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Marine Fire Fighting Seminar, September 12, 2016.
The Massachusetts Harbormaster Association applied for and was awarded a grant from the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts a grant to provide the harbormasters in Massachusetts with marine firefighting training.
Over 100 harbormasters participated in the training the week of September 12th. Four one day classes were conducted in Newburyport (1), Hingham (2) and Harwich(1) by Marine Firefighting Inc.
Small Boat and Marina Fires and Emergency Operations with Small Fireboats.
Photos from the North Shore Harbormaster Chapter
Posted on 29 Sep 2016 by admin
Gloucester Deputy Harbormaster Job Opening
Gloucester, Massachusetts has a job opening for Deputy Harbormaster. For information, see the Job Description
Posted on 17 May 2016 by admin
Gloucester Harbormaster Job Opening
Gloucester, Massachusetts has a job opening for Harbormaster. For information, see the Job Description
Posted on 04 May 2016 by admin
Massachusetts Harbormaster Association Annual Meeting
The Massachusetts Harbormaster Association Annual Meeting will be on
Tuesday, January 28, 2016 from 9am - 2pm at the Black Falcon Terminal,
Short business meeting, special guests - USCG, Environmental Police, DMF and many more Vendors
Massachsuetts Harbormaster Port Security Grant Award
We are pleased to
officially announce the awarding of a Port Security Grant to the
Massachusetts Harbormaster Association of which we, the North Shore
harbormasters, are very active members.
grant is a huge boost to all our harbors/waterfronts and we look
forward to meeting with you in October to determine the security needs
of your communities. A notice will be sent as to the place and time of
encourage you to share the attached notice with your town officials and
local newspapers. Or let us know if you have a local newspaper or
social media that you would like us to contact and we will send along
As stated on this press release the contact person is:
Massachusetts Harbormaster Association Annual Meeting
The Massachusetts Harbormaster Association Annual meeting will be on March 21, 2014 beginning at 9am at the Black Falcon Pier, Boston, MA
Posted on 20 Feb 2014 by admin
Assistant Harbormaster Opening, Town of Plymouth
The Town of Plymouth seeks qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Harbormaster. More information here.
Posted on 06 Apr 2013 by admin
MHA Executive Board Meeting
The Executive Board of the Massachusetts Harbormaster Association will hold a meeting on April 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Weymouth Police Department in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
On the Agenda:
Clerks Report: Approve minutes of February 26, 2013 eboard meeting
Treasurer’s Report and discuss a budget for 2013
Dues for chapters
Committee Reports: MHTC and training reports
Unfinished business: Chapter names
New business: possible grants, spring safe boating events, safe boating classes etc
Posted on 27 Mar 2013 by admin
MHA Executive Board Meeting
Harbormaster Association Executive Board February 26, 2013 Meeting 11:30pm USCG Station Gloucester
The Executive Board of the
Massachusetts Harbormaster Association will hold a meeting on February 26, 2013
at 1130am in the training room of USCG Station Gloucester, 17 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA. with the following agenda;
1/ Chapter Names 2/ Chapter Dues 3/ Massachusetts Harbormaster Training Council
Report 4/ Massachusetts Harbormaster
Association Spring Seminar 5/ Proposed Boating Guide
Information 6/ Continuing and
A lite lunch will be provided by the North Shore
Posted on 20 Feb 2013 by admin
Assistant Harbormaster Opening, Town of Scituate
The Town of Scituate seeks qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Harbormaster. The Assistant Harbormaster performs day-to-day administrative management and coordination of the Town’s maritime enterprises, facilities, services, projects and activities and serves in the absence of the Harbormaster. Salary commensurate with experience. For a copy of the full description go to www.town.scituate.ma.us. Cover letter, resume and three references to Patricia A. Vinchesi, Town Administrator, 600 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066 no later than 2/15/13. Position open until filled. AA/EEO.
Posted on 05 Feb 2013 by admin
Sandwich Harbormaster Position
The Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts has a Harbormaster job opening. Information about this position can be seen here.
Posted on 02 Dec 2012 by admin
MHA Special Annual Meeting
MHA Special Annual Meeting. This will be a short meeting to ratify the MHA By Laws. Thursday June 7, 2012 at 0900 Black Falcon Pier, Boston, Ma *Ample parking on the water side of pier
Posted on 30 May 2012 by admin
Weymouth Harbormaster Position
The Town of Weymouth, Massachusetts has an Assistant Harbormaster job opening. More information can be found on the Town's website on this page.
