Coast Guard seeks in­put for Mid-At­lantic marine nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems

Maryland Independent - - Business -

The U.S. Coast Guard is seek­ing in­put from com­mer­cial and re­cre­ational mariners for an as­sess­ment of nav­i­ga­tion re­quire­ments along the Mid-At­lantic sea­coast.

The Coast Guard Wa­ter­ways Anal­y­sis and Man­age­ment Sys­tem sur­vey is fo­cused on both the At­lantic Ocean and Gulf of Mex­ico sea­coast sys­tems, open wa­ter sys­tems typ­i­cally trav­eled by mariners ar­riv­ing from an ocean voy­age or tran­sit­ing along the coast.

In­di­vid­ual mariners and in­ter­ested mar­itime in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives can pro­vide in­put un­til May 31 at https://www.sur­vey­mon­key.com/r/Sea­coastWAMS. In ad­di­tion to stake­holder in­put, the study will also con­sider en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns, user ca­pa­bil­i­ties, avail­able tech­nol­ogy and avail­able re­sources.

The as­sess­ment is the first in a se­ries of na­tion­wide re­views that are part of the Fu­ture of Nav­i­ga­tion ini­tia­tive which seeks to im­prove de­liv­ery of marine safety in­for­ma­tion, mod­ern­ize the Coast Guard’s phys­i­cal aids-to-nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, in­cor­po­rate au­to­matic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tems where ap­pro­pri­ate and im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tions with the Marine Trans­porta­tion Sys­tem. Main­tained by Coast Guard cut­ters and teams around the na­tion, aids to nav­i­ga­tion guide mil­i­tary, com­mer­cial and re­cre­ational ves­sels through U.S. wa­ters.

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