The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Juan, Capt. Eduardo Pino, established a 100 yard radius moving safety zone around the heavy-lift ship Zen Hua 7, during her arrival and delivery of two Super-Post Panamax cranes Thursday morning to the Port of the Americas in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
â€œThe safety zone is necessary to reduce navigational hazards and provide for the safety of vessels and personnel in the area by preventing unnecessary vessel traffic during the Zen Hua 7â€™s arrival,â€ said Cmdr. Carlos Torres, Sector San Juan Chief of Preventions.
The safety zone will be in effect upon the Zen Hua 7â€™s transit, beginning at the mouth of the entrance channel (Buoys 1 and 2), to Port of the Americas and is effective until the vessel is moored pierside.
No vessels are allowed to enter the safety zone without express permission from the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Captain of the Port. The Coast Guard will be enforcing the safety zone with the assistance of Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA) and Ponce Municipal Police marine units.
For further information and updates on the safety zone contact 787-289-2041. Mariners should monitor VHF-FM Channel 22-A for Coast Guard safety zone advisory updates.