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Coast Guard announces details of Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment on Hudson River

Coast Guard announces details of Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment on Hudson River

U.S. Coast Guard Press Release: The U.S. Coast Guard identified locations and dates for the Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) Workshops. Dates in November have been identified for two groups of waterway users and stakeholders to participate in two-day structured ...
Coast Guard plans Hudson River safety assessment workshops on anchorages

Coast Guard plans Hudson River safety assessment workshops on anchorages

WorkBoat: Under fire from New York state and local officials, the Coast Guard announced it will hold Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment Workshops in November as part of its review of proposed barge anchorages along the river. The Coast ...
Making waves: Jon Bowermaster launches Hope on the Hudson

Making waves: Jon Bowermaster launches Hope on the Hudson

Hudson Valley One: Jon Bowermaster isn’t into being famous, particularly. After a couple of decades as a world adventurer, author and filmmaker who documented Antarctica and other far-flung parts of our ocean planet on National Geographic expeditions, the Stone Ridge ...
Amendment to Defund Future Anchorage Plans on Hudson Passes House

Amendment to Defund Future Anchorage Plans on Hudson Passes House

Hudson Valley News Network: After working to kill the Coast Guard’s initial proposal to install ten new anchorage sites on the Hudson River, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that his amendment to defund future attempts to establish these sites ...
Poor visibility, pilot error cited in Hudson River barge grounding

Poor visibility, pilot error cited in Hudson River barge grounding

WorkBoatExtreme Hudson River fog and a powerful current contributed to the April 4 grounding of a barge carrying 60,000 bbls. of gasoline at Catskill, N.Y., according to a report from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation police. The ...
Maloney joins Coast Guard for on the river tour of the Hudson

Maloney joins Coast Guard for on the river tour of the Hudson

MidHudsonNews.com: Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18), who was a driving force in killing the proposal to allow additional commercial anchorages on the Hudson River between Yonkers and Newburgh, joined the East Coast region Coast Guard leader on the river ...
Poughkeepsie Journal: State should assert its role over Hudson River protection

Poughkeepsie Journal: State should assert its role over Hudson River protection

Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board: Protectors of the Hudson River – and that should be all of us – caught a big break recently when the U.S. Coast Guard pronounced it was backing off a potentially disastrous plan to designate as ...

DEC releases findings on barge that ran aground carrying two million gallons of gasoline

DEC releases findings on barge that ran aground carrying two million gallons of gasoline

Hudson Valley 360: The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released an “After Action” report following an incident from April where a Reinauer Transportation LLC barge carrying over two million gallons of gasoline ran aground on the Hudson River near ...
Video: Assemblywoman Didi Barrett discusses bill preventing barge anchorage sites

Video: Assemblywoman Didi Barrett discusses bill preventing barge anchorage sites

Spectrum News: State lawmakers say New York can permanently keep oil barges from anchoring in the Hudson River — if the Coast Guard decides to revisit the issue. The legislature passed a bill this year that would change state navigation ...
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Coast Guard Postings Regarding Suspension of the Rulemaking Process on the Anchorage Proposal and Initiation of the Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment process

On June 29, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard posted three documents on Regulations.gov regarding its decision about the anchorage proposal.

On September 8, 2017, the Coast Guard issued a press release announcing the details of the Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment on Hudson River.

  • On November 7-8, a workshop will be held in the Mid-Hudson region.
  • On November 15-16, a workshop will be held in Albany, New York.
  • Coast Guard experts will host two informational PAWSA webinars on Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Information about the Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) Workshops can be found here:

Legislation restricting the anchorage

Hudson Valley elected officials have been working on legislation that addresses the threat posed by the Coast Guard’s proposal to establish ten new anchorage grounds on the Hudson River.   Several environmental groups have issued memoranda of support for this legislation, and some local governments have also passed resolutions supporting the bills.  Here are some links:

What it’s all about

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a proposal to establish ten new anchorage grounds on the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston, New York.

The proposal comes at the request of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey, which represents various interests in the shipping and petroleum industries. The Association says that more anchorage grounds will improve navigation safety along portions of the Hudson River where there are currently few or no anchorages.

In its letter to the Coast Guard, the Association points out that barge traffic “has increased dramatically” over the past few years — due largely to the influx of fracking oil arriving by rail at the Port of Albany — and this traffic will increase “significantly over the next few years” due to the recent lifting of the ban on exporting crude oil.

Opponents of the proposal argue that the anchorages, which provide 42 long-term mooring berths (and one short-term), will turn into parking lots for barges, facilitate more commercial traffic, and “reindustrialize” the Hudson.

The barges pollute the river with their noisy generators and “stadium” lighting, and their anchors drag on the river bottom, which damages the habitats of endangered fish species.  An increase in commercial traffic also puts recreational boaters in danger.  Most worrisome of all is that more oil barges on the Hudson will increase the risks of a catastrophic spill.

The Coast Guard is seeking public comments and information about the operational need for new anchorage grounds, what form possible regulations should take, and the potential impacts on riverside communities. Everyone is encouraged to file comments with the Coast Guard, which has extended the deadline from Sept. 7 to Dec. 6, 2016.

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HudsonRiverAnchorages.org serves as a clearinghouse of articles, reports, and information related to the proposal to create new anchorages on the Hudson River  The site is a project of Steve Hutkins, a Rhinecliff resident who teaches at NYU. 

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