Chapter 17.25
BERTHING, MOORING AND STORAGE

Sections:

17.25.010    Docking Regulations.

17.25.020    Anchorage, Berthing and Mooring Regulations.

17.25.030    Storage Regulations.

17.25.010 Docking Regulations.

A.    Docking Permission Required.

1.    No person having charge of any vessel shall make the same fast to any pier in Newport Harbor, or permit the same to remain at such location after finishing loading or unloading such vessel, without the consent of the owner, agent, or person in charge of any such pier.

2.    No person shall make fast any vessel to any other vessel already occupying any pier, either public or private, without first obtaining a special event permit as required in Chapter 11.03, or any successor chapter. At the Rhine Wharf, the Harbormaster shall have the authority to authorize this activity, via a Rhine Wharf permit, under either of the following conditions: (a) a commercial fishing vessel is loading or unloading, and no other mooring or berthing space is available in the harbor for this purpose; or (b) a vessel is taking refuge from inclement weather and no other mooring or berthing space is available in the harbor for this purpose. In no event shall more than one vessel be made fast to the dockside vessel and no other vessel shall be made fast to the outboard vessel. Both vessels shall have operators aboard at all times.

3.    No person holding a harbor development permit issued under the terms of Chapter 17.50 or having care, custody, control or use of any pier in Newport Harbor shall permit or allow a vessel to be made fast to any other vessel which is occupying any pier over which the permit holder has control, except as provided in the exceptions found in subsection (A)(2) of this section.

B.    Obstruction Prohibited. No person shall intentionally obstruct the free access to and departure from any portion of any pier.

C.    Time Limits and Rules.

1.    Public piers and other harbor facilities may be maintained by the City for the purpose of loading and unloading passengers, supplies, and boating gear and for similar purposes. It is the policy of the City to maintain such facilities in a manner that will permit the greatest public use and avoid continuous occupancy, congestion or blocking thereof. Where necessary to achieve public use and to avoid extended occupancy, congestion or blocking thereof, the Harbormaster is authorized and directed to post the following dock markings or signs limiting the time during which a vessel may be tied up or secured, or supplies or gear may be placed at or on any such pier or facility. The dock markings shall have the meanings as herein set forth:

a.    Blue markings shall mean vessels tied up or secured for twenty (20) minutes maximum.

b.    Green markings shall mean vessels tied up or secured for three hours maximum.

c.    Black markings shall mean vessels tied up or secured for twenty-four (24) hours maximum.

d.    Yellow markings shall mean vessels tied up or secured for seventy-two (72) hours maximum.

e.    Red markings shall mean vessels shall not be tied up or secured for any amount of time.

f.    Orange markings shall mean the maximum length vessel permitted to be tied up or secured is nine feet.

2.    The Rhine Wharf, adjacent to the Rhine Wharf public pier, shall not be used by vessels for any purpose except with a valid Rhine Wharf permit issued by the Harbormaster, and subject to the following conditions:

a.    Vessels may be tied or secured to the Rhine Wharf for four hours maximum;

b.    The Harbormaster shall have the authority to limit the size of vessels using the Rhine Wharf;

c.    Vessels using the Rhine Wharf shall be in the actual process of loading, unloading or engaged in temporary repairs; and

d.    The Harbormaster may authorize an extension of the four-hour period where special circumstances dictate such an extension.

3.    When dock markings and signs are posted giving notice of the time limits and size restrictions in subsections (C)(1)(a) through (f) of this section, no person shall tie up or secure a vessel at any such facility for a period of time in excess of that period, exceed the maximum permitted vessel length, or permit any supplies or gear to remain on such facility for a period in excess of that posted on the sign.

4.    The Rhine Wharf public pier shall be closed between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. daily.

D.    Vessel Tie-Up Method. Every vessel tied up and secured at any pier in Newport Harbor shall be fastened in such a manner as to assure the security of such vessel fore (bow) and aft (stern) at a minimum with the exception of dinghies which may tie up bow only at public piers.

E.    Direct Fueling Prohibited. No person shall fuel any vessel with any petroleum product directly from a tank wagon or truck.

F.    Gangway Required—Lights. Every vessel used for hire while loading or unloading passengers or crew from a pier or from another vessel shall be provided with a gangway with manropes or railings, and from sunset until sunrise any such gangway shall be lighted adequately to provide visibility as long as such gangway is or may be used.

