Washington DC, Security Zone

Written by Chuck Baier
June 29, 2020

The annual July 4th Celebration at Washington, D.C. is scheduled to occur on July 4, 2020. As described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 165.508, the Coast Guard will establish a security zone (Zone 4), which includes all navigable waters of the Georgetown Channel, Potomac River, within 75 yards from the eastern shore measured perpendicularly to the shore, between the Long Railroad Bridge (the most eastern bridge of the 5-span, Fourteenth Street Bridge Complex) to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge and all waters in between, totally including the waters of the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin. This security zone will be enforced from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on July 4, 2020. Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Maryland-National Capital Region. Persons desiring to transit the area of the security zone must first request authorization from the COTP Maryland-National Capital Region or his designated
representative. Public vessels and vessels already at berth at the time the security zone is implemented do not have to depart the zone. All vessels underway within the security zone at the time the security zone is implemented are to depart the zone when it is implemented. The COTP Maryland-National Capital Region can be contacted at telephone number (410) 576-2693 or marine band radio Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz).

The Coast Guard vessels enforcing this security zone can be contacted on marine band radio Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz). Upon being hailed by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel by siren, radio, flashing light, or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the COTP Maryland-National Capital Region and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while within the zone. The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the zone by Federal, State, and local agencies. Address any comments or questions to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674.

Chuck Baier

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