Coast Guard Installs Temporary Light Buoy at Ambrose Light

NEW YORK-The Coast Guard installed a temporary buoy approximately 300 yards in front of the damaged Ambrose Light Navigation Aid on Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.

The Coast Guard Cutter Willow, a 225-foot vessel homeported in Newport, R.I., installed the temporary light buoy that will remain until Ambrose Light is restored.

“While the actual repair of Ambrose Light is a long term project, the temporary navigation light that the Willow is putting in place will ensure safety standards are in place for all vessels entering New York Harbor,” said Lt.j.g. Kristin Conville, a Coast Guard Sector New York incident management officer.

The Willow is a multi mission vessel that performs Aids to Navigation missions, search and rescue, homeland security patrols and ice breaking missions.

The Ambrose Light is a 76-foot structure that is located about 12 miles southeast of Staten Island, N.Y., and guides ships in the main shipping lanes to New York Harbor. It is located about four and one-half miles outside the shipping channel.

On November 3, the structure reportedly suffered substantial damage to its legs, stanchion and the revolving light which was bent and no longer rotating after it was reportedly struck by The Axel Spirit, a 799-foot tanker ship operated by the Teekay Shipping Company, while it was going to the Chevron facility in Perth Amboy, N.J.

There were no reported injuries or pollution as a result of the collision.

A Coast Guard Ocean Engineer surveyed Ambrose Light by helicoptor and determined that it suffered critical damage.

Coast Guard investigators and members of the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an ongoing investigation regarding all aspects of the incident.

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