PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard is scheduled to temporarily discontinue six navigational aids in Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, due to shoaling and other navigational safety concerns, Monday.
Heavy shoaling in the vicinity of Little Egg Inlet has progressed, making the waterway inaccessible to vessels with a draft greater than three feet. At this point, the aids to navigation no longer accurately mark the waterway and are misleading to mariners, which can potentially be more dangerous than having no aids to navigation.
The aids to navigation which will be changed are:
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 1105)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 1110 )
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 4A (LLNR 1117 )
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 1120)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 1125)
o Little Egg Inlet Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 1129)
Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) is inaccessible to Coast Guard assets and cannot be removed at this time. Little Egg Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 1115) does not mark safe water.
Mariners transiting through Little Egg Inlet do so at their own risk.
The Coast Guard is responsible for providing navigational systems, information and services that enable safe navigation.
The Coast Guard continues to work with federal, state, and local partner agencies regarding the viability of marking the waterways; however, the respective waterways must be reasonably stable and of sufficient depth for the Coast Guard to safely service the area.
“Temporarily discontinuing the navigational aids is a necessary action,” said Capt. Benjamin Cooper, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “The Coast Guard’s primary mission of the safety of life at sea will always come first for us. Mariners know that the presence of navigational aids signifies a passage should be safe. With the extent of shoaling in Little Egg Inlet, we cannot maintain the aids in the area, and therefore we have to temporarily discontinue them for the sake of safety.”
Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation.
To report any aids to navigation discrepancies, shoaling, or hazards to navigation please contact Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807. The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update mariners as necessary.