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Safety Zone; Chicago Harbor, Navy Pier East, Chicago, IL

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ACTION:

Notice of enforcement of regulation.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard will enforce the Navy Pier East Safety Zone in Chicago Harbor at various times from May 20, 2012 through July 15, 2012. This action is necessary and intended to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters of the United States immediately prior to, during, and immediately after a fireworks display and several match boat race events. This rule will establish restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in a specified area immediately prior to, during, and immediately after Chicago Match Race events. During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter the safety zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan.

DATES:

The regulations in 33 CFR 165.933 will be enforced at various times between 9:00 p.m. on May 20, 2012 through 8:00 p.m. on July 15, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

If you have questions on this notice, call or email BM1 Adam Kraft, Prevention Department, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI at 414-747-7154, email Adam.D.Kraft@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone; 33 CFR 165.933—Chicago Harbor, Navy Pier East, Chicago, IL for the following events:

(1) Navy Pier Fireworks; on May 20, 2012 from 9:00 p.m. through 11:00 p.m.

(2) Chicago Match Race; on June 1, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.; on June 2, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.; on June 3, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.; on July 11, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.; on July 12, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.; on July 13, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.; and on July 14, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.

All vessels must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan, or his or her on-scene representative to enter, move within or exit the safety zone. Vessels and persons granted permission to enter the safety zone shall obey all lawful orders or directions of the Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan, or his or her on-scene representative. While within a safety zone, all vessels shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course.

This notice is issued under authority of 33 CFR 165.933 Safety Zone, Chicago Harbor, Navy Pier East, Chicago IL and 5 U.S.C. 552 (a). In addition to this notice in the Federal Register, the Coast Guard will provide the maritime community with advance notification of these enforcement periods via broadcast Notice to Mariners or Local Notice to Mariners. The Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan, will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners notifying the public when enforcement of the safety zone established by this section is suspended. If the Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan, determines that the safety zone need not be enforced for the full duration stated in this notice, he or she may use a Broadcast Notice to Mariners to grant general permission to enter the safety zone. The Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan, or his or her on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF Channel 16.

Dated: April 9, 2012.

C.W. Tenney,

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan, Acting.

[FR Doc. 2012-10478 Filed 4-30-12; 8:45 am]

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