G.    Dockside Steam Engine Spark Prevention. No person shall use any donkey engine or other steam engine on any pier or vessel within Newport Harbor in loading or unloading vessels or otherwise without a bonnet or spark arrestor attached to the smokestack of such engine so as to prevent sparks from coming into contact with the pier or vessel. (Ord. 2018-17 §§ 25—27, 2018; Ord. 2011-6 § 3, 2011: Ord. 2008-2 § 1 (part), 2008)

17.25.020 Anchorage, Berthing and Mooring Regulations.

A.    Location. No person having charge of any vessel shall berth or anchor the same in Newport Harbor except within the designated areas. Any vessel which is berthed, moored or anchored at a place not designated for such vessel shall be moved as directed by the Harbormaster. In the designation of mooring areas and anchorage areas, consideration shall be given to the needs of commerce, the utilization of turning basins, the use of channels for navigation, and the economy of space. No vessels shall be moored or anchored in any part of any turning basin or channel unless secured both fore and aft except as provided in subsection (I) of this section. Every vessel moored or anchored in any part of the harbor outside of any turning basin or channel shall be so moored or anchored as to prevent such vessel from swinging or drifting into any turning basin or channel.

1.    It is unlawful and a public nuisance for any person owning, leasing, occupying or having charge or possession of any vessel to: (a) berth or anchor the same in Newport Harbor except within the designated areas; or (b) anchor a vessel at any location on the open waters of the Pacific Ocean within five hundred (500) yards of a designated protected swimming area for a cumulative period of time that exceeds seventy-two (72) hours within any thirty (30) calendar day period. The Harbormaster may authorize an extension to the seventy-two (72) hour time limit if the Harbormaster determines that given the particular circumstances an extension of time is reasonable and warranted.

2.    Any vessel which is berthed, moored or anchored at a place in Newport Harbor not designated for such vessel shall be moved as directed by the Harbormaster. In the designation of mooring areas and anchorage areas in Newport Harbor, consideration shall be given to the needs of commerce, the utilization of turning basins, the use of channels for navigation, and the economy of space.

B.    Application of Chapter. The terms of this chapter, as they relate to moorings and buoys, shall apply to “on-shore moorings” which are moorings located landward of the pierhead line and to “offshore moorings” which are located bayward of the pierhead line, with equal force and effect.

C.    Berthing.

1.    Boats berthed at private or public piers shall not extend beyond the projection of the property lines of the property to which the pier is connected in accordance with Section 17.35.020, or any successor section.

2.    Any boat berthed at a pier or slip shall not extend bayward a distance of more than the maximum width of its beam beyond the end of the pier or slip. Between Bulkhead Station 256, beginning at Collins Avenue to Bulkhead Station 255, boats moored at a pier or slip shall not extend more than fifteen (15) feet bayward from the end of the pier or slip or more than the width of the beam of the boat, whichever is less.

D.    Permit Required. No person shall place, erect, construct or maintain a pier mooring or buoy in the waters of Newport Harbor over City-owned or controlled tidelands without first having obtained a permit pursuant to this title.

E.    Unauthorized Use of Mooring. No person shall use a mooring unless he holds a current and valid permit except with the permission of the Harbormaster for temporary use, as herein provided.

F.    Chains and Fastenings.

1.    No person shall erect, construct or maintain any mooring in Newport Harbor unless all chains and fastenings are of sufficient size to stand a breaking strain of at least six times the weight of the mooring.

2.    All mooring lines on buoys shall be so arranged that, when dropped, they will immediately sink. With a double mooring, however, it shall be permissible to connect two mooring lines with a spreader line having floats attached thereto to keep such line afloat when the mooring is unoccupied.

G.    Buoy Markings. Mooring buoys shall be painted with the number allocated thereto by the Harbormaster to the mooring, the numeral(s) of which shall be at least three inches in height.

H.    Maintenance. All moorings shall be kept in good and serviceable condition in the location assigned by the Harbormaster.

