Parties far apart on Hudson River anchorage proposal
William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman the U.S. Coast Guard is being praised by all involved for its method of updating rules for use of the Hudson River; however, shipping industry officials and environmental advocates remain far apart on what those amended regulations should be. There is little agreement on whether 10 new anchorages for large commercial vessels should be established along the river from Yonkers to Kingston and Rhinebeck. Edward Kelly, executive director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey, said, “We are still distressed that there has been no significant action taken to proceed to designate federal anchorages on the Hudson River.” Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson, in a joint press release, proposed alternatives the environmental groups said would enhance navigation and environmental safety without new anchorages. The workshops were scheduled after U.S. Coast Guard officials reported receiving 10,200 comments on the anchorage plan. The agency said 94 percent of the comments were opposed to the proposal, 3 percent were in support, and 3 percent were neutral. Both sides agree the sites would not be used for long-term parking for barges and tankers. The locations of those proposed anchorages remain at issue. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.