Coast Guard establishes new regulated navigation area in East River

NEW YORK – U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York has established a new regulated navigation area along the East River between the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges, Wednesday, where previously a safety zone was in effect.

The Coast Guard continues to work with Con Edison and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in response to the Brooklyn dielectric oil spill.

A new regulated navigation area (RNA) has been established and will be enforced on the Manhattan side (half) of the river in the area between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge. All vessels transiting this area are required to maintain bare steerage and create no wake from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., each day. These new restrictions are being broadcast to mariners hourly on channel 22-Alpha and will be enforced by the Coast Guard.

A RNA is a designated area in a body of water restricting vessel movements with force of law. Violation of an RNA is a federal offense with a significant fine as a potential consequence.

The safety zone is still in effect, and spans the Brooklyn side of the East River from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Williamsburg Bridge. Within this safety zone no vessel may enter, remain in or transit through unless the vessel’s master has received specific permission from the Captain of the Port or his designated representatives.

The latest restrictions on vessel movements are to ensure that a variety of remedial actions in response to the spill can be safely carried out by personnel from the Coast Guard, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Con Edison and its clean-up contractors. These operations include professional diving operations, site surveys, boom maintenance and other remedial actions.

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