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Title 33Chapter ISubchapter PPart 169 → Subpart B


Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters
PART 169—SHIP REPORTING SYSTEMS


Subpart B—Establishment of Two Mandatory Ship Reporting Systems for the Protection of Northern Right Whales


Contents
§169.100   What mandatory ship reporting systems are established by this subpart?
§169.102   Who is the shore-based authority?
§169.105   Where is the northeastern reporting system located?
§169.110   When is the northeastern reporting system in effect?
§169.115   Where is the southeastern reporting system located?
§169.120   When is the southeastern reporting system in effect?
§169.125   What classes of ships are required to make reports?
§169.130   When are ships required to make reports?
§169.135   How must the reports be made?
§169.140   What information must be included in the report?

§169.100   What mandatory ship reporting systems are established by this subpart?

This subpart prescribes requirements for the establishment and maintenance of two mandatory ship reporting systems for the protection of the endangered northern right whale (also known as the North Atlantic right whale). These two systems are designated for certain areas of the East Coast of the United States. One system is located in the northeast and is identified as WHALESNORTH. The other system is located in the southeast and is identified as WHALESSOUTH.

Note to §169.100: 50 CFR 224.103(c) contains requirements and procedures concerning northern right whale approach limitations and avoidance procedures.

[USCG-1999-5525, 64 FR 29234, June 1, 1999, as amended by 66 FR 58070, Nov. 20, 2001]

§169.102   Who is the shore-based authority?

The U.S. Coast Guard is the shore-based authority for these mandatory ship reporting systems.

§169.105   Where is the northeastern reporting system located?

Geographical boundaries of the northeastern area include the waters of Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts Bay, and the Great South Channel east and southeast of Massachusetts. The coordinates (NAD 83) of the area are as follows: from a point on Cape Ann, Massachusetts at 42°39 N, 70°37 W; then northeast to 42°45 N, 70°13 W; then southeast to 42°10 N, 68°31 W; then south to 41°00 N, 68°31 W; then west to 41°00 N, 69°17 W; then northeast to 42°05 N, 70°02 W, then west to 42°04 N, 70°10 W; and then along the Massachusetts shoreline of Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay back to the point on Cape Anne at 42°39 N, 70°37 W.

§169.110   When is the northeastern reporting system in effect?

The mandatory ship reporting system in the northeastern United States operates year-round.

§169.115   Where is the southeastern reporting system located?

Geographical boundaries of the southeastern area include coastal waters within about 25 nautical miles (45 kilometer) along a 90-nautical mile (170-kilometer) stretch of the Atlantic seaboard in Florida and Georgia. The area coordinates (NAD 83) extends from the shoreline east to longitude 80°51.6 W with the southern and northern boundaries at latitude 30°00 N and 31°27 N, respectively.

§169.120   When is the southeastern reporting system in effect?

The mandatory ship reporting system in the southeastern United States operates during the period beginning on November 15 each year through April 16 of the following year.

[USCG-1999-5525, 66 FR 58070, Nov. 20, 2001]

§169.125   What classes of ships are required to make reports?

Each self-propelled ship of 300 gross tons or greater must participate in the reporting systems, except government ships exempted from reporting by regulation V/8-1(c) of SOLAS. However, exempt ships are encouraged to participate in the reporting systems.

[USCG-1999-5525, 66 FR 58070, Nov. 20, 2001]

§169.130   When are ships required to make reports?

Participating ships must report to the shore-based authority upon entering the area covered by a reporting system. Additional reports are not necessary for movements made within a system or for ships exiting a system.

§169.135   How must the reports be made?

(a) A ship equipped with INMARSAT C must report in IMO standard format as provided in §169.140 in table 169.140.

(b) A ship not equipped with INMARSAT C must report to the Coast Guard using other means, listed below in order of precedence—

(1) Narrow band direct printing (SITOR),

(2) HF voice communication, or

(3) MF or VHF voice communications.

(c) SITOR or HF reports made directly to the Coast Guard's Communications Area Master Station Atlantic (CAMSLANT) in Chesapeake, VA, or MF or VHF reports made to Coast Guard activities or groups, should only be made by ships not equipped with INMARSAT C. Ships in this category must provide all the required information to the Coast Guard watchstander.

[USCG-1999-5525, 64 FR 29234, June 1, 1999, as amended by 66 FR 58070, Nov. 20, 2001]

§169.140   What information must be included in the report?

Each ship report made to the shore-based authority must follow the standard reporting and format requirements listed in this section in table 169.140. Current email addresses and telex numbers are published annually in the US Coast Pilot.

Table 169.140—Requirements for Ship Reports

TelegraphyFunctionInformation required
Name of systemSystem identifierShip reporting system WHALESNORTH or WHALESSOUTH.
MINMARSAT NumberVessel INMARSAT number
AShipThe name, call sign or ship station identity, IMO number, and flag of the vessel.
BDate and time of eventA 6-digit group giving day of month (first two digits), hours and minutes (last four digits).
ETrue courseA 3-digit group indicating true course.
FSpeed in knots and tenths of knotsA 3-digit group.
HDate, time and point of entry into systemEntry time expressed as in (B) and entry position expressed as-(1) a 4-digit group giving latitude in degrees and minutes suffixed with N(north) or S (south) and a 5-digit group giving longitude in degrees and minutes suffixed with E (east) or W (west); or (2) True bearing (first 3 digits) and distance (state distance) in nautical miles from a clearly identified landmark (state landmark)
IDestination and expected time of arrivalName of port and date time group expressed as in (B)
LRoute informationIntended track.

[USCG-1999-5525, 66 FR 58070, Nov. 20, 2001]

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