Ports and Wateways Safety Program Law and Legal Definition

The Ports and Waterways Safety Program (“Program”) is a federal program that helps in controlling vessel traffic in areas of the U.S. It is established pursuant to 33 USCS § 1228. This Program facilitates by providing protection to areas which are hazardous, or under conditions of reduced visibility, adverse weather, vessel congestion. The Program helps in deterring such hazardous circumstances by:

1.specifying times of entry, movement, or departure;

2.establishing vessel traffic routing schemes;

3.establishing vessel size, speed, draft limitations and vessel operating conditions.

This Program takes into account all relevant factors concerning navigation and vessel safety, protection of the marine environment, and the safety and security of the U.S. ports and waterways, including but not limited to:

1. the scope and degree of the risk or hazard involved;

2. vessel traffic characteristics and trends, including traffic volume, the sizes and types of vessels involved, potential interference with the flow of commercial traffic, the presence of any unusual cargoes, and other similar factors;

3.port and waterway configurations and variations in local conditions of geography, climate, and other similar factors;

4.the need for granting exemptions for the installation and use of equipment or devices for use with vessel traffic services for certain classes of small vessels;

5.the proximity of fishing grounds, oil and gas drilling and production operations, or any other potential or actual conflicting activity.