Feds plan upcoming navigational aid meetings

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NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey is joining the Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers as hosts of a series of public discussions on navigational aid technology and information requirements.

The Coast Survey particularly wants to hear from mariners about their informational needs as they make navigational and voyage planning decisions, according to a statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Mariners have unprecedented access to data and information streams, but are they getting the right information in the form they need it when they need it?” Capt. Jon Swallow, chief of the Coast Survey’s Navigation Services Division asked in a statement. “NOAA is transforming navigational information into digital and electronic formats, and hearing from the men and women who use that data can help guide our future product development,” Swallow said.

The public listening sessions are scheduled around the country to give the maritime community — both professional and recreational mariners — and waterways stakeholders opportunities to tell federal officials about their emerging needs for navigational information and service delivery systems.

The first session was held on Thursday in Juneau, Alaska. The others are:

• New Orleans: Wednesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Port of New Orleans Auditorium

• Honolulu, Hawaii: May 19, time to be determined, Harbor View Center, 1129 N. Nimitz Highway

• Fort Lauderdale: May 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Embassy Suites, 110 SE 17th St.

• Hampton Roads, Va.: May 22, 5 p.m., Renaissance Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center, 425 Water St., Portsmouth

• Boston: June 3, 10 a.m. to noon, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge

• Seattle: June 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Downtown Seattle Public Library

• New York: June 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan

• Port Huron, Mich.: June 12, 5 p.m., Double Tree Hotel, 800 Harker St.

• St. Louis: June 18, 9 to 11 a.m., USACE National Great Rivers Museum (adjacent to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill.)

• Alameda, Calif.: date, time and place to be determined

For information about a particular session, check with the NOAA navigation manager in your region. Contact information is at nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/service/navmanagers. Those who cannot attend any of the sessions can provide comments through the Coast Survey’s Nautical Inquiry & Comment System at nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/inquiry.

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