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Sector Northern New England, through its 19 sub-units and over 1,100 Active, Civilian, Reserve and Auxiliary personnel executes operational missions across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northeastern New York in an area of responsibility that spans over 5, 000 miles of coastline and 11,000 square nautical miles of water. It includes a number of coastal and river cargo ports, cruise ship destinations, and the waters of Lake Champlain.

Together, the ports account for the movement of over 160 million barrels of petroleum products, significant bulk and container freight, with 1,200 deep draft vessels arriving annually, including 115 cruse ships. In addition, many ferries and tour boats operate in the region, transporting millions of passengers and serving as vital links to island communities and bordering states.

Recreational boating and commercial fishing are vital to the region's economy, with over 7,000 documented and state registered fishing vessels and thousands of small craft transiting the waters Sector-wide.

Boatbuilding remains a strong regional tradition with more than 20 new vessels constructed each year. Other unique features of the Sector's zone include joint protection and response missions along the Canadian border and the continued support and rapport shared with local Native American Tribal communities.

Annual Statistics and Operations

Approximately 600 SAR cases, 2,000 boardings, 750 vessel inspections, maintain over 1,000 aids to navigation and conduct winter ice breaking

The Sector provides support services in Portland to USCGC MARCUS HANNA, Electronic Support Detachment (ESD) South Portland, and Industrial Production Facility (IPF) South Portland. In addition, Sector Field Office (SFO) Southwest Harbor provides support services to USCGC ABBIE BURGESS (Rockland) and ESD Southwest Harbor.

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USCG Storm Warning Webcam in South Portland Maine

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Storm Warnings

Storm and hurricane forecasts and warnings are issued by NOAA's National Hurricane Center. Boaters and coastal residents can get storm and hurricane information from VHF marine radios, commercial radio and television stations and newspapers, or NOAA weather radios.

In some areas, warning flags are flown to warn boaters of dangerous weather conditions.

Daytime Signals

Here are some of the flags you may see on our storm cam.

Small Craft Advisory:

Small Craft Advisory
Gale Warning:
Gale Warning
Storm Warning:

Storm Warning
Hurricane Warning:
Hurricane Warning
To alert mariners to sustained (more than two hours) weather or sea conditions, either present or forecast, that might be hazardous to small boats. The threshold conditions for the Small Craft Advisory are usually 18 knots of wind (less than 18 knots in some dangerous waters) or hazardous wave conditions. A warning of winds within the range of 39 – 54 mph (34 – 47 knots). Gale warnings may precede or accompany a hurricane watch. A warning of winds within the range of 55 – 73 mph (48 – 63 knots). A warning that indicates that hurricane winds of 74 mph (64 knots) and higher, or a combination of dangerously high water and rough seas, are expected to impact a specified coastal area. When a hurricane warning is announced, hurricane conditions are considered imminent and may begin immediately, or at least within the next 12 to 24 hours. When a warning is announced, it is of utmost importance that precautionary measures are taken for protection of life and property.

Night (Light) Signals

We also have Night (Light) Signals installed. Here are some possible light combinations you may see.

Small Craft Advisory:

Night Light Small Craft Advisory
Gale Warning:
Night Light Gale Warning
Storm Warning:

Night Light Storm Warning
Hurricane Warning:
Night Light Hurricane Warning
Red over White. White over Red. Red over Red. Red over White over Red.

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Last Modified 1/12/2016