Coast Guard scheduled to establish safety and security zones for LA Fleet Week

An illustration of the security zone established for Los Angeles Fleet Week. The Captain of the Port establishes security zones during high-profile events to minimize hazards to port operations. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

An illustration of the security zone established for Los Angeles Fleet Week. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish temporary safety and security zones in the Port of Los Angeles, which begin Tuesday, and end September 3, to provide for the safety and security of Fleet Week participants and spectators.

The Captain of the Port is enforcing a temporary security zone in the Port of Los Angeles main channel that will encompass all navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor. During the enforcement period, vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through or remaining within the temporary security zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or her designated representative. Enforcement of the zone will be advertised via broadcast notice to mariners.

In addition to the temporary security zone, the Captain of the Port is enforcing the Pacific Area Naval Vessel Protection Zone (NVPZ) within the Port of Los Angeles entrance and main channel Tuesday through September 3. This NVPZ will encompass all navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor within a 100-yard radius of U.S naval vessels (greater than 100 feet in length) which are underway, anchored or moored within the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In addition, vessels shall operate at minimum safe speed within a 200-yard radius of U.S. naval vessels (greater than 100 feet in length). U.S. naval vessels are defined as any vessel owned, operated, chartered or leased by the U.S. Navy.


A temporary safety zone will be established from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. August 31 to September 2, to provide for the safety of all waterway users during the Coast Guard aviation and waterborne asset demonstration for LA Fleet Week. The enforcement of the temporary safety zone will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day and will be advertised via broadcast notice to mariners.

“The safety of Fleet Week participants and spectators is a top priority,” said Lt. Cmdr. John Suckow, the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach chief of incident management. “The established security zone will protect our naval assets and will provide for a beneficial opportunity to work alongside the Coast Guard’s partner agencies to keep the people of Los Angeles safe.”

Entering or operating in the temporary safety or security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port of Los Angeles. People desiring to transit the temporary safety or security zone must first obtain authorization from the COTP or her designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, call (310) 521-3801 or use marine-band radio via VHF-FM channel 16.

More information can be found in the local notice to mariners by contacting the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command duty officer through VHF channel 16 or by dialing (310) 521-3801.

An illustration of the safety zone established for the 2018 Los Angeles Fleet Week that will be enforced during the loading and transit of pyrotechnics Aug. 31, 2018. The Captain of the Port establishes security and safety zones during high-profile events to minimize hazards to port operations. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

An illustration of the security zone established for Los Angeles Fleet Week. The Captain of the Port establishes security zones during high-profile events to minimize hazards to port operations. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.


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