Coast Guard to enforce West Oahu security zone

Coast Guard District 14 NewsHONOLULU — Coast Guard law enforcement officers will enforce a temporary security zone in the waters of Oahu’s western shore beginning as early as Nov. 13. The temporary security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the President of the United States and his official party.

The security zone will be in effect from 11 p.m. Nov. 13, 2011 to 9 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011, unless canceled earlier by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Honolulu, Capt. Joanna Nunan.

The Coast Guard is conducting patrols under the direction of the U.S. Secret Service.

The maritime security zone will create a box extending along the coast 1000 yards to the north of the northern most lagoon at the Ko’olina Resort, to 1000 yards south, along the coast, of Ko’olina’s northern most lagoon to 1000 yards to seaward from both points and then connected with a straight line. The West Oahu Offshore Zone does not include the entrance of Barbers Point Harbor Channel or the four lagoons adjacent to the Ko’olina Resort.

Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 165.33), the temporary law prohibits any unauthorized person or vessel from entering or remaining in this security zone. Any person entering the zone without the permission of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port is subject to a penalty of not more than $32,500 for each violation or a criminal penalty resulting in imprisonment of not more than 25 years, and a fine of not more than $250,000. Offending vessels may also be seized and held liable for any monetary assessments.

Details of the security zone and a map of the restricted area can be accessed at the below links:

Map of restricted area.

Citizens with questions pertaining to the security zone should contact Sector Honolulu’s Waterways Management at 808-522-8264.

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