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Layer: USCG MA RI PARS Study Areas (ID: 63)

Name: USCG MA RI PARS Study Areas

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Description: This data layer represents the boundaries of The Areas Offshore of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study. The US Coast Guard announced the completion of the study in a Federal Register Notice on May 27, 2020. The study focused on the seven adjacent leased areas of the outer continental shelf south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and east of Rhode Island that together constitute the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Wind Energy Area (MA/RI WEA). The study was conducted to (1) determine what, if any, navigational safety concerns exist with vessel transits in the study area; (2) determine whether to recommend changes to enhance navigational safety by examining existing shipping routesand waterway uses as any or all of the lease areas within the MA/RI WEA are partially or fully developed as wind farms; and (3) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures. <br/> <br/> The study resulted in the following general recommendations:<br/> <ul> <li>That the MA/RI WEA's turbine layout be developed along a standard and uniform grid pattern with at least three lines of orientation and standard spacing to accommodate vessel transits, traditional fishing operations, and search and rescue operations, throughout the MA/RI WEA. The adoption of a standard and uniform grid pattern through BOEM's approval process will likely eliminate the need for the USCG to pursue formal or informal routing measures within the MA/RI WEA at this time.</li> <li>That mariners transiting in or near the MA/RI WEA should use extra caution, ensure proper watch and assess all risk factors. Offshore renewable energy installations present new challenges to safe navigation, but proper voyage planning and access to relevant safety information should ensure that safety is not compromised.In general, mariners transiting through this WEA should make a careful assessment of all factors associated with their voyage.</li> </ul> <br/> <br/> For a more detailed discussion of the recommendations, which were primarily based on the comments received to the docket, public outreach, and consultation with other government agencies, view the <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Register Notice</a>.

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