Home
gpo.gov
govinfo.gov

e-CFR Navigation Aids

Browse

Simple Search

Advanced Search

 — Boolean

 — Proximity

 

Search History

Search Tips

Corrections

Latest Updates

User Info

FAQs

Agency List

Incorporation By Reference

eCFR logo

Related Resources

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

We invite you to try out our new beta eCFR site at https://ecfr.federalregister.gov. We have made big changes to make the eCFR easier to use. Be sure to leave feedback using the Help button on the bottom right of each page!

e-CFR data is current as of September 23, 2020

Title 33Chapter ISubchapter PPart 160 → Subpart C


Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters
PART 160—PORTS AND WATERWAYS SAFETY—GENERAL


Subpart C—Notification of Arrival, Hazardous Conditions, and Certain Dangerous Cargoes


Contents
§160.201   General.
§160.202   Definitions.
§160.203   Applicability.
§160.204   Exemptions and exceptions.
§160.205   Notices of arrival.
§160.206   Information required in an NOA.
§160.208   Updates to a submitted NOA.
§160.210   Methods for submitting an NOA.
§160.212   When to submit an NOA.
§160.214   Waivers.
§160.215   Force majeure.
§160.216   Notice of hazardous conditions.

Source: USCG-2002-11865, 68 FR 9543, Feb. 28, 2003, unless otherwise noted.

return arrow Back to Top

§160.201   General.

This subpart contains requirements and procedures for submitting a notice of arrival (NOA), and a notice of hazardous condition. The sections in this subpart describe:

(a) Applicability and exemptions from requirements in this subpart;

(b) Required information in an NOA;

(c) Required updates to an NOA;

(d) Methods and times for submission of an NOA, and updates to an NOA;

(e) How to obtain a waiver; and

(f) Requirements for submission of the notice of hazardous condition.

Note to §160.201. For notice-of-arrival requirements for the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, see 33 CFR part 146.

[80 FR 5330, Jan. 30, 2015]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.202   Definitions.

Terms in this subpart that are not defined in this section or in §160.3 have the same meaning as those terms in 46 U.S.C. 2101. As used in this subpart—

Agent means any person, partnership, firm, company or corporation engaged by the owner or charterer of a vessel to act in their behalf in matters concerning the vessel.

Barge means a non-self propelled vessel engaged in commerce.

Boundary waters mean the waters from main shore to main shore of the lakes and rivers and connecting waterways, or the portions thereof, along which the international boundary between the United States and the Dominion of Canada passes, including all bays, arms, and inlets thereof, but not including tributary waters which in their natural channels would flow into such lakes, rivers, and waterways, or waters flowing from such lakes, rivers, and waterways, or the waters of rivers flowing across the boundary.

Carried in bulk means a commodity that is loaded or carried on board a vessel without containers or labels and received and handled without mark or count.

Certain dangerous cargo (CDC) includes any of the following:

(1) Division 1.1 or 1.2 explosives as defined in 49 CFR 173.50.

(2) Division 1.5D blasting agents for which a permit is required under 49 CFR 176.415 or, for which a permit is required as a condition of a Research and Special Programs Administration exemption.

(3) Division 2.3 “poisonous gas”, as listed in 49 CFR 172.101 that is also a “material poisonous by inhalation” as defined in 49 CFR 171.8, and that is in a quantity in excess of 1 metric ton per vessel.

(4) Division 5.1 oxidizing materials for which a permit is required under 49 CFR 176.415 or for which a permit is required as a condition of a Research and Special Programs Administration exemption.

(5) A liquid material that has a primary or subsidiary classification of Division 6.1 “poisonous material” as listed in 49 CFR 172.101 that is also a “material poisonous by inhalation,” as defined in 49 CFR 171.8 and that is in a bulk packaging, or that is in a quantity in excess of 20 metric tons per vessel when not in a bulk packaging.

(6) Class 7, “highway route controlled quantity” radioactive material or “fissile material, controlled shipment,” as defined in 49 CFR 173.403.

