This manual is intended to provide the user with information necessary for participation in the Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service. It contains the rules and regulations which delineate the service, and which are published in Subchapter P, Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations. It also contains supplementary text which is intended to be explanatory in nature. The Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service is comprised of two major components, a traffic separation scheme, and a vessel movement reporting system. The traffic separation scheme comprises a network of one-way traffic lanes, separation zones in between, and precautionary areas. The traffic lanes are each 1,000 yards wide, and are separated by 500 yard wide separation zones. Each traffic lane has a minimum depth of 60 feet (except 40 feet off the east end of Partridge Bank). The vessel movement reporting system is based upon a VHF-FM communications network maintained continuously by the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Center in Seattle. This center will process information received from vessels in required and voluntary reports, and will, in turn, disseminate navigational safety information to vessels participating in the service. Operating procedures for the Strait of Juan de Fuca Traffic Separation Scheme, a voluntary traffic management service, are contained in Appendix C of this operating manual.

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    Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service

    1519 Alabama Way South
    Seattle, WA  United States  98134
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 42 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Coast Guard
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM