Coast Guard Restricts Mariners on Ohio River

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -The Coast Guard has activated the Vessel Traffic Service restricting the mobility of mariners on the Ohio River between Twelve Mile Island, mile marker 593, and McAlphine Lock and Dam, mile marker 606, Wednesday.

The restrictions are due to high water conditions and apply to towing vessels of approximately 26 feet or more in length, passenger vessels certified to carry 50 or more passengers, and recreational vessels 65 feet or more in length. Recreational vessels less than 65 feet in length are exempt from VTS Louisville check-in procedures, but must comply with any directions given by VTS Louisville.

During periods of high water, applicable vessels must check-in and comply with VTS Louisville directions to ensure the safe routing of vessel traffic through the waterway. VTS Louisville broadcasts safety and vessel traffic information on marine band VHF-FM Channel 13 156.650 MHz.

VTS Louisville is activated when the water level at the upper gauge of McAlpine Dam reaches 13 feet and remains activated until the water level falls below that level.

All boaters are reminded to navigate with caution when near locks, dams and commercial vessels, and to always carry and use properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets.

The Coast Guard continues to monitor Ohio River stages to ensure the safe transit of all mariners through the affected area. Additional safety information as well as VTS Louisville User Manuals can be downloaded from the following Web sites:

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