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

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ACTION:

Notice of enforcement of regulation.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard will enforce the Navy Pier Southeast Safety Zone in Chicago Harbor during various periods from August 1, 2012 through August 29, 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 fireworks events. Enforcement of this safety zone will establish restrictions upon, and control movement of, vessels in a specified area immediately prior to, during, and immediately after various fireworks events. During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter the safety zones without permission of the Captain of the Port, Sector Lake Michigan.

DATES:

The regulations in 33 CFR 165.931 will be enforced from 9:15 p.m. on August 1, 2012 to 9:45 p.m. on August 29, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

If you have questions on this notice, call or email MST1 Joseph P. McCollum, Prevention Department, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI at 414-747-7148, email Joseph.P.McCollum@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Coast Guard will enforce the Safety Zone; Chicago Harbor, Navy Pier Southeast, Chicago, IL listed in 33 CFR 165.931 for the following events:

(1) Navy Pier Fireworks; on August 1, 2012 from 9:15 p.m. through 9:45 p.m.; on August 4, 2012 from 10 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.; on August 8, 2012 from 9:15 p.m. through 9:45 p.m.; on August 11, 2012 from 10 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.; on August 15, 2012 from 9:15 p.m. through 9:45 p.m.; on August 18, 2012 from 10 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.; on August 22, 2012 from 9:15 p.m. through 9:45 p.m.; August 25, 2012 from 10 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. and on August 29, 2012 from 9:15 p.m. through 9:45 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 165.931 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: August 8, 2012.

M.W. Sibley,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-20339 Filed 8-17-12; 8:45 am]

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