Private Aids Section
Eighth Coast Guard District
500 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
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 Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 64 (Marking of Structures, Sunken Vessels and other Obstructions), Part 66 (Private Aids to Navigation), and Part 67 (Aids to Navigation on Artificial Islands and Fixed Structures).
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 Eighth Coast Guard District area of responsibility.
The following is a brief outline of how the Eighth CG District Private Aids permitting process works:
The following is a brief outline on how to submit a COPY of your Rig Movement Notification Report (BSSE Form-0144) and/or the Notice of Arrival (33 CFR 146.202) to the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District: