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Title 33Chapter ISubchapter NNPart 150 → Subpart J


Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters
PART 150—DEEPWATER PORTS: OPERATIONS


Subpart J—Safety Zones, No Anchoring Areas, and Areas To Be Avoided


Contents
§150.900   What does this subpart do?
§150.905   Why are safety zones, no anchoring areas, and areas to be avoided established?
§150.910   What installations, structures, or activities are prohibited in a safety zone?
§150.915   How are safety zones, no anchoring areas, and areas to be avoided established and modified?
§150.920   How can I find notice of new or proposed safety zones?
§150.925   How long may a safety zone, no anchoring area, or area to be avoided remain in place?
§150.930   What datum is used for the geographic coordinates in this subpart?
§150.940   Safety zones for specific deepwater ports.

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§150.900   What does this subpart do?

(a) This subpart provides requirements for the establishment, restrictions, and location of safety zones, no anchoring areas (NAAs), and areas to be avoided (ATBAs) around deepwater ports.

(b) Subpart D of this part, concerning vessel navigation and activities permitted and prohibited at deepwater ports, applies to safety zones, NAAs, ATBAs, and their adjacent waters; and supplements the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

(c) Recommended shipping safety fairways associated with deepwater ports are described in part 166 of this chapter.

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§150.905   Why are safety zones, no anchoring areas, and areas to be avoided established?

(a) Safety zones, no anchoring areas (NAAs) and areas to be avoided (ATBAs) under this subchapter are established to promote safety of life and property, marine environmental protection, and navigational safety at deepwater ports and adjacent waters.

(b) Safety zones are the only federally regulated navigation areas. They accomplish these objectives by preventing or controlling specific activities, limiting access by vessels or persons, and by protecting the living resources of the sea from harmful agents.

(c) The NAAs and ATBAs are established via the International Maritime Organization (IMO). An NAA, specifically established to protect vessels in transit and sub-surface deepwater port components, will be mandatory. An ATBA will be a recommendatory routing measure.

(d) The sizes of restricted areas will be the minimum size needed to ensure safety, while at the same time considering potential impacts on other activities, including recreational boating, fishing, and Outer Continental Shelf activity.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39183, July 1, 2013]

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§150.910   What installations, structures, or activities are prohibited in a safety zone?

No installations, structures, or activities that are incompatible with or that present an unacceptable risk to safety of the deepwater port's operations or activity are allowed in the safety zone of a deepwater port.

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§150.915   How are safety zones, no anchoring areas, and areas to be avoided established and modified?

(a) Safety zones are developed and designated during the application process for a deepwater port license, and may be established or modified through rulemaking. Rulemakings will afford prior public notice and comment, except when there is good cause not to do so, for example due to an imminent threat to the safety of life and property.

(b) Before a safety zone, no anchoring area (NAA), or area to be avoided (ATBA) is established, all factors detrimental to safety are considered, including but not limited to:

(1) The scope and degree of the risk or hazard involved;

(2) Vessel traffic characteristics and trends, including traffic volume, the sizes and types of vessels involved, potential interference with the flow of commercial traffic, the presence of any unusual cargoes, and other similar factors;

(3) Port and waterway configurations and variations in local conditions of geography, climate and other similar factors;

(4) The need for granting exemptions for the installation and use of equipment or devices for use with vessel traffic services for certain classes of small vessels, such as self-propelled fishing vessels and recreational vessels;

(5) The proximity of fishing grounds, oil and gas drilling and production operations, or other potential or actual conflicting activity;

(6) Environmental factors;

(7) Economic impact and effects;

(8) Existing vessel traffic services; and

(9) Local practices and customs, including voluntary arrangements and agreements within the maritime community.

(c) The Executive Branch, acting through the Secretary of State and Commandant (CG-5P) proposes NAAs and ATBAs for deepwater ports to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for approval. The ATBAs will be implemented after IMO approval is granted and announced in an IMO Circular, and after publication of a notice in the Federal Register.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39183, July 1, 2013]

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§150.920   How can I find notice of new or proposed safety zones?