Posted on 13 May 2012 by admin
Salem Harbormaster Position
The city of Salem, Massachusetts has a Harbormaster job opening - you can learn more here.
Posted on 11 May 2011 by admin
Massachusetts Harbormaster Association Annual Meeting 2011
The Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Harbormaster Association will
be held on April 12, 2011 beginning at 0900 at the Black Falcon Pier in Boston.
can set up from 9am and will have a 5-10 minute time slot to introduce
their product (time during meeting to be determined). There are 2 (two)
options for vendors:
The first option gives the vendor a
Membership (term is one calendar year from the date of the annual
meeting) and a Vendor Display Table at our Annual Meeting (with lunch).
Cost of $200.00. Application form is here.
second option gives the vendor an Associate Membership (term is one
calendar year from the date of the annual meeting), a Vendor Display
Table in a preferred location at our Annual Meeting (with lunch), two
sets of mailing labels for all MHA members, and a link on the
Massachusetts Harbormaster Association (MHA) web site, with prominent
logo display. Cost of $350.00. Application form is here
Posted on 15 Feb 2011 by admin
Red Cross Community Hero
Rosemary Lesch, Community Hero
Residents of Rockport have reason to be grateful to their fellow citizen Rosemary Lesch. One of the town’s two harbormasters, the harbormasters oversees the town’s four harbors and patrol the coastline from Halibut Point to Long Beach. Because it’s a job that can involve rescue work, Rosemary is a certified harbormaster, licensed captain and EMT. As such, she doubles as the head of the town’s Ambulance Department. Her work with the American Red Cross began early in her career first by taking an American Red Cross CPR and 1st Aid class and then joining the local Rockport Chapter of the American Red Cross to become a CPR and 1st Aid instructor. For over 35 years Rosemary has taught the skill of saving a life to all types of people: fellow harbormasters and EMT’s, boy scouts, day care providers, sailing instructor’s, fishermen, young mothers all are encouraged and most of them do successfully complete her 1st aid or CPR class. Rosemary’s goal is to make everyone comfortable with some aspect of saving a life whether it is the actual skill of CPR or being able to call as well as care for a family member or friend in need.
Rosemary’s effort on behalf of emergency training is but one aspect of her community service. She and co-harbormaster Scott Story, have not only provided their own vehicles to save the town money but regularly equip and fuel them at their own expense. And many townsmen have benefited from her off duty as well as official aid. As fellow Rockporter Kristie Ludwig explains: “She is someone you can count on to volunteer for any project, she exudes the same level of confidence and warmth whether she is flipping pancakes for the annual Ambulance Benefit Breakfast, rescuing a lone kayaker off Thacher’s Island, responding to an automobile accident or helping one of our lost tourists”.
We are pleased; therefore, to name Rosemary Lesch as one of this year’s Red Cross Community Heroes.
Posted on 26 Mar 2010 by admin
Massachusetts Harbormaster Association Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Harbormaster Association will be held on April 30, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Lunch will be in the mess hall and harbormasters can purchase what they want, but we are hoping to all sit in a designated section of the dining room.
Vendors can set up from 9am and will have a 5-10 minute time slot to introduce their product (time during meeting to be determined). There are 2 (two) options for vendors:
The first option gives the vendor a Membership (term is one calendar year from the date of the annual meeting) and a Vendor Display Table at our Annual Meeting (with lunch). Cost of $200.00. Application form is here.
The second option gives the vendor an Associate Membership (term is one calendar year from the date of the annual meeting), a Vendor Display Table in a preferred location at our Annual Meeting (with lunch), two sets of mailing labels for all MHA members, and a link on the Massachusetts Harbormaster Association (MHA) web site, with prominent logo display. Cost of $350.00. Application form is here
Posted on 15 Mar 2010 by admin
Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permit
Recreational Saltwater Permit Comes to Massachusetts - Register federally in 2010, but purchase state permit in 2011.
New federal law [Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization of 2006, Saltwater Angler Registry Final Rule - NOAA Fisheries] requires most saltwater recreational fishermen to be documented in 2010. Massachusetts fishermen will be required to register with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). However, recently enacted state law, “An Act Instituting Saltwater Fishing Licenses”, enables MarineFisheries to build and implement a permitting program for 2011 and beyond that will exempt the Commonwealth’s saltwater recreational anglers from the federal registry. The new state law triggers a transition from the federal registry in 2010 to the state’s marine recreational fishing permit program in 2011.
