Mariners: “Use Extreme Caution” Near the Bridge

Today’s Local Notice to Mariners included the three-month dredging period, and extensive warnings re construction equipment:

“Numerous units of floating construction equipment will be operating in waterway north of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge,” the report — posted under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website  — said.

“Equipment will include crew boats, tugboats, barge mounted cranes and barges. Work to construct an access trestle and cofferdams north of the Tappan Zee Bridge extending 1,040 feet west from the Westchester shoreline will continue through November 2013.”

Local Notice to Mariners warns of floating construction equipment during the bridge replacement project.

Local Notice to Mariners warns of floating construction equipment during the bridge replacement project.

Citing the temporary fixed platforms, it warned, “Floating equipment necessary for portions of this phase (dredging and pile load test program) include barge mounted cranes, material barges, work boats, and tugboats that will occupy the channels, east and west and adjacent to the main navigation channel,” and noted the four equipment moorings near the Rockland shoreline.

The following was highlighted:

“When transiting the area mariners should stay clear of these locations by a minimum of 1000 feet. Mariners are advised to transit the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area in the vicinity of the Tappan Zee Bridge, paying particular attention to vessel movement and future notices.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

2 comments so far

  1. Jim Gibbons on

    I hope the pleasure boat operators will heed this, and that the information is posted at every local marina. Drinking and boating don’t mix, as it was proven the other week.

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  2. nykeypad on

    Thanks, Jim, I do, too. The Local Notice to Mariners is posted and distributed weekly, however project officials have been advising all boaters for months that the area will become more populated with construction equipment. Additionally, boaters are required to comply within the existing 25-yard restricted zone warnings posted on all bridge structures.


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