The US Coast Guard is conducting a study of navigation needs in the Pacific Seacoast System and wants help from sailors in the region. The Waterways Analysis and Management System study will review the short range Aids to Navigation system that covers American waterways from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and around Alaska, Hawaii and all US territories throughout the Pacific.
You can chime in at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PacSeacoastWAMS. The survey will be available until March 31, 2018.
In addition to the survey input, the system-wide study will cover international requirements, environmental concerns, user capabilities, available technology and available resources. The study is part of the USCG’s Future of Navigation initiative, the multi-year effort to analyze, optimize and modernize the navigation systems that guide millions of mariners into US ports.
“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.
Managed by the USCG Office of Navigation Systems and maintained by Coast Guard buoy tenders and ATON teams around the nation, Aids to Navigation help mariners determine their position, chart a safe course, and steer clear of hazards.