2015 New York Safe Boating - 84
Your Role In Keeping Our Waterways
Safe, And Secure.
Be observant, and report all activities that seem suspicious
to the local authorities, the US Coast Guard, or the port or
marina security. Do not
approach or challenge
those acting in a suspicious
Keep at least 100 yards away from all military, cruise-line, or
commercial shipping. Approaching certain commercial boats
may result in an immediate boarding.
Slow to minimum
speed within 500
yards of any U.S. naval boat, including
any U.S. military or
military supply boat
and proceed as directed by the Commanding Officer or
the official patrol.
Violations of the Naval Boat Protection
Zone are a felony
by up to 6 years in
prison and/or up to
$250,000 in fines.
* Suspicious persons near
bridges or high security
areas on or near the water.
* Individuals establishing
roadside stands near marinas or other waterfront
* Unknown persons
photographing or creating
diagrams of such things as
the underside of bridges,
the area around nuclear
power plants, and waterfront facilities near what
might be high-risk boats.
If you need to pass
within 100 yards of
a U.S. naval boat in order to ensure a safe passage in accordance with the Navigation Rules, you must contact the U.S.
naval boat or the US Coast Guard escort boat on VHF-FM
* Unknown or suspicious persons loitering for extended periods of time in waterfront areas. Suspicious
persons renting or attempting to procure or "borrow"
* Suspicious venders attempting to sell/deliver merchandise or drop off packages in waterfront areas.
Observe and avoid all security zones. Avoid commercial port
operation areas, especially military, cruise-line or petroleum
facilities. Observe and avoid other restricted areas near dams,
power plants, etc. Do not stop or anchor beneath bridges or
in the channel. Violators will be perceived as a threat, and will
face a quick, determined and severe response.
If you observe suspicious behavior on or near the waterfront,
contact local law enforcement or the US Coast Guard immediately! For more information on how you can help, go to