U.S. Coast Guard Concludes Investigation of Rocket Launch Safety Zone Violation in Port Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // May 17, 2022
Cosmo Skymed rocket launch canceled due to Harmony of the Seas encroachment
US COAST GUARD: Harmony of the Seas entered an established safety zone, designed to ensure the safety of the public during the Cosmo Skymed rocket launch, without proper authorization.
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The U.S. Coast Guard has concluded its investigation regarding the cruise ship Harmony of the Seas’ unauthorized entry into a safety zone established by the Captain of the Port of Jacksonville on January 30, 2022.
The Coast Guard establishes and enforces safety zones in accordance with Title 46 U.S.C. § 70002 and 70036.
When these zones are violated, the Coast Guard may pursue administrative enforcement actions. Such actions may include monetary fines and or future vessel control actions.
According to Coast Guard officials, the Harmony of the Seas’ crew got underway from Port Canaveral and began voyaging toward the Bahamas.
Harmony of the Seas entered an established safety zone, designed to ensure the safety of the public during the Cosmo Skymed rocket launch, without proper authorization.
The launch was ultimately canceled due to the encroachment into the surveilled launch hazard area.
“We are committed to protecting the maritime transportation system as well as finding the best practices to manage the intersection of space and maritime operations,” said Capt. Janet D. Espino-Young, prevention division chief, Coast Guard District Seven.
Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas offers innovations such as the tallest slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss as well as the Perfect Storm water slides and Splashaway Bay, a children’s water park.
The ship hosts 6,687 passengers in 2,747 cabins with a crew of 2,100.