Aids to Navigation Analysis

dweller - June 14, 2011

 From the June 2011 Local Notice to Mariners:

The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System Study on the following waterways during 2011. The study focuses on the area's aid to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, emergency response plans, routine and emergency communication capabilities, and future development projects. Any company or individual wishing to comment on the waterway reviews listed below is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard unit listed with that review. A survey is attached to the Local Notice to Mariner [posted at the end of this document] and can be used to comment on these reviews or on any waterways located in the Great Lakes. The waterway studies listed below ends 01 October 2011.
 
 
Isle Royale (LLNR 16585 – 16915)
Les Cheneaux Island (LLNR 12220 – 12530)
Commander
Sector Sault Ste Marie
337 Water Street
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
(906) 635-3270
 
St. Joseph / Benton Harbors (LLNR 19515 - 19534.4)
Burns Harbor (LLNR 19575 - 19625)
Waukegan / Kenosha / Racine Harbors (LLNR 20305 - 20630)
Commander
Sector Lake Michigan
2420 South Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 747 7180
 
Buffalo Harbor / Black Rock Canal (LLNR 2665 - 3360)
St. Lawrence Seaway (LLNR 5 - 1750)
Commander
Sector Buffalo
1 Fuhrmann Blvd.
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 843-9524
 
Lorain / Huron Harbors (LLNR 4265 - 5455)
Commanding Officer
USCGC BRISTOL BAY (WTGB 102)
110 Elliot Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 568-9523
 
Duluth / Superior Harbors (LLNR 15595 - 16250)
Grand Traverse Bay (LLNR 17855 - 18366)
Knife River / Two harbors (LLNR 16495 - 16580)
Commanding Officer
USCGC ALDER (WLB 216)
1201 Minnesota Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 529-3131
 
Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal (LLNR 20990 - 21225)
Commanding Officer
USCGC MOBILE BAY (WTGB 103)
P.O. Box 287
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 743-2646
 
 
Milwaukee Harbor (LLNR 20635 – 20765)
Commanding Officer
USCGC MACKINAW (WLBB-30)
632 Coast Guard Drive
Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 597-2030
 
 
Waterway Analysis and Management System Survey
Name of Waterway: _________________________________________
User Information   ___Commercial User ___Recreational User
Name: ________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________
Phone: ________________________________________________________
E-mail address: ________________________________________________ Company/Employer: ____________________________________________
Number of years in the maritime industry or number of years using this waterway: ____________________________________________________
Number of transits in the waterway per year: ________________________
Number of night transits of waterway: _____________________________
Seasonal Dates: Start: ______________End:____________________
Name of Vessel: ________________________________________________
Vessel Description: _____________________________________________
Length: ___________Beam:__________Draft:_________Gross Tons: _____
Net Tons: _________Bridge Height of Eye: ___________________________
Cargo Carried: _________________________________________________
Navigational tools used: (ECDIS/ECPINS, GPS, DGPS,VISUAL, RADAR)______________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
What area do you believe is the most dangerous or difficult to navigate:______________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Are the floating aids to navigation (lighted and unlighted buoys) adequate for this waterway: _______________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Are the fixed aids to navigation (lights, ranges, lighthouses, daybeacons) adequate for this waterway: _______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Are the year round and lighted ice buoys adequate: ____________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Are there buoys that you feel should be changed to fixed aids to navigation? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Are there any buoys that could be eliminated from this waterway: ________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Are there any buoys with sound signals that the bell or gong could be removed: ______________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Are there any areas that require additional aids to navigation in this waterway: _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________
Do the nautical charts, Coast Pilot, and Light List meet your needs for this waterway:_____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Are there private Aids to Navigation that you find misleading or interfere with the current system in the waterway: _____________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Any addition comments on this waterway:___________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
 
 
Thank you for taking time to comment on this waterway. Your input as a mariner very valuable to the U. S. Coast Guard in evaluating waterways to make them safe and as easily navigable as possible. Please fell free to contact Mr. Doug Sharp at william.d.sharp@uscg.mil or (216) 902-6070 with any other questions or concerns about any aids to navigation in the Great Lakes.
 
The survey can be mailed to:
 
Commander (dpw-2)
Ninth Coast Guard District
1240 east Ninth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44199