I.    Mooring, Anchoring and Vessel Condition Requirements.

1.    Mooring Anchoring. All vessels anchored on the open waters of the Pacific Ocean shall be anchored in such a manner so that the vessel does not come in contact with another vessel or structure. All vessels using moorings in Newport Harbor shall be firmly anchored to a mooring from bow and stern in such a manner as to prevent the vessels from swinging, turning or drifting, except in areas designated by the Harbormaster as single mooring areas. Vessels in single mooring areas shall be tied from the bow. All vessels anchored in Newport Harbor in the designated anchorage area shall be anchored in such a manner so that the vessel does not come in contact with another vessel or structure and does not extend beyond the demarcation line of the designated anchorage area.

2.    Vessel Condition—Seaworthiness and Operability. Vessels assigned to a mooring by permit must be maintained in an operable and seaworthy condition. If, based upon the appearance of the vessel, inspection by the City or other facts, the Harbormaster has cause to believe a vessel is not seaworthy and operable, the Harbormaster shall give written notice in accordance with the service requirements of Section 1.05.030, or any successor section, to the permittee requesting a demonstration that the vessel is seaworthy and operable. The permittee shall, upon written notice specifying the date and time, demonstrate to the Harbormaster that the vessel assigned to the mooring is seaworthy or operable. In the event that the Harbormaster determines that vessel is not seaworthy or operable, the permittee shall: (a) commence repairs within thirty (30) days upon service of the written notice of such determination and complete repairs within ninety (90) days of the commencement unless the Harbormaster, upon written request from the permittee specifying the reasons therefor, approves an extension of time to complete the repairs; or (b) remove the vessel within thirty (30) days of service of the written notice of such determination and request assignment of a different vessel that is seaworthy and operable to the mooring within sixty (60) days after the removal of the vessel. This section is not intended to apply to any brief period of repair common to most vessels. The Harbormaster may repeat his or her request to test operability and seaworthiness as needed.

3.    It is unlawful and a public nuisance for any person owning, leasing, occupying or having charge or possession of any vessel in the City to maintain, permit, cause or allow to exist on such vessel any of the following conditions:

a.    Promotion of a fire hazard, including, but not limited to, improper open fuel storage, deficiencies in the vessel’s fuel storage tanks, inoperable electrical systems, storage of combustible or other flammable material that constitutes a fire hazard to any vessel;

b.    Retention of water that becomes stagnant, unsanitary, or polluted;

c.    Accumulation or storage of rubbish, trash, debris, rubble, containers, and boxes that is visible aboard the vessel or stored inside the vessel in such a way to make the vessel inoperable for its intended use;

d.    Storage or securing a vessel in such a way that it impedes pedestrian travel on City beaches and tidelands;

e.    Contribution to hazards to public safety and health, such as, but not limited to: propagation of vermin, rats, insects, unsanitary conditions from the accumulation of fecal materials;

f.    Maintenance in such nonseaworthy condition that it is unsafe, unsightly or poorly maintained, including, but not limited to: broken windows, unsecured doors and hatches, excessive marine growth attached to the vessel, the vessel is inoperable for its intended use, partially destroyed or partially repaired for more than three continuous months, provides access to marine mammals, is actively seeping hazardous or toxic material into the surrounding waters, and would present a physical danger to public safety personnel during emergency access;

g.    Operation of its mechanical or electrical systems creates excess noise, odors, vibrations, fumes, discharges or emissions that constitute an impact on public health or safety;

h.    Violation of the terms and conditions of other use or rental permits as granted by the City of Newport Beach;

i.    Allowance of repetitive, boisterous or unruly conduct by the vessel operator or occupants when that conduct: (i) is offensive to a person of ordinary sensibility, (ii) continues after a written or oral request to terminate the conduct, (iii) is offensive to a considerable number of people;

j.    Anchorage in an area controlled by the City without adequate anchor(s) rope and chain appropriate for the wind and sea conditions encountered in Newport Bay;

k.    Inability of a vessel on a shore mooring to be self-righting on an incoming tide without flooding the vessel;

l.    Attachment to a mooring in such a way that the vessel regularly drifts and impedes safe navigation in the bay; and

m.    Installation of a marine sanitation device that is not connected directly to an internal holding tank at all times while in Newport Bay.

In the event that the City of Newport Beach determines that a vessel is a public nuisance, the City of Newport Beach may commence public nuisance abatement per Chapter 10.50, or any successor chapter.

