Tighter Security Leads To New Requirements For Boaters

CLEVELAND – Because of increased security following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, boaters who travel back and forth to Canada are facing stricter requirements, 19/43 News' Bill Younkin reported.

The government now requires all boaters who are over the age of 13 to register by being fingerprinted and submitting proof of citizenship, photo identification and three identical photographs every year. Children 13 and younger do not need to be present, but must have their birth certificates presented.

The program is known as the Canadian Border Boat Landing Program, or the I-68 program.

The I-68 program allows certain persons who enter the United States by small boat to be inspected once per year, and thereafter enter from time to time for recreational purposes without further inspection.

Boaters who choose not to obtain Form I-68 must report in person for inspection at a Port-of-Entry (POE) upon each entry to the United States or they must report to one of eight 24-hour videophone stations.

The videophone stations in the Cleveland area are:

  • Ashtabula -- Ashtabula City Public Dock
  • Cleveland -- East 55th Street Marina
  • Eastlake -- Chagrin River Yacht Club
  • Fairport Harbor -- Grand River Marina
  • Mentor -- Mentor Lagoons Marina
  • Port Clinton -- Brand's Drydock Marina
  • Sandusky -- Cedar Point Marina
  • South Bass Island -- Put-in-Bay dockmaster's office

I-68 applications will be taken in May at the following INS locations:

  • Burke Lakefront Airport, Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call (216) 522-2265.
  • Feick Office Building in Sandusky, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call (419) 625-2194.