Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-22-2013
Oregon Inlet is the northern-most inlet in North Carolina and is an important passage for the Outer Banks’ famed charter fishing fleets and commercial fishing vessels between Pamlico Sound and the briny blue. It should be noted that the presence of STRONG tidal currents and constantly shifting shoals over the years have prompted Cruisers’ Net to recommend that this inlet NEVER be used by cruising craft.
NC – CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT TO WIMBLE SHOALS – OREGON INLET – DREDGING
The Dredge ALASKA will be conducting dredging operations in Oregon Inlet from 20 October until 31 December, 2013. Dredge material will be transferred with floating and submerged pipeline to the Pea Island beaches. Dredging equipment will be staged south of Wanchese and offshore north of island “C”. The dredge and assisting vessels Survey Boat SWIFT RUNNER, tugs BOBBY ANN, KAJUN, and LITTLE BRUTUS will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on eachside of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must be remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging projects are usually conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge. Chart: 12204. LNM 43/13