LORAN-C has been Terminated - As a result of technological advancements during the last 20 years and the emergence of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), LORAN-C is no longer required by the armed forces, the transportation sector or the nation's security interests, and is used by only a small segment of the population. Official notice is here.
Rockport and other communities begin the new year with new state
guidelines regarding the standardized training and certification for
The new law, signed into law this week by Gov. Deval
Patrick, comes through a comprehensive bill shepherded through the
Legislature by state State Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester. The measure,
initially filed by Sen. Robert Hedlund, R-Weymouth, had been sought by
numerous regional harbormasters' associations in the state.
Tarr said he sees many benefits for coastal communities arising from the new law.
"Without the structure of this bill, harbormasters
have been doing their best to create training programs on their own,"
Tarr said. "Now they will have a reliable structure and a common
platform to depend on for effective training."
Tarr said he had convened several meetings of
interested parties at the State House over the past two years in order
to develop consensus around the proper mechanisms to finance and govern
harbormaster training, which is required for certification under state
Tarr noted that, while those affected by the bill were
in agreement as to its necessity, regional differences needed to be
"Solid teamwork between legislators and harbormasters
will mean that the municipal personnel on the water will be efficient
and effective, and the boating public and commercial fishermen will be
better served," Tarr said.
Elements of the bill include establishing a training
council consisting of representatives of each region of the state to
design and approve training programs; creating a fund to receive and
administer state and federal grants and fees assessed to cover the cost
of training; and establishing a requirement that all harbormasters
receive the approved training developed by the council.
"By doing this cooperatively, harbormaster training can be far more cost effective," Tarr said.
The measure drew support from Rockport Harbormasters
Scott Story and Rosemary Lesch, Gloucester Harbormaster Jim Caulkett,
and the North Shore Harbormasters Association.
"We are extremely excited that the bill has passed,"
Lesch said. "Thanks to all of the legislators and the entire
Massachusetts Harbormaster Association for the hard work and dedication
directed to the importance of this bill.
"It has been many years of hard work and continuation of efforts to keep training going without the backing of a training bill."
"The harbormasters from the three chapters — North and
South Shore, Cape & Islands — all worked hard and committed their
experience and dedication to seeing this law enacted," Caulkett added.
"(It will) benefit all current and future harbormasters."
Tarr and Hedlund also thanked House colleagues Brad
Hill, R-Ipswich, and Anthony Verga, D-Gloucester, for their role in
advancing the bill through the House of Representatives.
Similarly, they expressed appreciation to Patrick,
whose signature, they said, "reflects his understanding of the
importance of this legislation to coastal communities."
Posted on 01 Jan 2009 by admin
Harbormaster Training Certification Bill Passed
Congratulations to all who
have worked so hard to get the Harbormaster Training Bill 509 passed -
North Shore, South Shore, Cape & Islands and Anne Lynch
and Associates. The bill was signed on December 23, 2008.
The lengthy legal process that marina owners are required to go through when they want to dispose of an abandoned vessel in their yard is about to get shorter, easier and cheaper.
State Rep. Anthony Verga, D-Gloucester, at Brown's Yacht Yard yesterday, pushed legislation which will become law that would aid yacht yards when boats are abandoned. Deborah Hammond/Staff Photo
A bill sponsored by state Rep. Anthony Verga, D-Gloucester, would make it much easier for marina owners to get rid of abandoned boats, a process now mired in paperwork and legal fees.
Abandonment, which marina owners say typically happens when the bill for storage and repair adds up to more than the boat's worth, can cost a marina thousands in disposal and legal fees, not to mention the money lost by having a derelict craft taking up space that a paying customer could use.
But no matter how much of a nuisance an abandoned boat is, a marina operator is bound by law not to touch it until they've gone through a lengthy legal process, Verga said.
"Several marina operators are pushing for this (bill) and they all face the same problem of spaces being taken," Verga said. "It handicaps their business."
Marina owners say that dealing with an abandoned boat under current law is tedious, time-consuming and expensive. Once a marina decides a boat has been abandoned, it needs to acquire the vessel's title to sell or destroy it. That requires the marina to hire a lawyer and file a petition in Superior Court.
Marinas typically need to purge boats every two or three years, as the number of abandoned vessels pile up and take up larger amounts of space.
