The Coast Guard is conducting a Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study (PAC-PARS) at Yaquina Bay, Coos Bay and Astoria in Oregon and other Pacific Coast seaports.
The PAC-PARS will consider whether existing or additional routing measures are necessary to improve navigation safety due to factors such as planned or potential offshore development, current port capabilities and planned improvements, increased vessel traffic, existing and potential anchorage areas, changing vessel traffic patterns, effects of weather, or navigational difficulty.
Vessel routing measures are implemented to reduce the risk of marine casualties. Examples of potential measures include traffic separation schemes, two-way routes, recommended tracks, deep-water routes, precautionary areas, and areas to be avoided.
The recommendations of the study may subsequently be implemented through rule makings or in accordance with international agreements. The safety study also will be conducted at San Diego, Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Francisco, Humboldt Bay in California and Grays Harbor and Puget Sound in Washington.
Mariners are encouraged to participate in this study by submitting comments and input to the Federal Register. To submit your comment online, go to https://www.regulations.gov, and insert Federal Register docket number “USCG-2021-0345” in the “search box”. Click “Search” and then click “Comment Now.”
The Coast Guard said it will consider all comments and material received on or before Jan. 25, 2022.
For more information about the Marine Safety Information Bulletin or the study, email the PAC-PARS team at “PACPARS@USCG.MIL”