(7) All bulk liquefied gas cargo carried under 46 CFR 151.50-31 or listed in 46 CFR 154.7 that is flammable and/or toxic and that is not carried as certain dangerous cargo residue (CDC residue).

(8) The following bulk liquids except when carried as CDC residue:

(i) Acetone cyanohydrin;

(ii) Allyl alcohol;

(iii) Chlorosulfonic acid;

(iv) Crotonaldehyde;

(v) Ethylene chlorohydrin;

(vi) Ethylene dibromide;

(vii) Methacrylonitrile;

(viii) Oleum (fuming sulfuric acid); and

(ix) Propylene oxide, alone or mixed with ethylene oxide.

(9) The following bulk solids:

(i) Ammonium nitrate listed as a Division 5.1 (oxidizing) material in 49 CFR 172.101 except when carried as CDC residue; and

(ii) Ammonium nitrate based fertilizer listed as a Division 5.1 (oxidizing) material in 49 CFR 172.101 except when carried as CDC residue.

Certain dangerous cargo residue (CDC residue) includes any of the following:

(1) Ammonium nitrate in bulk or ammonium nitrate based fertilizer in bulk remaining after all saleable cargo is discharged, not exceeding 1,000 pounds in total and not individually accumulated in quantities exceeding two cubic feet.

(2) For bulk liquids and liquefied gases, the cargo that remains onboard in a cargo system after discharge that is not accessible through normal transfer procedures, with the exception of the following bulk liquefied gas cargoes carried under 46 CFR 151.50-31 or listed in 46 CFR 154.7:

(i) Ammonia, anhydrous;

(ii) Chlorine;

(iii) Ethane;

(iv) Ethylene oxide;

(v) Methane (LNG);

(vi) Methyl bromide;

(vii) Sulfur dioxide; and

(viii) Vinyl chloride.

Charterer means the person or organization that contracts for the majority of the carrying capacity of a ship for the transportation of cargo to a stated port for a specified period. This includes “time charterers” and “voyage charterers.”

Crewmember means all persons carried on board the vessel to provide navigation and maintenance of the vessel, its machinery, systems, and arrangements essential for propulsion and safe navigation or to provide services for other persons on board.

Embark means when a crewmember or a person in addition to the crew joins the vessel.

Ferry schedule means a published document that:

(1) Identifies locations a ferry travels to and from;

(2) Lists the times of departures and arrivals; and

(3) Identifies the portion of the year in which the ferry maintains this schedule.

Foreign vessel means a vessel of foreign registry or operated under the authority of a country except the United States.

Great Lakes means Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, their connecting and tributary waters, the Saint Lawrence River as far as Saint Regis, and adjacent port areas.

Gross tons means the tonnage determined by the tonnage authorities of a vessel's flag state in accordance with the national tonnage rules in force before the entry into force of the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969 (“Convention”). For a vessel measured only under Annex I of the Convention, gross tons means that tonnage. For a vessel measured under both systems, the higher gross tonnage is the tonnage used for the purposes of the 300-gross-ton threshold.

Hazardous condition means any condition that may adversely affect the safety of any vessel, bridge, structure, or shore area or the environmental quality of any port, harbor, or navigable waterway of the United States. It may, but need not, involve collision, allision, fire, explosion, grounding, leaking, damage, injury or illness of a person aboard, or manning-shortage.

Nationality means the state (nation) in which a person is a citizen or to which a person owes permanent allegiance.

Operating exclusively within a single Captain of the Port zone refers to vessel movements within the boundaries of a single COTP zone, e.g., from one dock to another, one berth to another, one anchorage to another, or any combination of such transits. Once a vessel has arrived in a port in a COPT zone, it would not be considered as departing from a port or place simply because of its movements within that specific port.

Operator means any person including, but not limited to, an owner, a charterer, or another contractor who conducts, or is responsible for, the operation of a vessel.

Persons in addition to crewmembers mean any person onboard the vessel, including passengers, who are not included on the list of crewmembers.

Port or place of departure means any port or place in which a vessel is anchored or moored.