Jamy Buchanan Madeja, legal counsel for the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, a statewide body that represents marine trades businesses, said that the process of taking ownership of an abandoned boat can be plagued with court delays.
"You're just in Superior Court, which is vastly overworked with other matters," Madeja said. "It takes years. They keep postponing, you're paying a lawyer the whole time. It's all about paperwork. It's never about the owner of a vessel who has an objection."
David Smith, a local maritime lawyer who handles abandoned vessel lawsuits, said that the process under current law can actually be streamlined and done in as little as four months. The filing fee for a lawsuit is about $300 per boat, he said.
Russ Vickers, owner of Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, estimated that disposing of a 30-foot boat costs between $1,500 and $2,000, and legal fees to gain ownership are about the same. And while the process goes through the courts (which, in an extreme case, once took Vickers five years), the marina is losing rent on the space - between $240 and $300 per month for a 30-foot boat.
"The thing is that 50 years ago, maybe lots of boatyards had extra space where they could tuck a boat," said Peter Bent, owner of Brown's Yacht Yard in Gloucester. "In today's world with real estate and taxes, every square inch of land is valuable and that boat's taking up valuable land. We turn people away for boat storage."
According to Smith, the new law will return the process to what it was three or four years ago. Then, a marina owner could simply adhere to a public notification and auctioning process. But then, Smith said, the Environmental Police adopted a new policy that forced marina owners to file lawsuits against the owners of abandoned boats instead.
Under the proposed bill, marina owners could gain the title of an abandoned boat without hiring a lawyer. They would need to go through a public notification process, including contacting the owner of the vessel by certified mail, advertising in a local newspaper and going through a waiting period.
If the owner came forward and a dispute ensued, the parties could go to district court or superior court. District court typically has shorter waiting periods and, therefore, tends to cost less than going through superior court.
Smith said the new law will not be a boon for marina owners. While some boats have value beyond the repair and storage bill, any extra money made from a vessel's sale is held indefinitely for the owner. Under the new law, that money will go into a state fund that later could be allocated for different uses on state waterways.
Madeja said the state is not promising any money; the law would only establish the fund and if money was raised through abandoned vessel auctions, it would be deposited.
The law would also apply to city-owned property on which boats were abandoned, though Gloucester Harbormaster Jim Caulkett said that city bylaws allow it to remove vessels with relative ease and without a court process. Still, he said, after removing upward of 30 derelict boats over the past nine years, he's happy to see a bill addressing the issue.
Because of the nuisance and cost that an abandoned vessel can cause, some marina owners have developed a policy of turning away boats that are in bad shape.
"The good news is that if you've been in business for 35 years, you can try to avoid taking the type of boat that's going to cause a problem," Bent said.
Vickers said he became sensitized to being more discriminating about which boats he took early on, after he readily accepted boats for storage that he "probably shouldn't have."
"I'm much more careful about who we take in for storage now based on the age and condition of the boat," Vickers said.
Not all marinas have the luxury of turning customers away, however.
"Those are the lucky ones," said Madeja. "There are many marinas throughout the state, including city marinas, that can't be so precise."
Verga was unable to give a timetable for the House of Representatives to vote on the bill. It is being reviewed by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
Posted on 06 Feb 2008 by admin
The Ship's Store has been expanded to include Harbormaster Tote Bags and the new Harbormaster Coin, which should be available soon. Have a look!
Posted on 30 Jan 2008 by admin
Massachusetts Harbormasters Association has a new website, with a lot of information pertaining to our association as well as boating in Massachusetts. If you think of anything which has been overlooked, or have suggestions to improve or augment the site, you can use the contact form.
Posted on 30 Jan 2008 by admin
2nd MHA Meeting a Success – Charter Ratified
Boston – (12/12/06) The regular meeting of the MHA held Tuesday
December 12th at the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston was a resounding
success as well as a culinary surprise. All Massachusetts harbormasters
and assistant harbormasters in good standing were invited to attend.
This spirited meeting showed all that Harbormasters can work together
for a common goal in reorganizing the Association Charter and working
for the good of the order. At the same time the entire staff of MHA
officers and executive board committee was returned to office by
unanimous re-election from among 40 members voting.
Joe Gibbs asked president Dave Fronzuto for a show of ideas of what may be on the list for the future.
o Group IV
o Harbormaster Academy
o verbal support
o website and dissemination of information
o survey and feedback