Video: Extreme shoaling on the Oregon Inlet ocean bar

By on March 30, 2018


Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Travis Green from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet describes the extreme shoaling along the inlet’s ocean bar that has become a hazard to mariners.

Continuous dredging has kept the inlet’s channel open from the Bonner Bridge to the ocean bar, but that is where conditions have become treacherous.

The shoaling is the worst in the vicinity of Oregon Inlet buoys 4 and 6, and the Coast Guard is strongly advising mariners to proceed with extreme caution and recommends transit across the bar only during daylight hours at slack-high tide.

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“Mariners need to be aware that the shoaling in this area presents an additional safety risk, and they need to be cautious when transiting Oregon Inlet,” said Lt. Eunice James, chief of the waterways management division for Sector North Carolina. “We will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and provide updates via Broadcast Notice to Mariners announcements on VH-FM channel 16.”

Mariners are encouraged to consult the Local Notice to Mariners 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5 and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District survey site for channel depths at: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Hydrographic-Surveys/.

To report any shoaling, hazards to navigation, or aids to navigation discrepancies please contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-343-3882.

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