Coast Guard Shifts, Enforces Regulated Navigation Area for USS Gridley

MIAMI – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port here will enact a regulated navigation area around the Navy vessel, USS Gridley (DDG 101), after it departs its current mooring and is moored on the south side of Dodge Island in Miami, starting Saturday afternoon until Monday when the Gridley departs.

The Coast Guard and its state and local partners will continue to enforce the Naval Vessel Protection Zone around the USS Gridley as it transits to its mooring and while it remains at the port.

Any person or vessel seeking to enter or transit the RNA must seek permission from the Maritime Operations Center or designated representative on VHF Marine Channel 12 and may be subject to a security screening by Coast Guard or other law enforcement personnel. Vessel operators must also maintain a no-wake speed while moving through the RNA.

Regulated Navigation Area — The USS Gridley will be docked on the south side of Dodge Island, also know as the Port of Miami, and all non-military vessels operating withing 1,000 yards of the USS Gridley must proceed at no-wake speed and request permission to enter that zone.

Naval Vessel Protection Zone — Non-military vessels within 500 yards of a naval vessel must proceed at no-wake speed and may not come within 100 yards of a naval vessel, whether underway or moored, unless authorized by an official Coast Guard or Navy patrol.

Coast Guard Sector Miami will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners to advise the boaters of the exact time the security zones become effective.

Penalties for Violation — Maximum civil penalty for violation of a regulated navigation area is $32,500 per violation.

Maximum criminal penalty for knowing and willful violation of a regulated navigation area is 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Violation of a NVPZ is a felony offense, punishable by up to six years in prison and fines up to $250,000

The Coast Guard is seeking the cooperation of the boating public and maritime industry in complying with these regulations to maintain the safety and security of the established security zones for this event

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