TSA Announces Emergency
Shut Down Of US East Coast Ports
of course, comes as no surprise to us. Good job, Bush.
US Transportation Safety Administration in Washington, D.C. announced
today an emergency declaration to suspend all private vessel activity
from Friday, April 18 through Thursday, May 1st, 2008. The exclusion zones
will include all harbor entrances, fairways and commercial births. The
TSA in conjunction with the US Coast Guard will be installing under water
detection devices in the vicinity of the busiest US Ports to help insure
the safety of commercial shipping and the Port work force.
The TSA took the unusual emergency steps in advance of the traditional
boating season on the East Coast in an effort to minimize the disruption
to private vessel owners and merchants. "Vessels may apply for operational
permits during the exclusion period but must be piloted by registered
boat captains with appropriate documentation and tonnage requirements
for the vessel’s configuration," said Margaret Watkins with the US
Coast Guard office in Baltimore, MD. The Ports affected include but are
not limited to: Boston, Newark, New York, Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston,
Savannah, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans and Houston.