Regulated Navigation Areas, Safety Zones, Security Zones; Deepwater Ports in Boston Captain of the Port Zone, MA
The Coast Guard is establishing regulated navigation areas (RNAs) and safety and security zones around the recently constructed Neptune Deepwater Port Facility, and modifying RNA and safety zone regulations for the existing Northeast Gateway Deepwater Port (NEGDWP), both of which are located in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The purpose of these regulated areas is to protect vessels and mariners from the potential safety hazards associated with deepwater port operations, and to protect the liquefied natural gas carriers (LNGCs) and deepwater port infrastructure from security threats or other subversive acts. All vessels, with the exception of LNGCs and deepwater port support vessels, will be prohibited from anchoring within 1,000 meters of the submerged turret loading (STL) buoys associated with the deepwater port, and prohibited from entering waters within 500 meters of the deepwater port STL buoys or the LNGCs using them. Additionally, vessels will be prohibited from deploying equipment which could become entangled in submerged infrastructure within 1,000 meters of STL buoys.
Safety Zone; Thunder on Niagara, Niagara River, North Tonawanda, NY
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on Niagara River, North Tonawanda, NY. This safety zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the Niagara River during the Thunder on Niagara powerboat races. This safety zone is necessary to protect spectators and vessels from the hazards associated with powerboat races.
Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR); Public Meeting
The Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR) will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC to hear comments on the priorities of oil pollution research, including projects related to the Deepwater Horizon incident and the Arctic environment. This meeting is designed to give the public an opportunity to provide statements as to where the ICCOPR, a Federally mandated committee, should focus their efforts concerning oil pollution research. Public comment will then be used to augment the revision of the 1997 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan. This meeting will be open to the public.
Safety Zone; Celebrate Erie, Presque Isle Bay, Erie, PA
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on Presque Isle Bay, Erie, PA for the Celebrate Erie fireworks. This zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of Presque Isle Bay in Erie, PA during the Celebrate Erie fireworks display, August 22, 2010. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect spectators and vessels from the hazards associated with a firework display.
Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee
The Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) and its working groups will meet in Houston, Texas, to discuss waterway improvements, aids to navigation, area projects impacting safety on the Houston Ship Channel, and various other navigation safety matters in the Galveston Bay area. All meetings will be open to the public.