Shipping Fairways, Lanes, and Zones for US waters as of June 2013

Various shipping zones delineate activities and regulations for marine vessel traffic. Traffic lanes define specific traffic flow, while traffic separation zones assist opposing streams of marine traffic. Precautionary areas represent areas where ships must navigate with caution, and shipping safety fairways designate where artificial structures are prohibited. Recommended Routes are predetermined routes for shipping adopted for reasons of safety. Along certain zones of the East Coast of the United States, ships are also required to report vessel location within designated endangered species areas, such as the North Atlantic right whale. Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas need special protection because of their vulnerability to damage by international maritime activities. Areas to be Avoided are within defined limits where navigation is particularly hazardous or it is exceptionally important to avoid casualties and should be avoided by all ships or certain classes of ships.

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Last Updated June 19, 2017, 21:56
Created June 19, 2017, 21:56
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licence ["NOAA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the availability, quality, accuracy, content, completeness or suitability for the user's needs of such information. The services, information, and data made available on the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre web site are provided 'as is' without warranties of any kind. These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation."]
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