The Coast Guard will select participants based on their waterway expertise and to create a broad cross-section of Straits of Mackinac waterways users and stakeholders. The workshop will be held in St. Ignace, Michigan, July 24-15.
In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard promulgated an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to seek comprehensive public input and examine whether there is a need for a proposed rule on new anchorage grounds on the Hudson River to promote safe navigation. After a review of the comments, Rear Adm. Steven Poulin, Commander of the First Coast Guard District, suspended future rulemaking decisions and directed a formal risk identification and evaluation of the Hudson River, known as a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment. This post provides information on the PAWSA process as well as insight into the Coast Guard’s decision to suspend rule-making activities.
The Coast Guard has a major role in maintaining the U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS); the more than 25,000 miles of inland, intracoastal and coastal waterways that connect the United States to the rest of the world and facilitate more than $4.5 trillion in trade every year. To ensure the U.S. Coast Guard meets those objectives, it recently released an instruction that details organic marine planning roles and responsibilities within a greater interagency framework.