Coast Guard maintains safety zone for barge carrying giant cranes

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard maintained a safety zone for a barge, carrying three 253-foot cranes, that transited narrowly under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges en route to the Port of Oakland Tuesday morning.

The barge, from China, transited safely under the bridges with support of the local law enforcement, tug boats, pilot services and Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Safety.

Coast Guard Station San Francisco provided the safety zone in the form of two 25-foot response boats, which ensured local mariners didn’t present a safety concern or hazard to navigation for the barge.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners to adhere to navigation rules and always operate your vessel defensively, being mindful that larger vessels carrying a significant load are very restricted in their maneuverability.

Coast Guard maintains safety zone for barge carrying cranes.

SAN FRANCISCO – Crewmen aboard a 25-foot response boat, from Coast Guard Station San Francisco, stand watch while maintaining a safety zone for a barge carrying three 253-foot-tall cranes March 16, 2010. Two response boats from the station ensured mariners didn’t present a hazard to navigation for the barge that narrowly passed under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson

Coast Guard Maintains Safety Zone for barge carrying cranes.

SAN FRANCISCO – Seaman Diana Milian, of Coast Guard Station San Francisco, stands watch aboard a 25-foot response boat while maintaining a safety zone around a barge carrying three 253-foot-tall cranes March 16, 2010. Two response boats from the station ensured mariners didn’t present a hazard to navigation for the barge that narrowly passed under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson

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