Port or place of destination means any port or place in which a vessel is bound to anchor or moor.

Public vessel means a vessel that is owned or demise-(bareboat) chartered by the government of the United States, by a State or local government, or by the government of a foreign country and that is not engaged in commercial service.

Time charterer means the party who hires a vessel for a specific amount of time. The owner and his crew manage the vessel, but the charterer selects the ports of destination.

Voyage charterer means the party who hires a vessel for a single voyage. The owner and his crew manage the vessel, but the charterer selects the ports of destination.

[USCG-2002-11865, 68 FR 9543, Feb. 28, 2003, as amended by USCG-2004-19963, 70 FR 74669, Dec. 16, 2005; 75 FR 59620, Sept. 28, 2010. Redesignated and amended at 80 FR 5330, Jan. 30, 2015]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.203   Applicability.

(a) This subpart applies to the following vessels that are bound for or departing from ports or places within the navigable waters of the United States, as defined in 33 CFR 2.36(a), which includes internal waters and the territorial seas of the United States, and any deepwater port as defined in 33 CFR 148.5:

(1) U.S. vessels in commercial service, and

(2) All foreign vessels.

(b) Unless otherwise specified in this subpart, the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel regulated by this subpart is responsible for compliance with the requirements in this subpart.

(c) Towing vessels controlling a barge or barges required to submit an NOA under this subpart must submit only one NOA containing the information required for the towing vessel and each barge under its control.

[USCG-2002-11865, 68 FR 9543, Feb. 28, 2003, as amended by USCG-2004-19963, 70 FR 74669, Dec. 16, 2005. Redesignated and amended at 80 FR 5330, 5331, Jan. 30, 2015]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.204   Exemptions and exceptions.

(a) Except for reporting notice of hazardous conditions, the following vessels are exempt from requirements in this subpart:

(1) A passenger or offshore supply vessel when employed in the exploration for or in the removal of oil, gas, or mineral resources on the continental shelf.

(2) An oil spill response vessel (OSRV) when engaged in actual spill response operations or during spill response exercises.

(3) After December 31, 2015, a vessel required by 33 CFR 165.830 or 165.921 to report its movements, its cargo, or the cargo in barges it is towing.

(4) A United States or Canadian vessel engaged in the salving operations of any property wrecked, or rendering aid and assistance to any vessels wrecked, disabled, or in distress, in waters specified in Article II of the 1908 Treaty of Extradition, Wrecking and Salvage (35 Stat. 2035; Treaty Series 502).

(5) The following vessels neither carrying certain dangerous cargo nor controlling another vessel carrying certain dangerous cargo:

(i) A foreign vessel 300 gross tons or less not engaged in commercial service.

(ii) A vessel operating exclusively within a single Captain of the Port zone. Captain of the Port zones are defined in 33 CFR part 3.

(iii) A U.S. towing vessel and a U.S. barge operating solely between ports or places of the contiguous 48 states, Alaska, and the District of Columbia.

(iv) A public vessel.

(v) Except for a tank vessel, a U.S. vessel operating solely between ports or places of the United States on the Great Lakes.

(vi) A U.S. vessel 300 gross tons or less, engaged in commercial service not coming from a foreign port or place.

(vii) Each ferry on a fixed route that is described in an accurate schedule that is submitted by the ferry operator, along with information in paragraphs (a)(5)(vii)(A) through (J) of this section, to the Captain of the Port for each port or place of destination listed in the schedule at least 24 hours in advance of the first date and time of arrival listed on the schedule. At least 24 hours before the first date and time of arrival listed on the ferry schedule, each ferry operator who submits a schedule under paragraph (a)(5)(vii) of this section must also provide the following information to the Captain of the Port for each port or place of destination listed in the schedule for the ferry, and if the schedule or the following submitted information changes, the ferry operator must submit an updated schedule at least 24 hours in advance of the first date and time of arrival listed on the new schedule and updates on the following items whenever the submitted information is no longer accurate:

(A) Name of the vessel;

(B) Country of registry of the vessel;

(C) Call sign of the vessel;

(D) International Maritime Organization (IMO) international number or, if the vessel does not have an assigned IMO international number, the official number of the vessel;

(E) Name of the registered owner of the vessel;

(F) Name of the operator of the vessel;

(G) Name of the vessel's classification society or recognized organization, if applicable;

(H) Each port or place of destination;

(I) Estimated dates and times of arrivals at and departures from these ports or places; and

(J) Name and telephone number of a 24-hour point of contact.

