Humboldt Harbor Safety Committee

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The Harbor Safety Committee of the Humboldt Bay Area is responsible for planning for the safe navigation and operation of tank ships, tank barges, and all other vessels within our jurisdiction.

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AMSEA Classes

AMSEA Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Training is going on now in Northern California Harbors. 

CALL 1-907-747-3287 or visit www.amsea.org  for class schedule and to make your reservation.

NOAA Buoy 46022 is back !!!

PLEASE STAY AT LEAST 1,000 FEET AWAY FROM THE ACTUAL BUOY LOCATION (in addition to its charted position) TO AVOID ENTANGLING THE MOORING LINE BENEATH THE SURFACE.

In the last six years, the buoy has gone adrift four times, and Eureka has been without buoy data more that it has received buoy data.  The loss of the buoy has been due to mariners towing subsurface lines too close to the buoy and entangling their tow lines with the mooring line.

In three of the four instances, regardless of what month NOAA deploys the buoy, it was lost during the following February.  Does this coincide with increased maritime activity in the area?  Because this is early March, NOAA is concerned that we could lose the new buoy rather quickly.

The NOAA Buoy mooring has a scope of 1.6, so the buoy can be as much as 800 feet from its anchor in any direction.  Even if a boat stays a few hundred away feet from the buoy, it could still be over the mooring line.  This additional length of mooring line allows the buoy to ride rough seas without putting excessive stress on the mooring components.  These moorings typically last 5-6 years when they are not tampered with.

Please help spread the word. 
STAY AT LEAST 1,000 FEET AWAY FROM THE BUOY

Best Maritime Practices for Possible Mariner Action regarding Tsunamis

The Harbor Safety Committee of the Humboldt Bay Area along with the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, the National Weather Service in Eureka and other agencies and partners have produced documents in regards to possible mariner action in the event of a distant source tsunami. These documents are relative only to the Humboldt Bay Area and are for distant source tsunamis only. For more information please click on the Tsunami tab at the top of the page.
The Harbor Safety Committee makes recommendations to the Administrator of the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), California Department of Fish and Wildlife and is established pursuant to Section 8670.23 of the Government Code and Title 14, California Code of Regulations, Sections 800-802.