Coast Guard to hold Buzzards Bay safety forum

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(BOSTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting for members of the public to participate in a Buzzards Bay Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) workshop in February.

A longstanding and proven Coast Guard process for formal public study, a PAWSA is a joint effort involving waterway users, stakeholders, and agencies to focus on identifying major waterway safety hazards, estimating risk levels, and evaluating risk mitigation measures.

Participants will convene in Wareham, Mass., on Feb. 7-8 for a structured workshop with facilitated sessions aimed to ensure the environmental protection and safe navigation of the Buzzards Bay waterway system.

The Coast Guard has sponsored and led more than 50 PAWSA studies nationwide since 1999.

The Coast Guard will select participants based on their waterway expertise and to create a broad cross-section of Buzzards Bay stakeholders. Members of the public who wish to participate in the workshop are invited to provide their name, contact information, connection to the waterway, experience, and related skills to by Dec. 22. Formal invitations to selectees will follow.

More information about the PAWSA process and previously conducted workshops can be found by clicking here.

Coast Guard experts will host two informational webinars on the PAWSA process on Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. For webinar access, click here.

By Professional Mariner Staff