APEC security prompts waterway restrictions
By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The crew of the fishing vessel "Katherine Y" knows law enforcement is serious about security on waterways in and around Honolulu during the APEC conference.
Thursday morning Honolulu police and U.S. Coast Guard officers boarded the "Katherine Y" shortly after it docked at Pier 38. The crew had failed to respond to radio calls from Aloha Tower. The tower alerted police of a possible threat.
According to the Coast Guard the crew did not respond because it was busy dealing with a severed fuel line. The "Katherine Y" wasn't a threat, and APEC planners want to make sure none materialize.
They have begun tightening security in waterways near the convention center and the Honolulu International Airport, and more restrictions near APEC events will be implemented in the coming days.
As of noon Thursday the Ala Wai Canal, from Ala Moana Boulevard to McCully Street is off limits. Paddlers often practice in that stretch of the canal, but Thursday afternoon no one was in the water. Police officers were posted nearby ready to respond if needed.
Boats along the first few rows of docks in the Ala Wai Boat Harbor closest to land are not allowed to leave and come back until late Monday (Nov. 13) night.
"Presumably they don't want us to put any explosives on our boats, bring them back and cause a problem, right? We're fairly close to the hotels. We understand. It's not a big sacrifice. Most of these boats never go out," said Roger Pfeffer, who owns a boat docked in the harbor.
In the next few days boaters, paddlers, and surfers will be prohibited from entering the water off Waikiki (between the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Sheraton Waikiki), the airport's reef runway, and Ko'olina.
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