting a Port Access Route Study of the entire East Coast. Your participation in this study is important and will ensure that your concerns are fully understood and considered should the Coast Guard undertake any action to change existing vessel traffic routing measures. A subsequent Notice of Study for the ACPARS was published on 09 December, 2011 to gather additional comments. We invite you to submit comments by following the “Submit Comments” link on the left hand side of this page.
It is critical that the Coast Guard receives input from you as a maritime stakeholder to determine whether existing and projected uses of the waterways, including the effects of new routing measures, may have on you and others. The study is necessary to determine if new routing measures or changes to existing routing measures are necessary to balance the multiple uses of the waterway, while ensuring the safety of navigation. Unlike any port access route study before it, the ACPARS will not focus only on the waterway from the sea buoy into the port. Rather, it will focus on the coastwise shipping routes and near-coastal users of the Western Atlantic Ocean between the coastal ports, and the approaches to coastal ports within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The ACPARS Workgroup recently released an ACPARS Interim Report that summarizes the work of the ACPARS Workgroup over the previous year and discusses the work that remains to be done. Your input as a maritime waterway user within the area of study is crucial, and we request that you take the time to review the Federal Register notices and the ACPARS Interim Report.
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