Mariners are invited to weigh in on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study, a document that would determine whether current or new routing measures are needed to improve navigation safety for various reasons.
Those reasons could range from planned or potential offshore development and port projects to weather-related impacts, rising vessel traffic and current or potential anchorage areas.
“Vessel routing measures are implemented to reduce the risk of marine casualties,” the agency explained in a statement. “Examples of potential measures include traffic separation schemes, two-way routes, recommended tracks, deep-water routes, precautionary areas and areas to be avoided.”
The study is expected to focus on San Diego, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, Humboldt Bay, Coos Bay, Yaquina Bay, Astoria, Grays Harbor and Puget Sound.
Mariners may submit input online until Jan. 25 to the Federal Register by visiting https://www.regulations.gov, typing in federal register docket number “USCG-2021-0345” in the “search box,” clicking “Search” and then clicking “Comment Now.”
For more, email the PAC-PARS team at PACPARS@USCG.MIL.