Tuesday, January 2, 2018

USCG Seeks Navigation Input

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard is asking mariners and other maritime stakeholders to weigh in on its Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study, which looks at the short-range Aids to Navigation (ATON) system that encompasses American waterways from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and around Alaska, Hawaii and all United States territories throughout the Pacific.

“This WAMS study will help us to tailor our Aids to Navigation levels of service to better meet the needs of mariners across the Pacific Seacoast System,” said Cmdr. Justin Kimura, the chief of the Navigation Technology and Risk Management Division in the Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems.

Aids to Navigation is managed by the US Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and maintained by Coast Guard buoy tenders and ATON teams across the United States. It aids mariners determine their position, chart a safe course and avoid hazards. Comments will be accepted until March 31. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/PacSeacoastWAMS to take the survey.