The purpose of this Shallow Water WAMS is to advise the Office of Navigation Systems in the review and update of national aids to navigation level of service policy.  This report will inform and provide recommendations to improve service that is provided mariners navigating in waters less than 12 feet deep

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* 1. Shallow Water Waterways Analysis and Management System Study

 

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Authority:  14 U.S.C. § 93, Commandant; general powers; 33 U.S.C. §§ 1223 and 1228; and 46 U.S.C. §§ 700 and 3717

 

Purpose: To collect data that will be used to advise the Coast Guard in the review and update of national Aids to Navigation (ATON) level of service policy, resulting in better understanding of current mariner navigational needs and capabilities, which will inform the Coast Guard’s management of the U.S. ATON system.  In order to assist with maintaining confidentiality, respondents are advised not to include any personally identifiable information not requested in their responses.

 

Routine Uses:  This survey solicits information that the Coast Guard will use to validate the provision of required services to the mariner, and also foster enhanced workforce efficiency for the Coast Guard as it transforms U.S. waterways into a physical and information-based system.  DHS/USCG-013, Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE), June 25, 2009, 74 FR 30305 provides coverage for this collection. 

 

Disclosure:  Furnishing this information is strictly voluntary.

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* 2. What do you consider your level of expertise?

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* 3. How many years have you been operating in shallow waterways? (<12ft)

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* 4. How often do you operate in waters less than 12 feet?

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* 5. Have you completed a Boating Safety or Navigation course and did it discuss Aids to Navigation (ATON)?

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* 6. What is the primary area you operate in?

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* 7. Do you engage in night time transits of shallow waterways?

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* 8. When you operate in these areas, what is the nature of the trip?

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* 9. What type of vessel do you operate in waters of less than 12 feet?

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* 10. How deep is your vessel’s draft?

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* 11. At what speed do you usually operate your vessel?

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* 12. What is your primary positioning source?

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* 13. What navigational equipment do you have onboard?  Please check all that apply.

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* 14. If your vessel is equipped with AIS, can you display AIS information on an external device such as a RADAR or Electronic Charting System?

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* 15. What hazards to navigation are you most concerned about when operating in shallow water?

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* 16. What is the depth of water that you determine to be too shallow to enter?

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* 17. Do you rely on physical aids to navigation (buoys and beacons) when navigating in shallow water?  (This question is designed to understand how mariners use federal aids, not to assess seamanship or navigation skills.  Please choose the answer which most honestly reflects your situation.)

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* 18. Does depth of water impact whether or not you rely on physical aids to navigation?

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* 19. At what distance  do you need to be visually notified of shoal water or other hazards of the waterway?

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* 20. How do you obtain navigation and Marine Safety Information for the waterway(s) you transit?   Select all that apply.  (This includes information published by the USCG or other Federal Agencies such as the Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Notice to Mariners, or Notices to Navigational Interest - Examples: ATON discrepancies, proposed changes to the waterway, dredging projects, local events with safety and security zones, etc.)

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* 21. Do the services provided by the USCG in shallow waterways adequately meet your needs?

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* 22. In general, what could the Coast Guard do better to meet your needs in shallow waterways?

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