In addition to documents published in the Federal Register under §150.915 of this part, the District Commander may provide public notice of new or proposed safety zones by Broadcast Notices to Mariners, Notices to Mariners, Local Notices to Mariners, newspapers, broadcast stations, or other means.

[USCG-1998-3884, 71 FR 57651, Sept. 29, 2006, as amended by USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39183, July 1, 2013]

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§150.925   How long may a safety zone, no anchoring area, or area to be avoided remain in place?

A safety zone, no anchoring area, or area to be avoided may go into effect as early as initial delivery of construction equipment and materials to the deepwater port site, and may remain in place until the deepwater port is removed.

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§150.930   What datum is used for the geographic coordinates in this subpart?

The geographic coordinates used in this subpart have been revised to enable plotting using the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and no longer require the use of any further conversion factors for correction.

[USCG-2007-27887, 72 FR 45903, Aug. 16, 2007]

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§150.940   Safety zones for specific deepwater ports.

(a) Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP). (1) The location of the safety zone for LOOP is as described in Table 150.940(A) of this section:

Table 150.940(A)—Safety Zone for LOOP, Gulf of Mexico

Plotting guidance Latitude N Longitude W
(i) Starting at28°552490°0037
(ii) A rhumb line to:28°535190°0407
(iii) Then an arc with a 4,465 meter (4,883 yard) radius centered at the deepwater port's pumping platform complex28°530790°0130
(iv) To a point28°510890°0306
(v) Then a rhumb line to28°501090°0224
(vi) Then a rhumb line to28°490689°5554
(vii) Then a rhumb line to28°483789°5500
(viii) Then a rhumb line to28°520589°5242
(ix) Then a rhumb line to28°531189°5342
(x) Then a rhumb line to28°545389°5700
(xi) Then a rhumb line to28°545389°5936
(xii) Then an arc with a 4,465 meter (4,883 yard) radius centered again at the deepwater port's pumping platform complex      
(xiii) To the point of starting28°552490°0037

(2) The areas to be avoided within the safety zone are:

(i) The area encompassed within a circle having a 600 meter radius around the deepwater port's pumping platform complex and centered at 28°5307 N, 90°0130 W.

(ii) The six areas encompassed within a circle having a 500 meter radius around each single point mooring (SPM) deepwater at the port and centered at:

Latitude NLongitude W
28°541390°0037
28°531789°5959
28°521690°0019
28°514690°0125
28°520990°0233
28°530890°0302

(3) The anchorage area within the safety zone is an area enclosed by the rhumb lines joining points at:

Latitude NLongitude W
28°522289°5747
28°540689°5638
28°520589°5242
28°502189°5351
28°522289°5747

(b) Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port (NEGDWP)—(1) Location. The safety zones for the NEGDWP consist of circular zones, each with a 500-meter radius and centered on each of the deepwater port's two submerged turret loading (STL) buoys. STL Buoy “A” is centered at the following coordinates: 42°2338 N, 070°3531 W. STL Buoy “B” is centered at the following coordinates: 42°2356 N, 070°3700 W. Each safety zone is located approximately 13 miles south-southeast of the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Federal waters.

(2) No anchoring areas. Two mandatory no anchoring areas for NEGDWP are established for all waters within circles of 1,000-meter radii centered on the submerged turret loading buoy positions set forth in paragraph (b)(1) of this section.

(3) Area to be avoided. An area to be avoided (ATBA) for NEGDWP is as described in Table 150.940(B):

Table 150.940(B)—ATBA for NEGDWP

Plotting guidanceLatitude NLongitude W
(i) Starting at42°2417070°3516
(ii) A rhumb line to:42°2435070°3646
(iii) Then an arc with a 1250 meter radius centered at point42°2356070°3700
(iv) To a point42°2317070°3715
(v) Then a rhumb line to42°2259070°3545
(vi) Then an arc with a 1250 meter radius centered at point42°2338070°3531
(vii) To the point of starting42°2417070°3516

(4) Regulations. (i) In accordance with the general regulations set forth in 33 CFR 165.23 and elsewhere in this part, no person or vessel may enter the waters within the boundaries of the safety zones described in paragraph (b)(1) of this section unless previously authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Boston, or his/her authorized representative.

