Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Obstructing Navigation

Vessel operators should always be considerate of other vessel operators. Keep in mind that it is illegal to:

Operate any vessel in such a way that it will interfere unnecessarily with the safe navigation of other vessels within a narrow channel or fairway.

Anchor a vessel in the traveled portion of a river or channel in a way that will prevent or interfere with any other vessel passing through the same area.

Moor or attach a vessel to a buoy, beacon, light, or any other navigational aid placed on public waters by proper authorities.

Move, displace, tamper with, damage, or destroy any navigational aid.

Obstruct a pier, wharf, boat ramp, or access to any facility.

Homeland Security Restrictions
Do not approach within 100 yards and slow to minimum speed within 500 yards of any U.S. Naval vessel. If you need to pass within 100 yards of a U.S. Naval vessel for safe passage, you can contact the U.S. Naval vessel or the U.S. Coast Guard escort vessel on VHF-FM channel 16.

Observe and avoid all security zones. Avoid commercial port operation areas, especially those that involve the military, cruise-line, or petroleum facilities.

Observe and avoid other restricted areas near dams, power plants.

Do not stop or anchor beneath bridges or in the channel.