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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comments as part of an Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study (AACPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures along the Arctic Coast of the United States for vessels proceeding to or from ports or places of the United States and transiting within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. The information gathered during this AACPARS may result in the establishment of one or more vessel routing measures. The goal of the AACPARS is to enhance navigational safety by examining existing shipping routes and waterway uses, and, to the extent practicable, reconciling the paramount right of navigation with other reasonable waterway uses. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemaking action or appropriate international agreements.
Comments must be submitted to the online docket (docket number USCG-2018-1058) via http://www.regulations.gov, or reach the Docket Management Facility, on or before Sept. 1, 2019.
For full details, view the Federal Register Notice, or call or email the following points of contact at the Coast Guard District 17 offices in Juneau:
Lt. Cmdr. Michael Newell
Mr. David Seris
Lt. Stephanie Bugyis
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