that the ACPARS workgroup has been an effective
forum to leverage limited resources to accomplish
a large-scale project. Collaboration among subject
matter experts throughout Coast Guard headquarters, Atlantic Area, and districts to develop methodologies, core language for correspondence, and outreach tools has resulted in higher quality products,
consistency, and economies of scale.
Risk levels at varying distances from vessel traffc routes, derived from the United
Kingdom Maritime Guidance Note 371. Chart by Mr. Pat Wycko, U.S. Coast Guard
to very low (5 nm). They labeled the edge of a shipping
route out to 1 nm red, indicating it is not suitable for
1 nm and 5 nm, a moderate level of risk remains and
was labeled yellow, indicating additional safety measuresmayberequiredtomitigatetherisk.Andfnally
areas greater than 5 nm from a shipping route are
expected to pose minimal impact to navigational risk,
so were labeled green.
Phase Three — Determine the Risks of
Varied Siting and Routing Scenarios
Phase three was beyond the scope of the Coast
Guard — so the workgroup sought BOEM's assistance
to complete the modeling and analysis.
The Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study workgrouprequestedspecifcdeliverablesincludingan
analytical determination of routes and a geospatial
information system-based model to predict traffic
density and patterns. The modeling and analysis processisongoingandthefnalreportisexpectedinlate
2013. With that report in hand, the workgroup expects
Finally, coordinated efforts not only enabled the
larger project of studying the Atlantic Coast as a
whole, but also provided the support necessary for
CG districts and sectors to engage in individual
state task forces in an effective manner.
About the authors:
Mr. Emile Benard is an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the Coast Guard Atlantic Area as the project manager for the
Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study. He is a retired Coast Guard
commander with extensive experience in program management and
analysis. He was formerly the chief of the Waterways Management
Branch at Coast Guard Atlantic Area. Mr. Benard holds a B.S. in
applied science from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a
master's degree in industrial hygiene from Johns Hopkins School of
Hygiene and Public Health.
Mr. Patrick Wycko is the Coast Guard Atlantic Area lead for the
National Ocean Policy and coastal and marine spatial planning. He
is a subject matter expert on offshore energy siting.
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