(b) A vessel less than 500 gross tons is not required to submit the International Safety Management (ISM) Code Notice (Entry 7 in Table 160.206 of §160.206).

(c) A U.S. vessel is not required to submit the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code Notice information (Entry 8 in Table 160.206 of §160.206).

[USCG-2002-11865, 68 FR 9543, Feb. 28, 2003, as amended by USCG-2003-14749, 68 FR 39313, July 1, 2003; 68 FR 63735, Nov. 10, 2003. Redesignated and amended at 80 FR 5330, 5331, Jan. 30, 2015]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.205   Notices of arrival.

The owner, agent, Master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel must submit notices of arrival consistent with the requirements in this subpart.

[80 FR 5331, Jan. 30, 2015]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.206   Information required in an NOA.

(a) Information required. With the exceptions noted in paragraph (b) of this section, each NOA must contain all of the information items specified in Table 160.206. Vessel owners and operators should protect any personal information they gather in preparing notices for transmittal to the National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) to prevent unauthorized disclosure of that information.

Table 160.206—NOA Information Items

Required informationVessels
neither carrying CDC nor
controlling another vessel carrying CDC
Vessels
carrying CDC or controlling another vessel carrying CDC
(1) Vessel Information:
(i) Name;XX
(ii) Name of the registered owner;XX
(iii) Country of registry;XX
(iv) Call sign;XX
(v) International Maritime Organization (IMO) international number or, if vessel does not have an assigned IMO international number, substitute with official number;XX
(vi) Name of the operator;XX
(vii) Name of charterer;XX
(viii) Name of classification society or recognized organization;XX
(ix) Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number, if applicable;XX
(x) Whether the vessel is 300 gross tons or less (yes or no); andXX
(xi) USCG Vessel Response Plan Control Number, if applicable.XX
(2) Voyage Information:
(i) Names of last five foreign ports or places visited;XX
(ii) Dates of arrival and departure for last five foreign ports or places visited;XX
(iii) For the port or place of the United States to be visited, list the name of the receiving facility, the port or place, the city, and the state;XX
(iv) For the port or place of the United States to be visited, the estimated date and time of arrival;XX
(v) For the port or place in the United States to be visited, the estimated date and time of departure;XX
(vi) The location (port or place and country) or position (latitude and longitude or waterway and mile marker) of the vessel at the time of reporting;XX
(vii) The name and telephone number of a 24-hour point of contact;XX
(viii) Whether the vessel's voyage time is less than 24 hours (yes or no);XX
(ix) Last port or place of departure; andXX
(x) Dates of arrival and departure for last port or place of departure.XX
(3) Cargo Information:
(i) A general description of cargo, other than CDC, on board the vessel (e.g., grain, container, oil, etc.);XX
(ii) Name of each CDC carried, including cargo UN number, if applicable; andX
(iii) Amount of each CDC carried.X
(4) Information for each Crewmember On Board:
(i) Full name;XX
(ii) Date of birth;XX
(iii) Nationality;XX
(iv) Passport* or mariner's document number (type of identification and number);XX
(v) Position or duties on the vessel; andXX
(vi) Where the crewmember embarked (list port or place and country).XX
(5) Information for each Person On Board in Addition to Crew:
(i) Full name;XX
(ii) Date of birth;XX
(iii) Nationality;XX
(iv) Passport number;* andXX
(v) Where the person embarked (list port or place and country).XX
(6) Operational condition of equipment required by 33 CFR part 164 of this chapter (see note to table):XX
(7) International Safety Management (ISM) Code Notice:
(i) The date of expiration for the company's Document of Compliance certificate that covers the vessel;XX
(ii) The date of expiration for the vessel's Safety Management Certificate; andXX
(iii) The name of the Flag Administration, or the recognized organization(s) representing the vessel Flag Administration, that issued those certificates.XX
(8) International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) Notice:
(i) The date of issuance for the vessel's International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC), if any;XX
(ii) Whether the ISSC, if any, is an initial Interim ISSC, subsequent and consecutive Interim ISSC, or final ISSC;XX
(iii) Declaration that the approved ship security plan, if any, is being implemented;XX
(iv) If a subsequent and consecutive Interim ISSC, the reasons therefore;XX
(v) The name and 24-hour contact information for the Company Security Officer; andXX
(vi) The name of the Flag Administration or the recognized security organization(s) representing the vessel Flag Administration that issued the ISSC.XX

