Marine Safety Information Bulletin
U. S. Coast Guard MSIB Number: 14-20
Sector Charleston Date: April 3, 2020
Waterways Management Division
196 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Port Access Route Study (PARS)
Sector Charleston, SC
ACTION: Notice of study; request for comments. SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is conducting a Port Access Route Study (PARS) to determine whether existing or additional vessel routing measures are necessary along the seacoast of North Carolina and in the approaches to the Cape Fear River and Beaufort Inlet (hereinafter, “NCPARS”). The study is focused on routes between port approaches and international entry and departure transit areas affecting North Carolina ports. The NCPARS 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, weather conditions, or navigational difficulty. The aim of vessel routing measures are to reduce the risk of 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 lead to future rulemakings or appropriate international agreements. DATES: Comments and related material must be received on or before May 18, 2020. Requests for a public meeting must be submitted on or before April 17, 2020. For additional information and/or to coordinate a public meeting regarding the NCPARS, please visit the below website.
This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.