Coast Guard, partner agencies to enforce Kahului security zone

HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard, along with federal, state and county law enforcement agency partners, will enforce both a moving and a fixed security zone during transits of the Hawaii Superferry, the Alakai, to Kahului, Maui, beginning Dec. 6.

These security zones are necessary to provide a safe and secure environment for the citizens of Maui, the Alakai and the Alakai’s crew and passengers.

The moving security zone extends 100 yards around the Alakai and is activated whenever the Alakai is anywhere within three nautical miles of the Kahului Harbor entrance. This zone moves with the vessel and remains in effect around the vessel even when the vessel is moored, anchored, or station-keeping (idle). No one is permitted within this moving security zone at any time while the zone is activated.

The fixed security zone will be activated one hour before the Alakai’s arrival into Kahului Harbor and will be deactivated 10 minutes after the Alakai’s departure from the harbor and includes the following: all of the waters of Kahului Harbor except a designated shoreline access area (which is described in the paragraph below); Pier No. 2 in Kahului Harbor; the eastern and western breakwaters at the entrance to the harbor; and waters leading to the harbor approaches.

The shoreline access area includes all waters enclosed by straight lines connecting the following points: the southwestern base of Maui Pier No. 2 to buoy “12”; buoy “12” to buoy “10”; and buoy “10” and the nearest shoreline point. This area is not part of the security zone.

Both security zones will be in effect when the Alakai is approaching and in Kahului Harbor. No person or vessel may enter or remain in a security zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port, Honolulu, or his designated representative. Even if granted permission by the Captain of the Port, Honolulu, to enter the fixed security zone, no one may at any time enter the moving (100 yard) security zone around the Alakai while such a zone is activated.

Any violation of either security zone is a federal felony offense and may result in criminal sanctions including imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000; civil penalties of up to $32,500 per violation, with each occurrence constituting a separate violation; and seizure and forfeiture of any vessel, including a surfboard, used in furtherance of a criminal violation.

Persons who desire to transit through the fixed security zone while it is activated may contact the Captain of the Port, Honolulu, at (808) 927-0865, or on VHF channel 12.

The U.S. Coast Guard will enforce these security zones and may be assisted by other federal, state and county agencies to the extent permitted by law.

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