Coast Guard to Enforce Hawaii Superferry Security Zone

HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard is alerting the public to security zones that will be in effect during the transit of the Hawaii Superferry, the Alakai. These security zones are necessary to provide a safe and secure environment for both recreational vessels and the Alakai.

Inside the harbors of Honolulu, Kahului and Nawiliwili, the Alakai will have a circular security zone extending 100 yards out from, and centered on the vessel. The security zone will move with the vessel as long as it is within three nautical miles of the mouth of the harbor. No person is allowed within 100 yards of the Alakai when it is underway or at anchor, unless authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port-Honolulu.

The security zone around the Alakai is activated and enforced whether the ship is underway, moored, position keeping, or anchored, and will continue in effect until such time as the Alakai departs the enforceable area.

Any violation of the security zone is a federal offense and may result in civil penalties; fines of up to $32,500 per violation, where each additional day of a violation is a separate violation, or criminal penalties including imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000, seizure and forfeiture of the vessel, and other administrative sanctions authorized by law.

While the security zone is activated and enforced around the Alakai, persons and vessels are prohibited from entering it without the permission of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port-Honolulu. If authorized passage through a security zone surrounding the Alakai, all vessels shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course and shall proceed as directed by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port-Honolulu or a designated representative.

The U.S. Coast Guard will enforce these security zones and may be assisted by other federal or state agencies to the extent permitted by law.

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