Note to Table 160.206. For items with an asterisk (*), see paragraph (b) of this section. Submitting a response for item 6 indicating that navigation equipment is not operating properly does not serve as notice to the District Commander, Captain of the Port, or Vessel Traffic Center, under 33 CFR 164.53.

(b) Exceptions. If a crewmember or person on board other than a crewmember is not required to carry a passport for travel, then passport information required in Table 160.206 by items (4)(iv) and (5) (iv) need not be provided for that person.

[80 FR 5331, Jan. 30, 2015]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.208   Updates to a submitted NOA.

(a) Unless otherwise specified in this section, whenever events cause NOA information submitted for a vessel to become inaccurate, or the submitter to realize that data submitted was inaccurate, the owner, agent, Master, operator, or person in charge of that vessel must submit an update within the times required in §160.212.

(b) Changes in the following information need not be reported:

(1) Changes in arrival or departure times that are less than six (6) hours;

(2) Changes in vessel location or position of the vessel at the time of reporting (entry (2)(vi) to Table 160.206); and

(3) Changes to crewmembers' position or duties on the vessel (entry (4)(vii) to Table 160.206).

(c) When reporting updates, revise and resubmit the NOA.

[USCG-2002-11865, 68 FR 9543, Feb. 28, 2003,as amended by USCG-2005-21869, 80 FR 5333, Jan. 30, 2015]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.210   Methods for submitting an NOA.

(a) National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC). Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph or paragraph (b) of this section, vessels must submit NOA information required by §160.206 to the NVMC using methods currently specified at www.nvmc.uscg.gov, which includes submission through the NVMC electronic Notice of Arrival and Departure (eNOAD) World Wide Web site, and XML, which includes the Excel Workbook format. These data may also be submitted using other methods that may be added as future options on www.nvmc.uscg.gov. XML spreadsheets may be submitted via email to enoad@nvmc.uscg.gov. If a vessel operator must submit an NOA or an update, for a vessel in an area without internet access or when experiencing technical difficulties with an onboard computer, and he or she has no shore-side support available, the vessel operator may fax or phone the submission to the NVMC. Fax at 1-800-547-8724 or 304-264-2684. Workbook available at www.nvmc.uscg.gov; or, telephone at 1-800-708-9823 or 304-264-2502.

(b) Saint Lawrence Seaway. Those vessels transiting the Saint Lawrence Seaway inbound, bound for a port or place in the United States, may meet the submission requirements of paragraph (a) of this section by submitting the required information to the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of Canada using methods specified at www.nvmc.uscg.gov.

[USCG-2005-21869, 80 FR 5333, Jan. 30, 2015]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.212   When to submit an NOA.

(a) Submission of an NOA. (1) Except as set out in paragraphs (a)(2) and (a)(3) of this section, all vessels must submit NOAs within the times required in paragraph (a)(4) of this section.

(2) Towing vessels, when in control of a vessel carrying CDC and operating solely between ports or places of the contiguous 48 states, Alaska, and the District of Columbia, must submit an NOA before departure but at least 12 hours before arriving at the port or place of destination.

