Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2021: Federal Lightering Zones - Gulf of Mexico, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/54387.

Item Identification

Title: Federal Lightering Zones - Gulf of Mexico
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2018-05-07
Abstract:

These data represent federal and traditional lightering zones and prohibited lightering zones within the Gulf of Mexico. Lightering or Lightering operation means the transfer of a cargo of oil in bulk from one oil tanker less than 150 gross tons to another oil tanker less than 150 gross tons, or a cargo of hazardous material in bulk from one vessel to another. Lightering includes all phases of the operation, from the beginning of the mooring operation to the departure of the service vessel from the vessel to be lightered, except when that cargo is intended only for use as fuel or lubricant aboard the receiving vessel. The U.S. Coast Guard has designated areas in which tankers may lighter cargoes of oil bound for coastal onshore terminals. Transfer of oil between vessels is to occur within 'Lightering Rendezvous Areas' and is prohibited in 'Prohibited Areas'. Not all ships choose to utilize the Lightering Rendezvous Areas depicted in this dataset, but all are required to avoid lightering in the Prohibited Areas.

Purpose:

To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Supplemental Information:

The native coordinate system for this layer is WGS 1984 World Mercator (ESPG: 3395). Please note: all MarineCadastre.gov data served by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management and hosted through Esri REST services are in the WGS 1984 Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere (EPSG: 3857) projection.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Human Dimensions > Environmental Governance/Management
ISO 19115 Topic Categories environment
ISO 19115 Topic Categories location
ISO 19115 Topic Categories oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Categories planningCadastre
ISO 19115 Topic Categories society
ISO 19115 Topic Categories transportation
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
ISO 19115 Topic Category location
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category planningCadastre
ISO 19115 Topic Category society
ISO 19115 Topic Category transportation
None CFR
None Claypile
None Coast Guard
None Code of Federal Regulations
None Designated Lightering Zones
None Ewing
None Federal Register
None Flower Garden
None Gulfmex
None Gulfmex No. 2
None Lightering Zones
None Offshore Corpus Christi No. 1
None Offshore Corpus Christi No. 2
None Offshore Freeport
None Offshore Galveston No. 1
None Offshore Galveston No. 2
None Offshore Pascagoula
None Offshore Pascagoula No. 2
None Oil
None Oil Pollution Act of 1990
None Prohibited Areas
None Ship to ship transfer
None Shipping
None South Sabine
None South Sabine Point
None South West Point
None Southex
None STS
None Tanker

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America

Physical Location

City: North Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Distribution Liability:

NOAA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the availability, quality, accuracy, content, completeness or suitability for the user's needs of such information. The services, information, and data made available on the Marine Cadastre web site are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind. These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation. https://www.marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

Data Set Credit: CREDIT: Code of Federal Regulations (United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security) ORIGINATORS: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM);

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 791735
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 791736
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 791738
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 791737
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 791741
W° Bound: -97.152964
E° Bound: -87.887036
N° Bound: 29.740998
S° Bound: 27.172606

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 791740
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2017-06-30
Description:

ground condition

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 794496
Download URL: ftp://ftp.coast.noaa.gov/pub/MSP/ORT/LighteringZones.zip
Distributor:
File Name: Lightering Zones

Distribution 2

CC ID: 794497
Download URL: https://coast.noaa.gov/arcgis/rest/services/OceanReportingTool/
Distributor:
File Name: ORT Map Service

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 791733
URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/oceanreports
Name: Ocean Reports
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

More information and online data visualization.

Technical Environment

Description:

Version 6.2 (Build 9200) ; Esri ArcGIS 10.4.1.5713

Data Quality

Accuracy:

The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete, although attribute information has been simplified. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are believed to be logically consistent. Geometry is topologically clean.

Lineage

Sources

33 CFR Part 156

CC ID: 791720
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Federal Register, Government Printing Office (GPO)
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1995-08-29
Citation URL: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-1995-08-29/pdf/95-21292.pdf
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

Code of Federal Regulations (PART 156—OIL AND HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TRANSFER OPERATIONS)

Final Report: Ocean-Going Tanker Vessel Lightering Emissions in the Gulf of Mexico

CC ID: 791719
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Unknown
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2017-06-30
Citation URL: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/implementation/air/am/contracts/reports/ei/582177209724-20170630-environ-OceanGoingTankerVesselLighteringEmissionsGulfMexico.pdf
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

Report on vessel lightering operations

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 791722
Description:

1) Import into ArcMap as a table and create XY event layer based on latitude and longitude.

2) Merge rendezvous areas buffer with Prohibited Areas to form final dataset. Add/populate and remove attributes as appropriate.

3) Project resulting layer into World Mercator (WGS1984).

4) Copy list of bounding box coordinates for Prohibited Areas into .xls. Convert coordinates from DMS to D.D.

5) Import into ArcMap as a table and create XY event layer based on latitude and longitude.

6) Set snapping (point) and trace corner coordinates to create boxes in new feature class.

7) Project resulting layer into World Mercator (WGS1984).

8) Buffer points by 20 nautical miles.

9) Copy list of coordinates for rendezvous points into .xls. Convert coordinates from DM to D.D.

10) Use clip and reshape tools to eliminate overlapping portions of rendezvous areas and portions that overlap the Prohibited Areas.

Process Date/Time: 2018-05-04 01:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity (ENT) Lightering Zones

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54387
Metadata Record Created By: Anna Verrill
Metadata Record Created: 2018-10-25 12:07+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jesse Brass
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-10-01 13:29+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-10-26
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-10-27