Safety Zone reminder


U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs


Introduction

The public is reminded that the Ehime Maru recovery operation takes place in restricted areas to ensure the safety of everyone involved.


Deep Water Recovery and Final Relocation Sites


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a temporary flight restriction (TFR) for the Deep Water Recovery and Final Relocation Site that extends to an altitude of 2,000 feet and covers a radius of 3 nautical miles centered on Ehime Maru's location.
graphic: Safety Zone map
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The U.S. Coast Guard maintains a surface safety zone extending 1 nautical mile in all directions around the vessel working on or moving the Ehime Maru. Any person entering the U.S. Coast Guard surface safety zone without permission of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port is subject to a civil penalty of up to $27,500 and/or criminal penalties up of to $50,000 and up to five years imprisonment or both.


Deep Water Recovery and Final Relocation Sites

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a temporary flight restriction (TFR) for the Deep Water Recovery and Final Relocation Site that extends to an altitude of 2,000 feet and covers a radius of 3 nautical miles centered on Ehime Maru’s location. The U.S. Coast Guard maintains a surface safety zone extending 1 nautical mile in all directions around the vessel working on or moving the Ehime Maru. Any person entering the U.S. Coast Guard surface safety zone without permission of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port is subject to a civil penalty of up to $27,500 and/or criminal penalties up of to $50,000 and up to five years imprisonment or both.


Transit Routes (To Shallow Water Recovery Site and Final Relocation Site)

The TFR and surface safety zone will move with Rockwater 2 as it transports Ehime Maru from the Deep Water Recovery Site to the Shallow Water Recovery Site and from the Shallow Water Recovery Site to the Final Relocation Site.


Shallow Water Recovery Site

The Shallow Water Recovery Site is within the Navy’s existing Naval Defense Sea Area (NDSA). The NDSA extends 3 nautical miles south of the Reef Runway and runs 3.5 miles west to Iroquois Point. The sea area will help ensure the safety of divers and others involed in the recovery operation. Only ships or other craft authorized by the Secretary of the Navy will be authorized in this area. Any person violating the NDSA can be subject to federal prosecution.


Any questions concerning the U.S. Coast Guard surface safety zone can be answered by calling 808-522-8264, ext. 351.

For questions related to the FAA’s temporary flight restrictions the public should call 808-840-6202.

For questions related to voluntary air traffic separation to, from and within the FAA TFR zone for the Deep Water Recovery Site, contact the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point Operation at 808-682-2750.

For questions regarding the NDSA, contact Navy Port Operations at 808-473-0418.
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