(ii) Notwithstanding paragraph (b)(4)(i) of this section, tankers and support vessels, as defined in 33 CFR 148.5, operating in the vicinity of NEGDWP are authorized to enter and move within such zones in the normal course of their operations following the requirements set forth in 33 CFR 150.340 and 150.345, respectively.

(iii) All other vessel operators desiring to enter, operate or conduct diving operations within a safety zone described in paragraph (b)(1) of this section must contact the COTP, or the COTP's authorized representative, to obtain permission by contacting the Sector Boston Command Center at 617-223-5761 or via VHF-FM Channel 16 (156.8 MHZ). Vessel operators given permission to enter, operate, or conduct diving operations in a safety zone must comply with all directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP's authorized representative.

(iv) No vessel, other than a support vessel or tanker calling on NEGDWP may anchor in the area described in paragraph (b)(2) of this section.

(c) Neptune Deepwater Port (Neptune)—(1) Location. The safety zones for Neptune consist of circular zones, each with a 500-meter radius and centered on each of Neptune's two submerged turret loading (STL) buoys. STL Buoy “A” is centered at the following coordinates: Latitude 42°2912.3 N, Longitude 070°3629.7 W; and STL Buoy “B”: Latitude 42°2720.5 N, Longitude 070°3607.3 W. Each safety zone encompasses, within the respective 500-meter circles, the primary components of Neptune, including a submerged turret loading buoy and a pipeline end manifold. Each safety zone is located approximately eight nautical miles south-southeast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Federal waters.

(2) No anchoring areas. Two mandatory no anchoring areas for Neptune are established for all waters within circles of 1,000-meter radii centered on the submerged turret loading buoy positions set forth in paragraph (c)(1) of this section.

(3) Area to be avoided. An area to be avoided (ATBA) for Neptune is as described in Table 150.940(C):

Table 150.940(C)—ATBA for Neptune

Plotting guidanceLatitude NLongitude W
(i) Starting at42°2726.670°3513.1
(ii) A rhumb line to42°2918.370°3535.4
(iii) Then an arc with a 1250 meter radius centered at point42°2912.370°3629.7
(iv) To a point42°296.370°3724.0
(v) Then a rhumb line to42°2714.770°371.6
(vi) Then an arc with a 1250 meter radius centered at point42°2720.570°367.3
(vii) To the point of starting42°2726.670°3513.1

(4) Regulations. (i) In accordance with the general regulations set forth in 33 CFR 165.23 and elsewhere in this part, no person or vessel may enter the waters within the boundaries of the safety zones described in paragraph (c)(1) of this section unless previously authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Boston, or the COTP's authorized representative.

(ii) Notwithstanding paragraph (c)(4)(i) of this section, liquefied natural gas carriers (LNGCs) and support vessels, as defined in 33 CFR 148.5, calling on Neptune, are authorized to enter and move within such zones in the normal course of their operations following the requirements set forth in 33 CFR 150.340 and 150.345, respectively.

(iii) All other vessel operators desiring to enter, operate or conduct diving operations within a safety zone described in paragraph (c)(1) of this section must contact the COTP or the COTP's authorized representative to obtain permission by contacting the Sector Boston Command Center at 617-223-5761 or via VHF-FM Channel 16 (156.8 MHZ). Vessel operators given permission to enter or operate in a safety zone must comply with all directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP's authorized representative.

(iv) No vessel, other than an LNGC or support vessel calling on Neptune, may anchor in the area described in paragraph (c)(2) of this section.

[USCG-2007-27887, 72 FR 45903, Aug. 16, 2007, as amended by USCG-2007-0087, 73 FR 34194, June 17, 2008; USCG-2009-0589, 75 FR 51376, Aug. 20, 2010; USCG-2013-0397, 78 FR 39183, July 1, 2013; USCG-2015-0433, 80 FR 44281, July 27, 2015]

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