Designing, And Constructing Seaplane Base Facilities APPENDIX  


The Coast Guard is charged with marking navigable waterways. For the purpose of this advisory circular, "aids to navigation" refers to nautical application rather than to the aeronautical connotation.

a. The proponent of a water operating area located on navigable waters should contact the Commander of the Coast Guard District which has jurisdiction over the area where the water operating area be developed {sic.}.

b. If the proponent decides that markers are required, then these markers are classified as private aids to navigation. The rules, regulations, and procedures that pertain to private aids to navigation are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 33, Chapter 1, Part 66.

c. The Coast Guard requires that the application show evidence of a permit having been issued by the Corps of Engineers prior to completing CG-2554 (item 6 of the form).

d. Figures A2-1 through A2-5 contain instructions for completing the application form as well as addresses of Coast Guard District Commanders.

Figure A2-1. Federal regulations concerning private aids to navigation, CFR 66




1. The rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to private aids to navigation are set forth in the copy of Code of Federal Regulations; Title 33, Chapter 1, Part 66, on the back of this page.

2. Three copies of the application for private aids shall be forwarded to the Commander of the Coast Guard District in which the aids will be located 30 days in advance of the proposed action. Sections of charts or sketches showing the work proposed shall accompany each application.

3. When making application for private aids to mark structures and mooring buoys in navigable waters or to mark the excavating or depositing of material therein, evidence is required of the authorization obtained from Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, for such work. (Code of Federal Regulations; Title 33, Part 209.120.)

4. The applicant shall complete all of Blocks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10 for all new applications. When an aid is being discontinued, Block 3 need not be completed. Block 6 shall be completed whenever authorization is required to be obtained from Corps of Engineers (See Instruction Number 3). Columns of Block 7 will be completed as follows:

a. Unlighted buoys - 7a, 7e, 7f, and 7j.

b. Lighted buoys - 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h, and 7j.

c. Day beacons - 7a, 7c, 7f (if applicable), 7h, 7i, and 7j.

d. Light on a structure - 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 7f (if applicable), 7g, 7h, 7i, and 7j.

When an aid is being changed, Block 8 shall be used to describe the nature of the change.

5. The required information for each column includes the following:

(7a) Proposed number or letter to be assigned to the aid.

(7b) Period of light (time in seconds for one complete cycle).

(7c) Flash length in seconds. For complex or multiple flashes, explain in column (7j).

(7d) Color of light.

(7e) Position by two or more horizontal angles, or bearing and distance from a prominent charted landmark. If a prominent charted landmark is not available, show latitude and longitude as precisely as the chart permits.

(7f) Depth of water at buoy or structure (if marine site). All depths are measured from mean low water except on Great Lakes where depths are measured from low water datum.

(7g) Candlepower, if known; otherwise, include the following information in column (7j); lens size, lamp voltage and amperage if electric, or details of other illuminant to be used.

(7h) Height of light or unlighted structure above water. Height is measured from mean high water except in the Great Lakes where heights are measured from low water datum shown on U.S. Lake Survey Charts. The height of a light on a buoy is measured from the water line.

(7i) Include details of structure (type, color).

(7j) Used for the following specific information, plus any other useful details: a. buoys - size, shape, color, and reflective material used; b. structures - daymark shape and color; c. fog signal on a buoy or structure - type and model, audible range, and characteristic (number of strokes or blasts, period and blast length).

6. This form may be used to cover more than one aid in the same geographic area. Draw a line between each aid as indicated in example. Attach separate sheet if additional space is required.

7. Attach a section of chart showing the proposed location of the aid(s) to navigation.

8. a. After receipt of the approved form the applicant will advise the District Commander by telegram or other rapid means of communications when the work authorized is actually accomplished.

b. If the aids have not been installed within one year of the approval date, the approved application is automatically canceled.

c. Any discrepancy in the operation of the aid(s) at any time shall be reported to the District Commander by telegram or other rapid means of communication in order that Notices to Mariners may be issued. A discrepancy exists whenever the aid is not as described in the approved application, that is, lack of signal, incorrect light characteristic, or improper color, shape of position of shore structure or buoy. The correction of the discrepancy will also be reported by the same method.

9. All classes of private aids to navigation shall be maintained in proper condition. They are subject to inspection by the Coast Guard at any time and without prior notice to the maintainer.


KEY: \1\ State


\2\ Field Address

\3\ Telephone/FTS/Comm


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

\2\ Governor's Island

New York NY 10004-5098

\3\ 8-664-7196

(212) 668-7196

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

\2\ Maintenance and Logistics Command

(Atlantic) Governor's Island

New York, NY 10004-5000

\3\ 8-664-7196

(212) 668-7196


11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

\2\ Coast Guard Island

Alameda, CA 94501-5100

\3\ 8-536-3196

(415) 437-3196

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

\2\ Maintenance and Logistics Command

(Pacific) Coast Guard Island

Alameda CA 94501-5100

\3\ 8-536-3939

(415) 437-3939


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

\2\ 408 Atlantic Ave

Boston, MA 02210-2209

\3\ 8-223-8480

Nights, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays


(617) 223-8480


8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

\2\ 1222 Spruce Street

St. Louis, MO 63101-2832

\3\ 8-262-7601

(314) 539-7601


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

\2\ 431 Crawford Street

Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004

\3\ 8-393-6287

(804) 398-6287


7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

\2\ Brickell Plaza Federal Building

909 SE 1st Avenue

Miami, FL 33130-1608

\3\ 8-350-5654

(305) 536-5654


7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

\2\ 501 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70130-3396

\3\ 8-682-6298

(504) 589-6298


7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

\2\ 1240 E. 9th Street

Cleveland, OH 44199-2060

\3\ 8-942-3910

(216) 522-3910


11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

\2\ 400 Oceangate Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90882-5399

\3\ 8-984-5201

(213) 499-5201


10:45 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.

\2\ 915 2nd Avenue

Seattle, WA 98174-1067

\3\ 8-399-5078

(206) 553-5078


1:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

\2\ 300 Ala Moana Boulevard

Honolulu, HI 96850-4982

\3\ (808) 541-2051


11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

\2\ PO Box 3-5000

Juneau, AK 99802-1217

\3\ 8-871-2025

(907) 463-2025
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