Miller Boat Line, Inc. is subject to new federal regulations under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, which became effective July 1, 2004 . Miller Boat Line has implemented a vessel and security plan that may affect your visit to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island . Under low security levels, safety is still a greater concern than security. However, many of the new security requirements also enhance your safety. Please review the following information for ways to make your visit as smooth, safe and secure as possible.
Q: How are passengers with carry-on luggage affected?
A: Miller Boat Line is required to screen passengers and luggage at random at varying levels depending upon the United States Coast Guard alert status. Our goal is to make it as simple and easy as possible to prevent any delays to your trip. Your cooperation and understanding is sincerely appreciated.
Q: How are vehicles affected by the new regulation?
A: United States Coast Guard security regulations require that a random number of vehicles are searched before driving onto a vessel. You may be asked by security personnel to show your driver’s license and to make the trunk or storage areas available for view. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.
Q: Can we still send our unaccompanied baggage or vehicles on the vessel?
A: At low alert levels, there are cursory requirements for sending unaccompanied baggage and vehicles. At higher levels, your baggage and vehicle may be subject to search and transit restrictions.
Q: Are permitted weapons allowed to be carried onboard?
A: No concealed weapons are allowed on Miller Boat Line vessels. Permitted weapons must be carried in a vehicle and be properly stowed in either the trunk or locked in the glove compartment. This policy will allow for safe transit under the guidelines of the Maritime Security Regulations.
Q: Part of the pleasure of visiting the islands is the relaxed atmosphere. Will that change?
A: The most important goal for Miller Boat Line is to transport you to and from the islands as safely as possible. Restricting public access along the docks will help us monitor your safety and note any unusual activities. In most circumstances, you should not see any imposition on your time and transit. Regulations are very clear, however, that the vessel captain has final authority to ensure the safety of his vessel and passengers. This includes the right to deny access to any individual or individuals for the sake of that vessel and others.
For more information on the Maritime Security Regulations, follow this link:
United States Coast Guard