Notice of Safety Zone for July 4th, 2017

by LTJG Iia Miller
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam

Notice is hereby given of a safety zone being established on July 4, 2017 in Apra Outer Harbor.

The Coast Guard has established a safety zone in support of the Navy MWR Independence Day Celebration Fireworks display from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, 2017. This safety zone will encompass all navigable waters on the surface and below the surface within 190 yards of the fireworks barge located between anchorages B22 and B2

in Apra Outer Harbor in the vicinity of Polaris Point. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created by fireworks display fallout. Entry of non-participant vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port. This safety zone will be enforced from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, 2017, unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port.

Entry of vessels or persons into this safety zone will be prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port by contacting 671-355-4824 or VHF channel 16. When the area has been cleared of safety hazards, the COTP will cease enforcement of this safety zone and will announce that fact via Broadcast Notice to Mariners (VHF Channel

16 and 22A).


Title 33, CFR, Part 165.23 prohibits any unauthorized person or vessel from entering or remaining in this safety zone. Any person entering this safety zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port is subject to a civil penalty of up to $32,500 and/or criminal penalties of up to $50,000 and up to five years imprisonment, or both.


After the Coast Guard analyzed the scope and potential impacts associated with establishment of a safety zone, the Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule to establish a safety zone without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)).

The temporary final rule and resulting restricted navigation area established by this rulemaking relates to the establishment of the safety zone itself (e.g. size, shape, duration). It does not address or regulate the fireworks event.

Even though this rule is being implemented prior to opportunity to comment through the formal rulemaking process, the Coast Guard encourages the public or any interested party to provide comment on the establishment of this safety zone and any potential impact it may have. Comments can be provided by contacting Petty Officer Robin

Branch at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam; telephone (671) 355-4835, email

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