INS OARS Videophone Locations For Reporting-in
Courses are through near shore waters ...generally maintaining at least a 12-foot depth at low water datum. INS has no plans for filling in the big coverage gaps along the shorelines of Lake Ontario or Lake Erie.
OARS Videophones provide free docking for the reporting-in process.
To use an OARS Videophone, simply open the doors and the phone will ring at the appropriate INS office. An officer will be able to see you, your passengers and your documents. It is quite easy to use.
To report an inoperable videophone or ask a question, call the appropriate INS POE: St. Lawrence River through Oswego, NY (315-393-0770); Olcott, NY through Buffalo, NY (716-282-3141); All Pennsylvania (412-472-0703); All Ohio (216-522-2265); Mackinac Island, MI (906-632-8822). Locations and telephone numbers are subject to change.
Video Checkin Terminals
Many water-side Customs locations are a day's sail apart, so the U.S. began installing two-say video telephones for boaters entering the U.S. as an alternative to entering at a Customs port. Open the door and lift the handset to talk to an I.N.S. officer ...have the particulars about your boat and passengers at hand. There is a small camera lens that can be used to show documents to the Customs officer who will give you a clearance number which you should record in your ship's log.
New York State
U.S.A Canada checkin
There are also Canada Customs radiophone and joint-border checkin locations for the convenience of boaters from both countries: