PVA Supports Proposed Changes to Chicago Harbor Safety Zone
This week, PVA submitted comments in support of the Coast Guard's proposal to reduce the size of the current Navy Pier Southeast Safety Zone within the Chicago Harbor.
PVA's Chicago members requested the association's support of this proposal, which would reduce the size of the Safety Zone and provide relief to local operators.
Coast Guard proposed this change to allow the Chicago Harbor Lock to remain in full operation during regularly scheduled periodic fireworks displays. As the safety zone is currently configured any vessel use of the Chicago Harbor Lock during the fireworks display is currently prohibited, leading to massive congestion and safety concerns. The proposal works to prevent and relieve that congestion by allowing the lock to remain in full operation during the fireworks display
In the association's comments, PVA President Gus Gaspardo stated, "PVA believes such a reduction is size is appropriate. This action will fulfill two of the Coast Guard's important missions: preserve safety on the waterways and enable and encourage maritime commerce."
PVA's full comments can be found HERE.