U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District
New Orleans, Louisiana
Private Aids to Navigation (PATON):
Private Aid Permitting Process
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
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:
- Owner completes appropriate permit applications (CG-2554
CG-4143) 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.
- 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)
- The normal review time is 30 days or less (case by
- CG approves or disapproves permit request and
provides owner with a permit response or correspondence regarding the
status of the permit request.
- Upon receipt of an approved CG-2554 or CG-4143,
the owner may establish the private aids as Indicated on the approved
The following is a brief outline on how to
submit Rig Movement Notification Report.
- 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
- 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 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).
Eighth Coast Guard District (dpw)
Private Aids Section
500 Poydras St. Suite 1230
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 671-2330 or 671-2328
Fax: (504) 671-2137