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Coast Pilot 9 - Chapter 10 - Edition 35, 2017

Appendix A

(1) Sales Information

(2) NOAA publications, nautical charts and unclassified National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) nautical charts are sold by authorized sales agents in many U.S. ports and in some foreign ports. Information on obtaining charting products and a listing of authorized agents can be found at www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov.

(3) Charts , Publications, and Services– NOAA

(4) Reporting corrections to Nautical Charts and Coast Pilots
(5) Users are requested to report all significant discrepancies or additions to NOAA Coast Pilots, including depth information in privately maintained channels and basins; obstructions, wrecks, and other dangers; new, relocated, or demolished landmarks; uncharted fixed private aids to navigation; deletions or additions of small-craft facilities and any other information pertinent to safe navigation. This information may be submitted using the NOAA Office of Coast Survey site: ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/idrs/discrepancy.aspx. All correspondence should be addressed to:


(7) Nautical Charts
(8) NOAA maintains the nautical charts and publications for the coast of the United States and the Great Lakes. Over a thousand charts cover 95,000 miles of shoreline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of water. Access to charts, publications and chart catalogs is available through www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov.

(9) Dates of Latest Editions
(10) Information concerning the dates of latest editions for the full suite of NOAA's nautical charts and U.S. Coast Pilot volumes can be found at:

(11) nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/dole.htm

(12) Coast Pilot

(14) Distance Tables
(15) Distances Between United States Ports is available at nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/distances-ports.

(16) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services

(18) National Weather Service Offices

(20) NOAA Weather Radio
(21) National Weather Service VHF-FM radio stations provide mariners with continuous FM broadcasts of weather warnings, forecasts, radar reports and selected weather observations. Reception range is up to 40 miles from the antenna site, depending on terrain, type of receiver and antenna used. The following VHF-FM radio stations are in or near the area covered by this Coast Pilot.


(23) The National Weather Service provides Radio Facsimile Weather Information for Alaskan waters through Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak (NOJ). Broadcasts are made on the following frequencies: 2054 (10z, 18z), 4298, 8459, 12412.5 (4z, 22z) kHz. For carrier frequency, subtract 1.9 kHz. Fax schedules are transmitted at 1727 GMT, and provide area coverage and descriptions of services. For further information, visit: nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/radiofax.htm.

(24) Marine Weather Forecasts
(25) Scheduled coastal marine forecasts are issued four times daily by National Weather Service Offices. For further information on coastal marine forecasts as well as additional types of forecasts, visit: nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/forecast.htm.

(26) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)
(27) The Space Weather Prediction Center provides real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events which impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation and many other technological systems.


(29) Chart and– Other U.S. Government Agencies

(30) A partial list of publications and charts considered of navigational value is included for ready reference of the mariner. In addition to the agents located in the principal seaports handling publication sales, certain libraries have been designated by the Congress of the United States to receive the publications as issued for public review.

(31) Government Publishing Office
(32) Publications of the U.S. Government Publishing Office may be ordered at https://bookstore.gpo.gov/. Additional questions and orders may also be directed to the Government Publishing Office Customer Contact Center, 1–866–512–1800, 0800 to 1730 Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

(33) Nautical Charts
(34) Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers Navigation Charts Alabama River Charts and Black Warrior-Tombigbee Rivers River Charts—available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District for purchase in bound hard copy or as a free download in PDF at www.sam.usace.army.mil.

(35) Flood Control and Navigation Maps of the Mississippi River, Cairo, Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico—available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District as a free download in PDF at www.mvm.usace.army.mil.

(36) Upper Mississippi River Navigation Charts (Mississippi River, Cairo, Illinois to Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Charts of the Illinois Waterway, from Mississippi River at Grafton, Illinois to Lake Michigan at Chicago and Calumet Harbors—available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District for purchase in hard copy format or as a free download in PDF at www.mvr.usace.army.mil.

(37) Publications
(38) Local Notices to Mariners are posted weekly by the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center at www.navcen.uscg.gov. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. Notice to Mariners are available at msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal.

(39) Special Notice to Mariners are published annually in National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Notice to Mariners 1. These notices contain important information of considerable interest to all mariners. Interested parties are advised to read these notices.

(40) Light List—published by United States Coast Guard and available online at www.navcen.uscg.gov. Also see Light List, chapter 1, for additional information.

(41) List of Lights Sailing Directions Radio Navigataional Aids (Pub. 117) American Practical Navigator (Pub. 9) and International Code of Signals (Pub. 102)—published by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and available at msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal.

(42) The Nautical Almanac the Air Almanac and Astronomical Almanac—available through the United States Naval Observatory at www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications.

(43) <43-44 Deleted>

(45) Marine Product Dissemination Information—maintained by the National Weather Service at www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/home.htm.

(46) Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook—publication produced by the United States Coast Guard Navigation Standards Branch, which contains International and Inland Rules of the Road and Navigation Regulations. Available for download or viewing at www.navcen.uscg.gov under the link Navigation Rules.

