Coast Guard reopens the Port of Long Island Sound

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsNEW HAVEN, Conn., – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has authorized the Port of Long Island Sound to resume operations at 4 p.m., today.

The COTP is working closely with the port industry, NOAA, Army Corps of Engineers, and Connecticut and New York state agencies to minimize risk as the port returns to normalcy.

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting throughout the port due to the possibility of shoaling and debris. Be aware aids to navigation may be off station and/or displaying improper characteristics and should be considered unreliable. Report all damaged or inoperable aids to navigation to Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at (203)468-4401.

The Coast Guard is strongly advising recreational boaters and commercial traffic to carefully consider any voyage on the Long Island Sound, including local rivers and inlets. If boaters must be on the rivers, they are urged to exercise extreme caution and transit the area at minimum safe speed and be prepared for extensive delays caused by floating debris and unreliable aids to navigation. Boaters are particularly encouraged to limit transit on the rivers to daylight hours. Boaters should also be aware that some marinas may not be fully operational due to significant power outages, so plan your fuel supply accordingly. Even areas where vessel operators might normally find a suitable location to anchor could be unsafe due to accumulated debris, underwater obstacles and heavy currents due to flooding conditions.

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