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Boston/US Coast Guard Notices & Advisories

https://homeport.uscg.mil/boston

Tall Ships in Boston Harbor June 17-22, 2017

Special Local Regulations.

  • (1) During the effective period, vessel operators transiting through the regulated area shall proceed in a counterclockwise direction at no wake speeds not to exceed five knots, unless otherwise authorized by the Captain of the Port.
  • (2) Vessel operators shall comply with the directions and orders of the COTP or the COTP’s representative, upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing lights, or other means. The COTP’s representative may be any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer or any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer who has been designated by the COTP to act on the COTP’s behalf. The COTP’s representative may be on a Coast Guard vessel, a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel, a federal, state or local law enforcement or safety vessel, or a location on shore.
  • (3) From 4 p.m. on June 17, 2017 through 8 a.m. on June 22, 2017, vessel control measures will be implemented. The traffic pattern will be in a counterclockwise rotation, such that all vessels shall stay generally as far to the starboard side of the channel as is safe and practicable.
  • (4) To facilitate commercial ferry traffic with minimal disruption, commercial ferries within the regulated area, moving between stops on their normal routes, will be exempt from the mandatory counterclockwise traffic pattern. This exemption does not give ferries navigational precedence or in any way alter their responsibilities under the Rules of the Road or any other pertinent regulations.
  • (5) Vessel operators transiting the waterway between the World Trade Center and Fish Pier must enter and keep to the starboard side of the channel, proceeding as directed by the on-scene COTP’s representative. Vessel traffic shall move in a counterclockwise direction around a turning point as marked by an appropriate on-scene COTP’s representative.
  • (6) Vessel operators transiting this area must maintain at least a twenty five (25) yard safe distance from all participating Sail Boston Tall Ships and must make way for all deep draft vessel traffic underway in the area.
  • (7) When a vessel greater than 125 feet enters the waterway between the World Trade Center and the Fish Pier, no other vessel will be allowed to enter until the larger vessel departs that area, unless authorized by the on-scene COTP’s representative.
  • (8) From 10 p.m. through 8 a.m. daily, while the regulated area is in effect, only vessels which are tenants within the channels of the World Trade Center and the Fish Pier will be authorized access.
  • (9) The COTP may control the movement of all vessels operating on the navigable waters of Boston Harbor when the COTP has determined that such orders are justified in the interest of safety by reason of weather, visibility, sea conditions, temporary port congestion, or other temporary hazards circumstance.
  • (10) To obtain permissions required by this regulation, individuals may reach the COTP or a COTP representative via VHF channel 16 or 617–223–5757 (Sector Boston Command Center).
  • (11) Penalties. Those who violate this section are subject to the penalties set forth in 33 U.S.C. 1232 and 50 U.S.C. 192.

Enforcement period. This regulation is will be enforced from 4 p.m. on June 17, 2017 through 8 a.m. on June 22, 2017.

01/06/2015 - LNM (52/14): Proposed Change:

MA-NEWBURYPORT HARBOR AND PLUM ISLAND SOUND (Chart 13282)-MERRIMACK RIVER:

The Coast Guard is considering making the following changes to this waterway:

DISCONTINUE the following aid;

(LLNR9025) Merrimack River Bar Guide Light

Interested Mariners are strongly encouraged to comment on this proposal in writing, either personally or through their organization. All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 30 January 2015 to complete the process. When responding to this proposal, please include size and type of vessel, recreational or commercial, and how you use the signal. Refer to Project No. 01-14-183. In addition to the address listed on the front cover, e-mail can be sent to: Jack.J.McLaughlin@uscg.mil and faxes to (617) 223-8291.

01/05/2015 - Broadcast Notice to Mariners: 

1. Boston Inner Harbor – Security Zone - The Captain of the Port Boston has established a temporary waterside security zone at the John Joseph Moakley Court House, Boston MA for the court proceedings of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The security zone will be effective and enforced starting on January 5, 2015 and will continue until further notice.

2. This security zone encompasses all U.S. navigable waters, from surface to bottom, within five hundred yards of the Moakley Courthouse in Boston, MA. However, the Captain of the Port has granted vessels permission to enter this five hundred (500) yard security zone as long as such vessels proceed through the area with caution and operate at a speed no faster than that speed necessary to maintain a safe course, and remain beyond one hundred (100) yards of the Moakley Courthouse.

3. No person or vessel may come within one hundred yards of the Moakley Courthouse under any conditions unless given express permission from the Captain of the Port or the Captain of the Port’s designated representative. To obtain permission individuals may reach the Captain of the Port’s designated representative via VHF channel 16 or the Sector Boston Command Center at 617-223-5757.

NOAA - North Atlantic right whale

  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to eliminate the expiration date contained in the regulation to reduce the threat of ship collisions (ship strikes) with the highly endangered North Atlantic right whales. 

Currently, the regulation that restricts vessel speeds to no more than 10 knots for vessels 65 feet and greater in length in certain locations and at certain time along the US Atlantic coast is due to expire on 9 December. 

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promulgated a final rule removing the sunset provision with regard to the regulation implementing vessel speed restrictions to reduce the threat of ship collisions with North Atlantic right whales. The amendment comes into effect immediately.

NOAA Right Whale Sunset Provision Removal FR.PDF

Subject: Proposal to delegate to District Commanders authority to waive the requirement to mark sunken vessels

"The US Coast Guard proposes to delegate to its District Commanders authority to waive the statutory requirement to mark sunken vessels with a light at night if it is determined that placing a light would be impractical and that waiving the requirement would not create an undue hazard to navigation. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 29 July."

Respectfully,
LCDR Scott C. White
Chief, Waterways Management
U. S. Coast Guard Sector Boston

NPRM to delegate waiver for marking sunken vsls.pdf      
 

Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rule Making; a multi-decade effort to align U.S. requirements with SOLAS standards. Comments should be submitted on or before Feb 13, 2014.

Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rule Making.PDF

The Ten Most Frequently Observed Towing Vessel Deficiencies

Top10DefsMay2013.pdf

Starting Friday October 25, 2013 the Chelsea River Safety Zone (33 CFR 165.120) is officially disestablished an no more waivers will be required.

Federal Register Final Rule Publication

Commercial Pump out service

Letter from Mayor Menino PDF