Coast Guard announces East River restrictions, closures for United Nations General Assembly

649194 300NEW YORK — Coast Guard crewmembers are scheduled to enforce security zones on the East River near the United Nations Headquarters beginning Friday.

The security zones scheduled to begin Sept. 25 and end Oct. 4, 2015, include all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge.

East River security zone restrictions:

Zone 1: This zone is always in effect. No vessels within 175 yards of Manhattan between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge in the west channel of the East River. Commercial vessels must check in with the VTS New York (VTSNY) on VHF-FM Channel 12 prior to entering the west channel.

Zone 2: West Channel closure: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 (7 a.m.- 7 p.m.). No commercial or recreational traffic in the west channel of the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge. NYC DEP sludge vessels will not be allowed to transit without 24-hour advance coordination with the Sector New York Enforcement Division.

Zone 3: Full river closure: Sept. 25 and Sept. 28 (Times vary, see restriction/ closure times below) No commercial or recreational traffic in the East River between Eat 35th Street and the Queensboro/ 59th Street Bridge, except commercial passenger vessels on the east channel with the United States Coast Guard Patrol Commander (PATCOM) approval.

Roosevelt Island Bridge openings

1. Vessels that require opening of the Roosevelt Island Bridge must contact the bridge tender at least 15 minutes in advance by phone at, (718) 545-2092 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., or via VHF-FM Channel 13.

2. Planning for this event is ongoing and specific times of the various security zone closures may change. Every effort will be made to keep mariners informed of all changes. Contact VTSNY on VHF-FM channel 12 or at (718) 354-4088 for updates.

3. The Coast Guard PATCOM will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 16.

4. Violations of this security zone are punishable by a $50,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both.

East River restrictions/closure times

Date                            Time                            Zone

Sep 25 (Fri.)                8 a.m. to 12 p.m.            3

Sep 28 (Mon)             7 a.m. to 7 p.m.               2&3 (Zone 3: Times to be determined)

Sep 29 (Tues)             7 a.m. to 7 p.m.               2

Sep 30 (Wed)              7 a.m. to 7 p.m.              2

Oct 1 (Thur)               7 a.m. to 7 p.m.               2

Oct 2 (Fri)                   7 a.m. to 7 p.m.              2

Oct 3 (Sat)                  24 / 7                              1

Oct 4 (Sun)                 24 / 7                              1

NOTE: Mariners can expect full closure of the East River on Sept. 25, and Sept. 28, 2015.

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