Coast Guard concludes Albany session of Hudson River PAWSA Workshop

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Nov. 16, 2017
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Coast Guard concludes Albany session of Hudson River PAWSAWorkshop

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Justin Kaczynski and Richard Stefanski discuss marine navigation concerns at the Hudson River Ports And Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) workshop held in Albany, New York, Nov. 15, 2017. The PAWSA participants will identify risks and mitigation factors during the two-day workshop. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier) Connected stakeholders and waterway users listen to a speaker at the Hudson River Ports And Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) workshop held in Albany, New York, Nov. 15, 2017. The PAWSA participants will identify risks and mitigation factors during the two-day workshop. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier) The Coast Guard Navigation Center’s Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) Waterway Risk Model with 24 risk categories. This model was used in the Hudson River PAWSA Workshop in Albany, New York, Nov. 15-16, 2017. 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 image.)

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The Coast Guard wrapped up the two-day Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment Workshop at the Holiday Inn Express - Downtown in Albany, Thursday.

Participants resumed the workshop this morning to discuss current and future risk mitigation factors for the 24 baseline risk components identified yesterday in the first day of the workshop.

Last week, the first of the two Hudson River PAWSA Workshops was held in Poughkeepsie. Both the Poughkeepsie and Albany sessions will be combined into one report stating the risks on the Hudson River that were identified, as well as potential risk mitigation measures, and help facilitate the Coast Guard's next steps on identified measures. The report will be produced and made available to the public that outlines results from participant discussion, comments made during the workshop, and specific recommendations as to what mitigation strategies should be implemented. The final report will be posted here once complete.

"The PAWSA workshop brought together respected Hudson River community leaders who have expertise and current knowledge in pilotage, maritime law enforcement, protection of natural resources, marine casualty response, and waterway community planning and economics," said Capt. Jason Tama, deputy commander for U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York and sponsor of the PAWSA. "I thank the participants for their respectful and informative dialogue with the ultimate goal of evaluating risk and working toward long term solutions tailored to the Hudson River."

Participants were:

Alan Bish Reinauer
Collin Bryant Coeymans Marine Towing
John Burgman Albany Yacht Club
Haley Carlock Scenic Hudson
Ian Corcoran Hudson River Pilots
Scott Croft BoatUS
John Cronin Pace University
Jay Dahleiden Kirby Offshore Marine
Stephen Doherty Hudson River Pilots
Dagmar Etkin Environmental Research Consulting
Mark Foley Constitution Federal Pilots
Dewayne Fox Delaware State University 
Matt Franklin NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Robert Friedman Natural Resources Defense Council
Charles Furman Global Companies
Amy Gitchell U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Rob Goldman NYS Marine Highway Transport
Manna Jo Greene Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Greg Hitchen U.S. Coast Guard
Justin Kaczynksi U.S. Coast Guard
Scott Keller Hudson River Valley Greenway
Ed Kelly NY/NJ Maritime Association 
John Lipscomb Riverkeeper
Wayne Lopez Columbia County Sheriff
Matthew Maraglio Secretary of State
Hugh McCrory U.S. Waterways Transportation LLC
Sam Merrett Hudson Cruises
Nancy Nodop Recreational Boater
Mark Pacicca Miller Environmental Group
Margaret Phelan Port Ewen Resident
James Quinn NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Eric Rivera U.S. Coast Guard
Allen Rowe Ulster County Sheriff
Richard Slingerland Hudson River Waterfront Alliance
Richard Stefanski NYS Office of Parks, Rec and Historic Preservation 
Joseph Steyer Ulster County Sheriff
Nicolette Vaughan U.S. Coast Guard
Charles Wesley NYS Energy Research and Development Authority
Nick Zachos City of Hudson


Observers were:

Jen Benson Riverkeeper
Tim Berguson Senator Sue Serino (NY-41) Office
Joshua Buck U.S. Coast Guard
Erin Doran Riverkeeper
Andrew Feron  Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Amanda Fallon Senator Terence Murphy (NY-40) Office
Richard Hendrick Albany Port District Commission
Daniel Hubbard  U.S. Coast Guard
Larry Justice Hudson River Maritime, Inc.  
Bernie Kelly Global Companies
Ryan McAllister Congressman John Faso (NY-19) Office
Althea Mullarkey Scenic Hudson
Jeff Parker Kirby Offshore Marine
Johnathan Schafler U.S. Coast Guard
Shereen Sheikh NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Christopher Whitson  Assemblyman Frank Skartados (NY-104) Office
Bethany Wieczorek  NYS General Services
Kristin Williams Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (NY-106) Office
Jeff Wright  New York State Bridge Authority
Brian Vahey  American Waterways Operators