(3) U.S. vessels 300 gross tons or less, arriving from a foreign port or place, and whose voyage time is less than 24 hours must submit an NOA at least 60 minutes before departure from the foreign port or place. Also, Canadian vessels 300 gross tons or less, arriving directly from Canada, via boundary waters, to a United States port or place on the Great Lakes, whose voyage time is less than 24 hours must submit an NOA at least 60 minutes before departure from the Canadian port or place.

(4) Times for submitting NOAs are as follows:

If your voyage time is—Then you must submit an NOA—
(i) 96 hours or more; orAt least 96 hours before arriving at the port or place of destination; or
(ii) Less than 96 hoursBefore departure but at least 24 hours before arriving at the port or place of destination.

(b) Submission of updates to an NOA. (1) Except as set out in paragraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3) of this section, vessels must submit updates in NOA information within the times required in paragraph (b)(4) of this section.

(2) Towing vessels, when in control of a vessel carrying CDC and operating solely between ports or places in the contiguous 48 states, Alaska, and the District of Columbia, must submit updates to an NOA as soon as practicable but at least 6 hours before entering the port or place of destination.

(3) U.S. vessels 300 gross tons or less, arriving from a foreign port or place, whose voyage time is—

(i) Less than 24 hours but greater than 6 hours, must submit updates to an NOA as soon as practicable, but at least 6 hours before entering the port or place of destination.

(ii) Less than or equal to 6 hours, must submit updates to an NOA as soon as practicable, but at least 60 minutes before departure from the foreign port or place.

(4) Times for submitting updates to NOAs are as follows:

If your remaining voyage time is—Then you must submit updates to an NOA—
(i) 96 hours or more;As soon as practicable, but at least 24 hours before arriving at the port or place of destination;
(ii) Less than 96 hours but not less than 24 hours; orAs soon as practicable, but at least 24 hours before arriving at the port or place of destination; or
(iii) Less than 24 hoursAs soon as practicable, but at least 12 hours before arriving at the port or place of destination.

[USCG-2005-21869, 80 FR 5333, Jan. 30, 2015]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.214   Waivers.

The Captain of the Port may waive, within that Captain of the Port's designated zone, any of the requirements of this subpart for any vessel or class of vessels upon finding that the vessel, route, area of operations, conditions of the voyage, or other circumstances are such that application of this subpart is unnecessary or impractical for purposes of safety, environmental protection, or national security.

return arrow Back to Top

§160.215   Force majeure.

When a vessel is bound for a port or place of the United States under force majeure, it must comply with the requirements in this section, but not other sections of this subpart. The vessel must report the following information to the nearest Captain of the Port as soon as practicable:

(a) The vessel Master's intentions;

(b) Any hazardous conditions as defined in §160.202; and

(c) If the vessel is carrying certain dangerous cargo or controlling a vessel carrying certain dangerous cargo, the amount and name of each CDC carried, including cargo UN number if applicable.

[USCG-2000-7080, 81 FR 59137, Aug. 29, 2016]

return arrow Back to Top

§160.216   Notice of hazardous conditions.

(a) Whenever there is a hazardous condition either on board a vessel or caused by a vessel or its operation, the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge must immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector Office or Group Office, and in addition submit any report required by 46 CFR 4.05-10.

(b) When the hazardous condition involves cargo loss or jettisoning as described in 33 CFR 97.115, the notification required by paragraph (a) of this section must include—

(1) What was lost, including a description of cargo, substances involved, and types of packages;

(2) How many were lost, including the number of packages and quantity of substances they represent;

(3) When the incident occurred, including the time of the incident or period of time over which the incident occurred;

(4) Where the incident occurred, including the exact or estimated location of the incident, the route the ship was taking, and the weather (wind and sea) conditions at the time or approximate time of the incident; and

(5) How the incident occurred, including the circumstances of the incident, the type of securing equipment that was used, and any other material failures that may have contributed to the incident.

[USCG-2000-7080, 81 FR 28017, May 9, 2016. Redesignated by USCG-2000-7080, 81 FR 59136, Aug. 29, 2016]

return arrow Back to Top

Need assistance?