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Coast Guard halts illegal charter operation in Biscayne Bay

Old 02-11-2019, 02:54 PM
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Default Coast Guard halts illegal charter operation in Biscayne Bay

Source: USCG 7th District PA Office
MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 45-foot pleasure craft Sea You Twerk with 14 passengers aboard Sunday in Biscayne Bay after discovering multiple safety violations.

A https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-7/Units/Sector-Miami/]Coast Guard Station Miam[/url]i 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew conducted the boarding of the Sea You Twerk in Biscayne Bay where they discovered the following violations:
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 176.100A for not having a valid Certificate of Inspection.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 15.515B for not having a credentialed mariner in control while operating a small passenger vessel.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 16.201 for failure to have a drug and alcohol program.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 170.120 for failure to have a valid stability letter.
“It can be very dangerous to take part in a charter that doesn't meet regulations and educating yourself on what to look for to determine whether or not the operation is legitimate can save your life,” said Jesus Porrata, Coast Guard Sector Miami lead marine investigator. "It's important that people looking to charter a boat verify the captain’s license and safety of the vessel."

Owners and operators of illegal charter vessels can face maximum civil penalties of $42,394 for illegal passenger-for-hire operations. Some potential fines for illegally operating a charter vessel are:
  • Up to $18,477 for failure of an inspected vessel to be under the control of an individual with the appropriate Coast Guard license.
  • Up to $7,250 for failure of operators to be enrolled in a chemical testing program.
  • Up to $4,685 for failure to provide a Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection for vessels carrying more than six passengers.
  • Up to $15,995 for failure to produce a valid Certificate of Documentation for vessels over 5 gross tons.
  • Up to $11,712 for failure to have been issued a valid Stability Letter prior to placing vessel in service with more than six passengers.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by PJHoffnet View Post
Source: USCG 7th District PA Office
MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 45-foot pleasure craft Sea You Twerk with 14 passengers aboard Sunday in Biscayne Bay after discovering multiple safety violations.

A https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-7/Units/Sector-Miami/]Coast Guard Station Miami 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew conducted the boarding of the Sea You Twerk in Biscayne Bay where they discovered the following violations:
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 176.100A for not having a valid Certificate of Inspection.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 15.515B for not having a credentialed mariner in control while operating a small passenger vessel.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 16.201 for failure to have a drug and alcohol program.
  • Violation of 46 C.F.R. 170.120 for failure to have a valid stability letter.
“It can be very dangerous to take part in a charter that doesn't meet regulations and educating yourself on what to look for to determine whether or not the operation is legitimate can save your life,” said Jesus Porrata, Coast Guard Sector Miami lead marine investigator. "It's important that people looking to charter a boat verify the captain’s license and safety of the vessel."

Owners and operators of illegal charter vessels can face maximum civil penalties of $42,394 for illegal passenger-for-hire operations. Some potential fines for illegally operating a charter vessel are:
  • Up to $18,477 for failure of an inspected vessel to be under the control of an individual with the appropriate Coast Guard license.
  • Up to $7,250 for failure of operators to be enrolled in a chemical testing program.
  • Up to $4,685 for failure to provide a Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection for vessels carrying more than six passengers.
  • Up to $15,995 for failure to produce a valid Certificate of Documentation for vessels over 5 gross tons.
  • Up to $11,712 for failure to have been issued a valid Stability Letter prior to placing vessel in service with more than six passengers.
Good for them,

Burn them all!
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:19 PM
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One down, like another 1000 to go.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:25 PM
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Good job CG.....
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Got pulled over this past summer going out of Clearwater Pass with a bunch of friends on my boat.

Local water cop with two coasties on board. One was a total dick at first. Once he determined I wasn't a charter he simmered down.

Asked if all of these people on board were my friends. I said yes except for that guy and pointed to my closest buddy.

He then asked if anyone paid to be on the boat today? I said you should have been at the gas dock this morning...they all scattered like roaches when the light comes on!

He lightened up and made few jokes himself. Said they were cracking down on illegal boat charters out of Clearwater, Had busted two that day alone!
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haulover sandbar... Typical summer weekend
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Keep putting up the Youtube videos. Social Media is your friend.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by martian171 View Post
One down, like another 1000 to go.
More like 10,000 to go. How about all those guys who ask for gas money?
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
More like 10,000 to go. How about all those guys who ask for gas money?
The ones who ask the wrong way are on the list. They have been watching around my area for the last 6 months for illegal charters. They have even been coming in the marina snooping around.

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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
The ones who ask the wrong way are on the list. They have been watching around my area for the last 6 months for illegal charters. They have even been coming in the marina snooping around.
Is it that bad on the west coast? Is it mostly illegal fishing charters or cruising/party?

On the east coast, I'd imagine is more cruising/party than fishing.
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Our coastie told us it was party boats taking people out to the island, dolphin watch, etc.
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You would think with all the money they saved in not getting a license they would be able to at least afford a decent camera. I'd even take a gopro over this flip phone video
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I’m extremely saddened that there are no drug charges in that list. How are you going to run an illegal charter called Sea You Twerk and not have cocaine on board, what a half assed operation...
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Originally Posted by signmansez View Post
Our coastie told us it was party boats taking people out to the island, dolphin watch, etc.
Yep, my neighbor had his 6 pack license and a 38' sailing cat and did a lot of charters. He'd did more late morning/early afternoon departures where they would motor out the inlet and then do a big loop of a couple of miles under sail and back into the inlet and home late afternoon than he did sunset cruises. I didn't realize there was a whole network of 6 pack charter guys out there that leave from their personal docks and are quite active, not all are coast guard compliant/licensed. I went out with him a couple of times and the whole time through the inlet he's pointing out to me who was doing what kind of charter and where they leave from, etc...... He knew everyone and it there were almost as many "charter" boats was there were recreational. You expect the larger, commercial looking vessels to be complaint/licensed, but these were recreational looking boats from big sailing cats to small bay boats with 2-3 guys on board to go fishing.
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I’m extremely saddened that there are no drug charges in that list. How are you going to run an illegal charter called Sea You Twerk and not have cocaine on board, what a half assed operation...
LOL! Read my mind
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More like 10,000 to go. How about all those guys who ask for gas money?
Having sat through the CG workshop regarding OUPV & Bareboat charters I can tell you that splitting expenses amongst friends is not considered a charter.
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Having sat through the CG workshop regarding OUPV & Bareboat charters I can tell you that splitting expenses amongst friends is not considered a charter.
I always heard if they offer cash, is different then if you specify a fee that must be paid. I would bet that fee would exceed the amount of fuel used and most onboard arent friends in the example I was reffering to.
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Boat Setter has really made things much crazier than they were around here... Not hating on the business strategy though...
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All they have to do is look at the Airbnb "experiences." Booze cruise, sand bar day, fishing Miami, etc.
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