HARBOR HAPPENINGS – JUNE 2017
- The MACY’S 4th of July fireworks display will only have barges placed in the East River this year. For full detail of restricted areas and viewing areas, please check the USCG HOMEPORT website.
- There is still very minor leakage at the CON ED site in the East River, and divers are continuing operations. Speed restrictions will remain in force while clean-up and dive operations are being conducted.
- Noted that the NOAA hurricane forecast now predicts 11-17 named storms are to be expected.
- Noted that there were diving operations in Morris Canal with NYPD doing investigation in connection with the skydiving show death.
- Noted that during the 28 May sailing of a Fleet Week vessel, NYPD chased the linesmen off the pier when lines were only partly released. Security Plans and jurisdictions will be reviewed.
- Various maintenance dredging projects are “in the works”, including: Newark Bay (not yet funded but ready to be advertised) work expected to begin in the Fall; Sandy Hook Channel environmental review planned to commence in Fall; Cheesequake Creek funded for sampling and testing, although actual dredging still not funded; Wards Point testing has been completed, waiting for testing results.
- City Wide Ferry Landing Permits are still under review: Hallets Point under review; Roosevelt Island is waiting on NY State review; and the 2018 routes and the Homeport Navy Yard are expected to be completed this month
- Noted that the Haverstraw Channel is experiencing shoaling and needs to be surveyed and restored.
- The New Bayonne Bridge air-gap sensor is operational on the new roadway.
- The NOAA Navigational Response Teams have started their Hudson River surveying work and will move from the Newburgh area and go South.
- PANYNJ is still in the process of arranging/installing the current meter to be located at Bergen Point.
- NYCEDC is in the process of upgrading the landing at the Brooklyn Passenger Vessel Terminal in order to accommodate larger vessels, and increase resiliency.
- The City Wide Ferry System will hire a harbormaster to coordinate their operations who will be located at their Pier 11 Location.
- The US Coast Guard Vessel Traffic System advised that effective immediately the Navigational Clearance for the Bayonne Bridge has been set at 215 feet.