OCEAN CITY, NJ – Ocean City has issued a warning to mariners to stay clear of a submerged pipeline that will be in place during the beach replenishment project.
The pipeline, at the north end of Ocean City near Great Egg Harbor Inlet, will be in place for the duration of the project, from early November to some time in January, weather permitting. Ocean City added that the work could coincide with the fall striped bass season locally.
The US Army Corps of Engineers’ $21.5 million beach restoration project is designed to reduce damage from coastal storms. More than one million cubic meters of sand will be pumped to the beach during the project. Read more: $21.5 million to rebuild Ocean City beaches
Mariners are warned to stay clear of dredges, boosters, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating cables associated with dredging and marine construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that floating dredges and pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors can be moved as the dredge advances and the location of submerged pipelines is marked with buoys on either side of the channel. Mariners are warned to strictly adhere to the rules of the inland route when approaching, passing through and leaving the area of operations, and to keep a safe distance from the dredge, thruster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, cables and related equipment . Dredging projects are generally conducted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All fishing nets, crab pots and structures in the general area must be removed before any work begins. A NO WAKE transit is requested from all vessels passing the dredge and, if necessary, to clarify SAFE PASSAGE, contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels.