Short Citation:
Office of Coast Survey, 2019: Shipping Fairways, Lanes, and Zones for US waters, https://inport.nmfs.noaa.gov/inport/item/39986.

Item Identification

Title: Shipping Fairways, Lanes, and Zones for US waters
Short Name: ship_fways_lanes_zones_us_waters
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2015-12-04
Abstract:

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 required to reduce speeds to 10 knots or less over ground during seasonal periods within designated endangered species areas, such as the North Atlantic Right Whales. 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.

Purpose:

To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.

Notes:

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Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category boundaries
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category transportation
NOS Data Explorer Topic Category Marine Boundaries
NOS Data Explorer Topic Category Socioeconomics
None Area to be Avoided
None Mandatory Ship Reporting
None Marine Boundaries
None Northern Right Whale
None Particularly Sensitive Sea Area
None Ports
None Precautionary Area
None Recommended Routes
None Regulation
None Restricted Area
None Separation Zone
None Shipping
None Shipping Safety Fairway
None Traffic Lane
None U.S. Waters

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Atlantic
None Gulf of Mexico
None National
None Pacific
None United States

Physical Location

Organization: Office of Coast Survey
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: Weekly
Distribution Liability:

Not for navigation.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 494956
Date Effective From: 2018-12-10
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Keown, Patrick
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address: patrick.keown@noaa.gov
Phone: 240-533-0031

Distributor

CC ID: 494958
Date Effective From: 2018-12-10
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office of Coast Survey (OCS)
Address: 1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
URL: https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 494959
Date Effective From: 2018-12-10
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Keown, Patrick
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address: patrick.keown@noaa.gov
Phone: 240-533-0031

Point of Contact

CC ID: 494957
Date Effective From: 2018-12-10
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Keown, Patrick
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address: patrick.keown@noaa.gov
Phone: 240-533-0031

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 494962
W° Bound: -179.46
E° Bound: 174.6
N° Bound: 60.98
S° Bound: 9.31

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 494961
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2001-07-11

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 494963
Download URL: http://encdirect.noaa.gov/theme_layers/data/shipping_lanes/shippinglanes.zip
Distributor: Office of Coast Survey (OCS) (2018-12-10 - Present)
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: ESRI Shape

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 494954
URL: https://encdirect.noaa.gov/arcgis/rest/services/NavigationChartData/MarineTransportation/MapServer
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

REST service link 1

URL 2

CC ID: 494955
URL: https://encdirect.noaa.gov/arcgis/rest/services/NavigationChartData/MarineTransportation/MapServer/0
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

REST service link 2

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 494991
Activity Date/Time: 2016-01-29
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 494990
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05
Description:

Converted from FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using 'fgdc_to_inport_xml.pl' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 587964
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 718996
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Data Quality

Accuracy:

Shipping Lanes in U.S. waters is derived from NOAA ENC's which conforms to the International Hydrographic Organization Transfer Standard for Digital Hydrographic Data, Special Publication S-57, ENC Product Specification Edition 2.0.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Shipping Lanes in U.S. waters represents current coverage of all ENC Charts. The NOAA ENC Chart Suite is not scheduled to be completed until 2015. As new NOAA ENCs and NOAA ENC editions are created they will be added to the NOAA ENC Direct to GIS data on the first of every month.

Conceptual Consistency:

Shipping Lanes in U.S. waters data is derived from NOAA ENC's which conforms to the International Hydrographic Organization Transfer Standard for Digital Hydrographic Data, Special Publication S-57, ENC Product Specification Edition 2.0. NOAA ENC Direct to GIS data has added generalized nautical chart symbology to aid in the visualization of this data.

Lineage

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 494952
Description:

The NOAA ENC database has been built from a combination of charted information as well as original "source" information. NOAA has compiled critical features such as channel limits, aids to navigation, and obstructions from the original documents that were used to put the feature on the paper chart. The objective is to use the most accurate information for features that are critical to the safety of navigation. NOAA uses a number of sources in compiling NOAA ENCS including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers surveys, drawings, and permits, U.S. Coast Guard Local Notices to Mariner, National Imagery and Mapping Agency Notices to Mariners, NOAA hydrographic surveys, and the largest scale paper chart of an area.

Process Date/Time: 2015-02-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Type Title
Entity (ENT) Shipping Fairways Lanes and Zones

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 39986
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 13:49+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-06-04 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-12-14
Owner Org: OCS
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-12-15