Coast Guard halts illegal charter in Haulover Inlet

The 24-foot pleasure craft, with nine passengers aboard moores in Haulover after a Coast Guard Station Miami 45-foot Response boat – Medium boatcrew boarding team conducted a boarding of the pleasure craft discovering multiple violations October 27,2019. Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report from a Miami Dade marine patrol unit of a suspected illegal charter in the vicinity of Haulover Inlet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A 24-foot pleasure craft, with nine passengers aboard moors in Haulover after a Coast Guard Station Miami boarding team conducted a boarding of the pleasure craft discovering multiple violations October 27,2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 24-foot pleasure craft, with nine passengers aboard near Haulover Inlet, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report from a Miami Dade Marine Patrol unit of a suspected illegal charter in the vicinity of Haulover Inlet.

A Coast Guard Station Miami 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew boarding team conducted the boarding of the pleasure craft and discovered the following violations:


  1. Violation of 46 C.F.R. 176.100A for not having a valid Certificate of Inspection.
  2. Violation of 46 C.F.R. 15.515B for not having a credentialed mariner in control while operating a small passenger vessel.
  3. Violation of 46 C.F.R. 16.201 for failure to have a drug and alcohol program.
  4. Violation of 46 C.F.R. 170.120 for failure to have a valid stability letter.
  5. Violation of 33 C.F.R. 25.25 for failure to provide proper personal floating devices.

“Before getting underway, ask to see the captain’s credentials, vessel inspection certificate, and safety plan. Don’t put your life and the lives of your family and friends in the hands of an unlicensed operator,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayisha Loya, Coast Guard Station Miami boarding officer. “The Coast Guard will continue to pursue vessel operators who place the lives of their passengers at risk by not complying with Coast Guard passenger vessel regulations.”

Owners and operators of illegal charter vessels can face maximum civil penalties of $59,000 for illegal passenger-for-hire-operations. Some potential fines for illegally operating a charter vessel are:

  • Up to $7,710 for failure of operators to be enrolled in a chemical testing program.
  • Up to $4,803 for failure to provide a Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection for vessels carrying more than six passengers.
  • Up to $12,007 for failure to have been issued a valid Stability Letter prior to placing vessel in service with more than six passengers.


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