A U.S. Coast Guard investigation has found that a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship breached a Coast Guard Captain’s harbor security zone and caused the cancellation of a SpaceX rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, in Florida, in January.
The Harmony of the Seas took off from Port Canaveral and began its journey to the Bahamas when it entered a safety zone established by the Jacksonville Harbor Master, designed to ensure public safety during the launch of the Cosmo Skymed rocket, without authorization. The launch was ultimately canceled due to encroachment in the monitored launch danger zone, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard establishes and enforces safety zones pursuant to Title 46 USC § 70002 and 70036. When these zones are violated, the Coast Guard may take administrative enforcement action, including fines and/or future enforcement action. ships.
“We are committed to protecting the maritime transportation system as well as finding best practices for managing the intersection of space and maritime operations,” said Captain Janet D. Espino-Young, chief of the prevention division, Coast Guard District Seven.
The second-generation COSMO-SkyMed FM2 mission in low Earth orbit was finally launched on January 31, the day after the incident.
“Withdrawing from today’s launch of COSMO-SkyMed second generation FM2 due to ship in danger zone,” SpaceX tweeted at the time.