Safety Zone Established on Neuse River for New Bern Tercentennial Celebration

NEW BERN, N.C. – The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone Saturday on the waters of the Neuse River in support of the New Bern, N.C., Tercentennial Celebration.

A city sponsored Civil War naval bombardment re-enactment on the river will include the 62’ Skipjack Ada Mae, the 72’ Gaff Rigged Schooner Jeanie B, and the 58’ Brigantine Meka II. The sailing vessels will be under sail and firing black powder cannons within the confines of the safety zone.

Due to their limited maneuverability and draft, the event vessels are restricted to within 200 yards of the main channel. The safety zone will be enforced from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 8, 2010. The limits of the safety zone will encompass all the waters of the Neuse River bound by the following points; Onshore at New Bern in approximate position 35°06’12”N; 077°02’12”W thence to 35°05’52”N; 077°02’15”W thence to 35°05’49”N; 077°01’49”W thence to 35°06’17”N; 077°01’48”W thence to 35°06’21”N; 077°02’06”W.

The safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the participating vessels, crews, spectators, sponsor vessels, and other users and vessels of the waterway. Persons and vessels will be prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or a designated representative.

To seek permission to transit the area, mariners can contact Sector North Carolina at telephone number 252-247-4570.

Mariners should exercise extreme caution when transiting the area and maintain the appropriate safe speed in order to minimize wake.

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