Coast Guard begins Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment Workshop

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Rear Adm. Steven Poulin, commander Coast Guard First District, speaks with members of the press prior to the kick off of the Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) Workshop at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Nov. 7, 2017. In June 2017 Poulin directed the PAWSA to take place in response to the more than 10 thousand comments generated in an Advanced Notice to Public Rulemaking. The PAWSA is a long-standing process that will help improve the Coast Guard’s and connected stakeholders’ understanding of the safety and environmental risks on the Hudson River. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Karen Kutkiewicz)

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Rear Adm. Steven Poulin, commander Coast Guard First District, speaks with members of the press prior to the kick off of the Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) Workshop at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Nov. 7, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Karen Kutkiewicz)

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Coast Guard kicked off the first day of a two-day Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment Workshop at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY Tuesday.

More than 40 participants and 12 observers took part in discussions about the Hudson River identifying various waterway risks.

“We have a great mix of stakeholders and waterway users of the Hudson River here today, each of whom is offering valuable perspectives to help us better understand and assess navigational and safety risks concerning various uses of the Hudson River in this collaborative approach,” said Rear Admiral Steven Poulin, commander, First Coast Guard District. “I appreciate the time the participants and observers are taking for this worthy cause because the Hudson River is a national treasure and the safety, security, and environmental and commercial uses of the waterway are paramount.”

A sampling of Workshop participants includes representatives from Riverkeeper, Hudson River Waterfront Alliance, New York State Department of Environment Conservation, Hudson River Pilots, Pace University, Tug and Barge Committee of New York and New Jersey, and Scenic Hudson. Observers include local municipal leaders and residents to maintain transparency of the process.

The two-day Workshop is broken up into day one – identifying risks, and day two – risk mitigation factors. In order to identify risks participants will form into teams to discuss and evaluate major waterway safety hazards, estimate risk levels, calculate potential mitigation measures, and set the stage for implementation of selected measures to reduce risk.

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