Coast Guard sets safety zones for 2012 Boston Harborfest, War of 1812 Bicentennial

BOSTON — The Coast Guard will establish safety zones for June 29 through July 6, 2012, around the Port of Boston in support of the Boston Harborfest and Bicentennial of the War of 1812 events.

Beginning Friday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m., navigation areas and mooring locations will be secured near the World Trade Center, Fish Pier, Reserved Channel and North Jetty. Security zones will be implemented around moored and underway Naval vessals and Tall Ships participating in the scheduled events. Harbor-wide, counter-clockwise 5-knot traffic patterns wil be enforced. Ferries on normal routines are exempt.

The safety zones are scheduled to be enforced until 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 6. For more information on the regulations please view the below resources:

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The commemoration is expected to draw large crowds. With increased vehicle, vessel and pedestrian traffic, visitors should expect and prepare for possible delays. The Coast Guard reminds the public to stay hydrated and protected from the sun.

The Coast Guard reminds operators of vessels carrying passengers-for-hire that they must comply with federal regulations for licensing, drug and alcohol testing, and lifesaving and firefighting equipment. Vessels carrying more that six passengers-for-hire are subject to Coast Guard inspection and certification. Violation of any of these requirements may result in substantial civil penalty.

For maritime emergencies, contact the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center via VHF-FM channel 16 or by phone (617)223-5757.

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