COAST GUARD SEEKS COMMENTS ON HOW TO IMPROVE OUR NATION’S SHALLOW DRAFT WATERWAYS ATON SYSTEM
The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting an assessment of the Shallow Draft Waterways System (SDWS), the fourth in a series of studies to determine the navigation requirements for mariners in the U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS). This Level of Service study will help the Coast Guard to determine the Aids to Navigation (ATON) requirements in the SDWS which includes all navigable waterways of the United States less than 12 feet.
The study is focused on providing consistent, program-wide policy necessary to support Coast Guard District Commanders in the execution and management of ATON services within the Shallow Draft Waterway System. The shallow draft system is present in all nine Coast Guard Districts. The recommendations will not determine what individual ATON to add, keep, or remove, but they may shape policy for the next generation waterway system management and design. All ATON activities remain under the purview of the local District Commander. The assessment is part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s effort to make navigable waterways of the United States safer, more efficient and resilient. Studies have been previously conducted of the Atlantic and Pacific Seacoast Systems along with the Western Rivers (Inland Waterways) System. Future studies are planned to include the Deep Draft Waterway Systems.
Further questions or comments may be emailed to: CGNAV@uscg.mil using the subject line: “Shallow Draft Level of Service Study”.