Hatteras Inlet lies well off the Waterway, on the eastern edge of Pamlico Sound. This narrow, unstable seaward passage cuts the southern reaches of Hatteras Island and the northern strands of Ocracoke Island. We have had Navigation Alerts posted in this inlet for some time (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=76962) and this dredging project is very welcome news. Even with the dredging, we still advise that no one attempt to make use of this inlet channel without very specific local knowledge!
NC – CAPE HATTERAS – HATTERAS INLET CHANNEL/SOUTH FERRY TERMINAL – DREDGING
The Dredge RICHMOND continues dredging operations in the Hatteras Inlet Channel and South Ferry Channel through 25 March, 2013. Chart 11555.
NC – CAPE HATTERAS – CAPE HATTERAS INLET CHANNEL – DREDGING
The Dredge Richmond will be conducting dredging operations in the Cape Hatteras Inlet Channel from Hatteras Inlet Channel Daybeacon 23 (LLNR 28775) to Hatteras Inlet Channel Lighted Buoy 9 (LLNR 28724) from 12 December, 2012 until 01 March, 2013. The dredge 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 each side 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 and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. Chart: 11555.