Safety Zone Reminder

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

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

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a temporary flight restriction (TFR) for the deep-water recovery and deep-water relocation sites that extends to an altitude of 2,000 feet and covers a radius of three nautical miles centered on Ehime Maru’s location. The TFR will also follow Ehime Maru as it is moved. Normal FAA flight restrictions requiring air traffic control approval from Honolulu International Airport will exist once Ehime Maru has been moved to the shallow-water recovery site about one nautical mile south of the airport’s Reef Runway.

The Coast Guard maintains a surface safety zone extending one nautical mile in all directions from Rockwater 2. The safety zone will move with Rockwater 2 as it transports Ehime Maru from its current location about nine nautical miles south of Diamond Head to the shallow-water recovery site. Entry into the zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port. Any person entering the Coast Guard safety zone without permission of the 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

The shallow-water recovery site is within the Navy’s existing Naval Defense Sea Area (NDSA). Established in 1942 for the protection of assets located within a military installation, the NDSA extends three 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 involved 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 NSDA can be subject to federal prosecution.

Any questions concerning the Coast Guard safety zone can be answered by calling 808-541-2450. For questions related to the FAA’s temporary flight restrictions the public should call 808-840-6202.

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Revised 8/31/01 at 4:37 p.m. (HST)