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♦ Keep your distance from all military, cruise-line, or commercial shipping vessels! Do not approach within 100 yards. Slow to minimum speed within 500 yards of any large U.S. naval vessel, including any U.S. military or military supply vessel over 100 feet. Violators of the Naval Vessel Protection Zone face up to six years in prison and a $250,000 fine, not to mention a quick and severe response. Approaching certain other commercial vessels may result in an immediate boarding, so keep well away of shipping or cruise-line traffic.

♦ Observe and avoid all security zones. Avoid port operation areas, especially those that involve military, cruise-line, or petroleum facilities. Observe and avoid other restricted areas near dams, power plants, etc. Violators will be seen as a threat, and will face a quick and severe response. For information in port areas, call 1-800-682-1796 or go to www.uscg.mil/safeports/, or check with local authorities.

♦ Do not stop or anchor beneath bridges or in the channel. If you do, then expect to be boarded by law enforcement officials.

♦ Keep a sharp eye out for anything that looks peculiar or out of the ordinary. Immediately report all activities that seem suspicious to local authorities, the Coast Guard, or port or marina security officials. Or call the National Response Center's Terrorist Hotline at 1-800-424-8802. Do not approach or challenge those acting in a suspicious manner.

♦ Always secure and lock your boat when not on board. This includes while visiting marina restaurants or a friend's dock or other piers. Never leave your boat accessible to others. Always take the boat keys with you.

♦ When storing your boat, make sure it is secure and its engine is disabled. If it is on a trailer, make the trailer as immovable as possible.

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