Waterways Policy

12/14/2017: Participants sought for Buzzards Bay Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment

The Coast Guard is seeking participants for a Buzzards Bay Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) workshop in February.

A longstanding and proven Coast Guard process for formal public study, a PAWSA is a joint effort involving waterway users, stakeholders, and agencies to focus on identifying major waterway safety hazards, estimating risk levels, and evaluating risk mitigation measures.

Participants will convene in Wareham, Massachusetts, Feb. 7-8, 2018, for a structured workshop with facilitated sessions aimed to ensure the environmental protection and safe navigation of the Buzzards Bay waterway system.

The Coast Guard will select participants based on their waterway expertise and to create a broad cross-section of Buzzards Bay stakeholders. Anyone who would like to participate in the workshop should provide their name, contact information, connection to the waterway, experience, and related skills to mailto:buzzardsbaypawsa@uscg.mil by Dec. 22, 2017. Formal invitations to selectees will follow.

Coast Guard experts will host two informational webinars on the PAWSA process on January 10, at 10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. To find out more about the PAWSA process, or to request webinar access, visit the Navigation Center’s website.

The Coast Guard has sponsored and led more than 50 PAWSA studies nationwide since 1999.

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