Coast Guard urges safety for world’s largest cruise ship arrival in St. Thomas

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Captain of the Port of San Juan, Coast Guard Capt. Eduardo Pino, has established a temporary safety zone for the world's largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, arrival and departure into and from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Tuesday.

Persons and vessels will be prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within the safety zone unless authorized by the COTP San Juan. The safety zone includes all waters contained from the entrance of West Gregerie Channel at red lighted buoy four to Careen Hill.

The Oasis of the Seas is expected to arrive from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The safety zone will be activated when the Oasis of the Seas enters the port and deactivated once it is safely moored. The safety zone will be reactivated during the cruise ship's expected departure at 5 p.m. Tuesday and deactivated once the Oasis of the Seas has left the port.

"We expect a large number of boaters may want to watch the arrival of the world's largest cruise ship," said Pino. "The safety zone is necessary in order to provide for the safety of spectators and other vessels and users of the waterways."

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