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Waterways Branch
Private Aids Section

Eighth Coast Guard District
500 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 671-2330 or 2328

Waterways Branch (dpw)

Private Aids to Navigation (PATON):

Private Aids to Navigation are aids to navigation established and maintained by anyone other than the U.S. Coast Guard or any other armed service.  The federal regulations which mandate compliance are listed in 33 CFR Part 64, Part 66 and Part 67.

Private aids are used in the oil and gas industry, state and local governments, by private individuals and business entities throughout 26 states within the Eighth Coast Guard District.

The Eighth Coast Guard District, Private Aids to Navigation Section, is responsible for administering the private aids programs within the Eight Coast Guard District area of responsibility.

The following is a brief outline of how the Eighth CG District Private Aids permitting process works:

  1. Owner completes appropriate permit applications (CG-2554 or CG-4143), and AIS Addendum), and forwards the completed application along with a copy of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers permit (if applicable) and private aid project information, to the Eighth CG District, Private Aids Section. A 30 day advance notice required for all projects.
  2. CG receives application and performs a thorough permit review and waterway analysis, to ensure compliance with applicable federal private aid requirements, uniform aid marking and to ensure waterway safety as a result of the proposed private aid(s) project.
  3. The normal review time is 30 days or less (case by case).
  4. CG approves or disapproves permit request and provides owner with a permit response or correspondence regarding the status of the permit request.
  5. Upon receipt of an approved CG-2554 or CG-4143, the owner may establish the private aids as Indicated on the approved permit.

The following is a brief outline on how to submit Rig Movement Notification Report:

  1. Complete the appropriate form (MMS-144) and forward a completed copy of the form via email or fax to the Eighth CG District, Private Aids Section. Please ensure all fields are completed.
  2. Upon receiving the form the CG performs a review and safety analysis. If the rig is operating within one nautical mile of any safety fairway or safety zone a Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM) will be issued. If the rig poses minimal risk to mariners the moment will be added to the next Local Notice to Mariners (LNM).


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Contact Information:

Branch Chief: (504) 671-2017

Private Aids to Navigation:
(504) 671-2328

Marine Information:
(504) 671-2327

LNG (Liquified Natural Gas)
(504) 671-2109

OCS (Outer Continental Shelf)
Safety Zones:
(504) 671-2017

Waterways Analysis and
(504) 671-2326

Vessel Traffic Service:
(504) 671-2107

Fax: (504) 671-2137


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