Several places in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway are experiencing shoaling, which can pose a hazard to navigators, Coast Guard officials say.
Shoaling, a shallow place in a body of water, has restricted the “federal channel depths and horizontal clearances” at mile marker 237, the Browns Inlet Intersection in the area of New River, and mile marker 271, the Howards Creek Intersection in the area of New River, according to a press release.
In order to navigate through the areas, the Coast Guard is urging mariners to travel at their “slowest speed and proceed with caution” as there is an increased chance for grounding. Grounding, the press release said, can cause a risk of injury and vessel damage. In addition to traveling with caution, the Coast Guard advises mariners to travel the waterway at high tide and during daylight hours.
As the area will be subject to potential ongoing and quick environment changes, mariners are encouraged to get the latest information at saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigations/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW.aspx and Navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=InmDistrict®ion=5.
To report any discrepancies or hazards to the navigation, call the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-343-3880.