Coast Guard announces Duluth-Superior Harbor security restrictions

DULUTH, Minn. — The U. S. Coast Guard in Duluth, Minnesota is scheduled to establish security restrictions on portions of the Duluth-Superior Harbor on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 20, 2018, as part of President Trump’s visit to the area.

The U.S. Coast Guard will establish and strictly enforce two security zones on northern and central portions of the Duluth-Superior Harbor, including the Duluth Ship Canal, East Gate Basin, and around the Blatnik Bridge. Enforcement times provided are subject to change. The most up-to-date information will be provided via Broadcast Notice to mariners over VHF channel 16.

Security Zone A covers northern Duluth Harbor Basin and will be enforced from 4 p.m. through approximately 8 p.m. on June 20, 2018. Zone A encompasses all waters west of an imaginary line drawn from position 46°46′15″ N., 092°5′31″ W. (near S.W. corner of Coast Guard Station Duluth dock) extending across the water to position 46°46′22″ N., 092°6′14″ W. (near N.E. corner of General Mills Elevator A dock). Additionally, Zone A includes all waters of the Duluth Ship Canal and extends 100 yards into Lake Superior from the breakwall lights. The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and Minnesota Slip Bridge (Blue Bridge) will not lift for commercial or recreational vessels while this zone is enforced.

Security Zone B covers central portions of Duluth-Superior Harbor and will be enforced from 4 p.m. through approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 20, 2018. Zone B encompasses all waters from Interstate Island, under the Blatnik Bridge and north to the southern boundary of Zone A, near the S.W. corner of Coast Guard Station Duluth dock. The southern boundary of Zone B is an imaginary line drawn from position 46°44′45″ N., 092°5′45″ W. (on the northern shore of Connors Point) extending across the water to position 46°45′14″ N., 092°4′33″ W. on Park Point. Mariners should remain south of the green “11” buoy.

See chartlet below for greater detail with security zones outlined in red.

All vessels and persons are prohibited from entry into or remaining in the security zones unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Duluth or designated representative. Vessels already at berth, moored, or anchored at the time the security zones are implemented do not have to depart the zone unless directed to depart by the COTP Duluth or designated representative. All vessels underway within the security zones at the time they are implemented are to depart the zone.

Vessels and persons who wish to request authorization to enter the security zones may contact COTP Duluth or designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16.

A graphic of the Duluth-Superior Harbor Security Zone which will be enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, as part of President Trump’s visit to the area. Enforcement times provided are subject to change. The most up-to-date information will be provided via Broadcast Notice to Mariners over VHF channel 16.

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