Coast Guard establishes security zone for presidential railway tour

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard will establish a temporary security zone in designated waters in Maryland and the District of Columbia on Jan. 17, 2009, for a scheduled railway transit by high-ranking government officials.

Effective 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2009, the security zone will include portions of the navigable waters of the Northeast, Susquehanna, Bush, Gunpowder, Back, and Anacostia Rivers in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The zone will extend 500 yards in all directions from all Amtrak railroad lines, which cross the waterway or are adjacent to the shoreline. Additionally, all navigable waters of the Inner and Northwest Harbors, west of Broadway Pier in Fells Point, will be included in the zone.

During the implementation of the security zone, entry into secure areas is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Baltimore. Vessels already at berth, moored or at anchor in the secure areas at the time the security zone is implemented may be required to depart the area. All vessels underway within this zone at the time it is implemented will be required to depart the zone.

To seek permission to transit the area, the Captain of the Port of Baltimore can be contacted at telephone number (410) 576-2693 or via Marine Band Radio, VHF-FM channel 16.

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