The Waterways Management Division represents the Coast Guard Captain of the Port by managing activities and the safe transit of all vessels on navigable waters. The Division focuses on maintaining open waterways to support maritime mobility and ensure the effective and efficient flow of commerce. The Division works closely with a number of agencies and port stakeholders; including but not limited to local Coast Guard units, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, county and city representatives, port authorities, and waterway users.
The Waterways Management Division monitors a variety of marine activities and events, such as dredging and marine construction projects, the status of aids to navigation, the removal of hazards and obstructions, and a wide variety of sponsored marine events. These activities, coupled with everyday commercial and recreational traffic can often present potential hazards that require oversight and mediation.
Specific tasks completed by the Waterways Management Division include, but are not limited to: managing the construction and maintenance to local aids to navigation, reviewing construction plans for bridges, drafting and coordinating special local regulations and safety and security zones, issuing Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Local Notices to Mariners and Public Notices, managing the artificial reef program, assisting in tracking and coordinating removal operations of abandoned and derelict vessels within the region, coordinating and facilitating Harbor Safety Committees, managing and upholding applicable Federal Regulations within the region, managing all waterway restrictions and closures so both commerce and the boating public are minimally impacted, reviewing and approving salvage plans and overseeing responses to all groundings, sunken vessels and similar incidents, and assisting in the coordination of government agency working groups for all waterways issues.
The objective of Sector Miami's Waterways Management Division is to safeguard persons, facilities, vessels, the marine environment, and the marine transportation system. The Division consists of one main office located at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, two Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Teams (ANT Fort Lauderdale and ANT Fort Pierce) and one construction tender (CGC HUDSON).
To report hazards to navigation, channel obstructions, and navigational aid discrepancies, please contact the Sector Miami Command Center at (305) 535-4472.
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