(47) Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats—available for free download at www.uscgboating.org.

(48) Offices and Services – Other U.S. Government Agencies

(49) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Offices

(51) Environmental Protection Agency Offices

(53) U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN)
(54) The Coast Guard Navigation Center provides cutting edge services for safe, secure, and efficient maritime transportation. The center operates the Navigation Information Service (NIS), the Maritime Differential GPS (DGPS) and the developing Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS). In addition, NAVCEN serves as the civilian interface for the Global Positioning System and manages other navigation-related projects.

(55) For further information and/or operational questions regarding GPS and DGPS, visit www.navcen.uscg.gov or contact:


(57) Coast Guard District Offices

(59) Coast Guard Sector Offices
(60) Note: A Sector Office combines the functions of the Captain of the Port and a Marine Inspection Office.


(62) Coast Guard Stations
(63) The stations listed are in the area covered by this Coast Pilot. They have search and rescue capabilities and may provide lookout, communication, and/or patrol functions to assist vessels in distress. The National VHF-FM Distress System provides continuous coastal radio coverage outwards to 20 miles on channel 16. After contact on channel 16, communications with the Coast Guard should be on channel 22A. If channel 22 is not available to the mariner, communications may be made on channel 12. Selected stations guard the International Radiotelephone Distress, Safety and Calling Frequencies.


(65) Coast Guard Radio Broadcasts
(66) Urgent, safety and scheduled marine information broadcasts are made by Coast Guard stations. In general, these broadcasts provide information vital to vessels operating in the approaches and coastal waters of the United States including the Great Lakes, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Types of broadcasts are as follows:

(67) Scheduled broadcasts–U.S. Coast Guard stations make scheduled broadcasts on a prepublished schedule of 12-hour intervals. After the preliminary announcements on VHF-FM channel 16, the station advises shifting to working frequency VHF-FM channel 22.

(68) Safety broadcasts–U.S. Coast Guard stations which make scheduled broadcasts issue safety broadcasts upon receipt and on the next scheduled broadcast. Safety broadcasts are preceded by the safety signal SECURITY. After the preliminary signal on VHF-FM channel 16, the station may announce shifting to working frequency VHF-FM channel 22A.

(69) Urgent broadcasts–U.S. Coast Guard stations which make scheduled broadcasts, issue urgent broadcasts upon receipt and on schedule until canceled. Urgent broadcasts are preceded by the urgent signal, PAN-PAN. Both the urgent signal and message may be transmitted on VHF-FM channel 16.

(70) U.S. NAVTEX Transmitting Stations
(71) NAVTEX coverage is reasonably continuous to 200 NM off the U.S. East, Gulf, and West Coasts; Puerto Rico; Southwest Alaska; Hawaii; and 100 NM off Guam. U.S. Coast Guard NAVTEX broadcast stations and message content for the West Coast are as follows:


(73) Rescue Coordination Centers
(74) Listed below are the locations of the centers in Alaska.

(75) Juneau, Alaska: Seventeenth Coast Guard District Headquarters

(76) 907–463–2000

(77) jrccjuneau@uscg.mil

(78) Customs Ports of Entry
(79) Vessels arriving in the United States from a foreign port or place are required to report their arrival to Customs and Border Protection immediately. Field Operations Offices and contact information is listed below.


(81) Public Health Service Quarantine Stations

(83) At other ports, quarantine and/or medical examinations are usually performed by Public Health Service contract personnel or by quarantine inspectors from the nearest quarantine station. Inquiries concerning quarantine matters should be directed to the nearest quarantine station.

(84) Food and Drug Administration Regional Offices

(86) Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Offices
(87) Listed below are ports covered by this volume where APHIS inspectors are available to inspect plants, and plant and animal products, and locations of Animal Import Centers where livestock and birds are inspected.

(88) Information on importation of plants, animals, and plant and animal products is available from APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737.

(89) Telephone: 301-734-0841 (plant related); 301-734-7833 (animal related).

(90) Visit aphis.usda.gov for more information.

(91) Alaska:

(92) Anchorage: Anchorage International Airport; Box 190191, 99519.

(93) Animal Import Centers:

(94) Honolulu, Hawaii: 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 4320, 96850.

(95) Miami, Fla.: 8120 NW 53rd Street, Suite 102, 33166.

(96) Rock Tavern, N.Y.: New York Animal Import Center, Stewart Airport, Rural Route 1, Box 74, 12575.

(97) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Offices

(99) Federal Communications Commission Offices
(100) District Field Office:

(101) San Francisco, CA: 5653 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 105, Pleasanton, CA 94588-8543. Telephone toll-free: 888-225-5322; (888-CALL-FCC) to report radio communications interference issues.

(102) Stations Transmitting Medical Advice
(103) To obtain radio medical advice by reliable voice radio communications urgent calls for assistance may be broadcast using the normal Urgency prowords PAN PAN as follows: