Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2021: Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study Potential Fairways,

Item Identification

Title: Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study Potential Fairways
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2020-08-27

Section 70003 of Title 46 United States Code directs the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard resides to designate necessary fairways that provide safe access routes for vessels proceeding to and from U.S. ports. Designation as a fairway keeps an area free of fixed structures. This designation recognizes the generally paramount right of navigation over other uses in the designated areas. The Coast Guard is coordinating its possible establishment of fairways along the Atlantic Coast, as well as complementary port approaches and international entry and departure zones, with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to minimize the impact on offshore energy leases.


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Supplemental Information:

Bureau Code: 006:48, Program Code: 006:055


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category planningCadastre
ISO 19115 Topic Category transportation
None coastal
None planning
None renewable energy

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States of America
None Exclusive Economic Zone
None Outer Continental Shelf
None Territorial Sea

Physical Location

City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

potentialFairwayName, fairwayType

Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: US Coast Guard, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 915888
Date Effective From: 2020-08-27
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 915900
W° Bound: -81
E° Bound: -69.5
N° Bound: 41.25
S° Bound: 27

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 915899
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2020-06-19

publication date

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Grid: No
Vector: Yes
Text / Table: No
Stereo Model: No
Video: No

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 915894
Complex Object Present?: No
Composite Object Present?: No
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Present?: No
Solid Object Present?: No
Surface Object Present?: No

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 915895

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4269
EPSG Name: NAD83
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 915889
Download URL:

Data access URL



CC ID: 915890
Name: Data Registry
URL Type:
Online Resource

Technical Environment


Microsoft Windows, ArcGIS Pro

Data Quality



Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Compiled to meet 10 meters horizontal accuracy at 95% confidence level

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:

These data are logically consistent



Shipping Safety Fairways Along the Atlantic Coast, A Proposed Rule by the Coast Guard

CC ID: 915896
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: United States Coast Guard
Publish Date: 2020-08-19
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2020-09-19
Citation URL:

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 915897

1) Receipt of digital feature class from the US Coast Guard Navigation Center

2) Ingest to development environment

3) Visual inspection

4) Projection to WKID 3857 (102100)

5) Deployment to production environment

6) Deployment to public by web service

Process Date/Time: 2020-06-19 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 60418
Metadata Record Created By: Daniel Martin
Metadata Record Created: 2020-07-17 09:02+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jesse Brass
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2020-08-27 16:28+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2020-07-29
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2021-07-30