U. S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT
MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN 029-11
DREDGING OPERATIONS AT SHALLOTTE INLET CROSSING
November 29, 2011
Mariners are advised that on December 1, 2011 the dredge WILKO will commence dredging within the confined limits of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Federal Channel near Shallotte Inlet Crossing, North Carolina in Brunswick County. The project is expected to operate twenty four (24) hours per day seven (7) days a week until January 1, 2012.
The Dredge Operator will standby on VHF channels 13 and 16. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage.
All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge and associated equipment. Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will traverse southwesterly along the southernmost shoreline of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Shallotte Inlet Crossing to the intersection of the Shallotte Blvd and thence upland along Shallotte Blvd to the designated fill placement area on Ocean Isle Beach. Pipeline vessels and established crossings will be visibly lighted and marked with floating buoys in accordance with Coast Guard regulations. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the dredge plant.
Contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-3882 for additional information.
Captain, U. S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port
AIWW SHALLOW DRAFT INLET PROJECT
The Corps of Engineers has announced that work on the AIWW Shallow Draft Inlet Project will begin at Ocean Isle Beach in the near future. Contractors for this project have indicated that they hope to begin pumping sand by Monday December 5th. It is anticipated that approximately 35,000 – 60,000 cubic yards of sand will be removed from this area. The material will be placed beginning at Shallotte Blvd and running eastwardly for approximately 800 feet as long as material is available. After this area is completed, if additional material is available it will be placed beginning at Shallotte Blvd. and running westward for approximately 750 ft. The contractor anticipates this dredging project should be completed in approximately 10 days barring weather or equipment malfunctions.