Coast Guard To Begin Removal of Buoys in Oregon Inlet

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Buoys 32 – 37 in Oregon Inlet Channel, N.C., are scheduled for removal by the Coast Guard by the end of the week due to heavy shoaling.

Water depths in this part of the channel have become too shallow and dynamic for Coast Guard buoy tenders to safely operate.

Range 6A serves as an alternate route connecting Oregon Inlet Channel to Old House Channel and is maintaining a depth of 10 feet. Using range 6A instead of range 6 introduces a very minor delay in transit.

The Army Corps of Engineers has conducted surveys which confirmed reports of severe shoaling in Range 6. The floating aids to navigation marking range 6 will be removed no later than Friday, May 18 and lateral dayboards on structures will be replaced with “WARNING” dayboards, denoting unsafe passage for boaters.

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