4.    If, based upon the appearance of the vessel, inspection by the City or Harbormaster or other facts, the Harbormaster determines that a sea lion has boarded a moored vessel, the Harbormaster shall issue and serve a notice of violation in accordance with Section 1.05.030, or any successor section, and the permittee shall take any and all necessary action to employ and maintain appropriate measures to deter sea lions from boarding the vessel within seven calendar days of the notice of violation. If the Harbormaster determines that appropriate deterrent measures have not been taken within seven calendar days of the notice of violation, the Harbormaster may issue an administrative citation and the permittee shall: (a) take any and all necessary action to employ and maintain appropriate sea lion deterrent measures; or (b) remove the vessel. Appropriate deterrent measures shall be defined as the latest methodology permitted by National Marine Fisheries Service to minimize sea lion boarding of vessels assigned to a mooring.

5.    With the exception of the sea lion deterrence requirements, the requirements of this section are not applicable to vessels used in marine construction or marine contracting services.

J.    Specifications. Specifications for the size of chains required on moorings and weights of moorings shall be adopted by resolution of the City Council.

K.    Inspection of Moorings. Each mooring shall be lifted by the owner for inspection by the Harbormaster at least once every two years and shall be repaired so as to be in good condition before being replaced; provided, that the Harbormaster may require any mooring to be lifted at any time when deemed necessary to assure it is in good condition. If the permittee has such lifting performed by a marine contractor, then the Harbormaster may authorize such contractor to inspect the mooring on behalf of the Harbormaster and certify the results to the Harbormaster in writing. The permittee shall pay the costs of any inspection performed by a contractor on behalf of the Harbormaster.

L.    Rental Not Permitted. Except as authorized in Section 17.60.040(B)(1)(a), or any successor section, no mooring may be leased or rented by the permittee to another person except with the written permission of the Harbormaster.

M.    Administration. The Harbormaster shall administer all provisions in this section dealing with moorings and buoys, except the revocation of permits by the Harbor Commission and collection of all fees hereafter. (Ord. 2018-17 § 28, 2018: Ord. 2013-11 §§ 147—150, 2013; Ord. 2010-5 §§ 1, 2, 2010; Ord. 2009-2, §§ 4, 5, 1-27-2009; Ord. 2009-1 § 1, 1-27-2009; Ord. 2008-2 § 1 (part), 2008)

17.25.030 Storage Regulations.

A.    Vessel or Trailer Storage on Beaches Prohibited—Exceptions. No person shall store any vessel, watercraft, trailer or other similar object on any public beach in the City except as provided in subsection (A)(1) of this section. As used in this section, the term “store” shall mean to leave or permit to remain unattended for a period of two hours or more and not in the possession or control of the owner or user.

1.    Vessels, watercraft and equipment directly related to the use of the vessel or watercraft (related equipment) may be stored on a public beach as follows:

a.    Any vessel(s), watercraft and/or related equipment owned and maintained by the City or its contractors which is (are) used in conjunction with recreation programs offered by the City;

b.    Any vessel(s), watercraft and/or related equipment that cannot feasibly be berthed or moored at a privately owned pier or mooring and is (are) used by a nonprofit corporation for noncommercial purposes provided a vessel storage permit has been approved by the Harbormaster. A vessel storage permit shall be approved only if there is substantial evidence that the permit would not adversely affect the health, safety or welfare of those who use, enjoy or own property near the waters of Newport Bay. Vessel storage permits are subject to the following standard conditions as well as any additional conditions imposed by the Harbormaster:

i.    The permit shall not cause or permit any unreasonable noise that would adversely affect the use or enjoyment of public or private property in the vicinity of the vessel, watercraft or equipment;

ii.    The permit shall not engage in, or permit, any activity that unreasonably interferes with the use of the beach or adjoining waters by the public;

iii.    The permit shall not cause or permit any activity that pollutes any public or private property of the waters of Newport Bay;

iv.    The permit may be revoked by the Harbormaster, without cause, at any time, upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to the permittee.

c.    Any vessel for which a mooring permit has been issued by the City pursuant to Section 17.60.040, or any successor section, provided the vessel remains on the beach only to the extent necessary to load or unload. (Ord. 2018-17 § 29, 2018: Ord. 2008-2 § 1 (part), 2008)