2/2/2018: Public comment period open on two proposed Saint Lawrence Seaway anchorages

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comment on a proposal to establish two new Saint Lawrence Seaway anchorage areas to be known as Carleton Island Anchorage and Tibbetts Point Anchorage.

Submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2017-1125 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal.Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before May 3, 2018.

The Carleton Island Anchorage would be located just northeast and adjacent to Carleton Island and Millen Bay. The boundaries of Carleton Island Anchorage are presented in the proposed regulatory text at the end of this document. The anchorage would be approximately .75 square miles. Proposed Carleton Island Anchorage is primarily intended for use by up-bound inland or ocean going bulk freight and tank ships, towing vessels and barges that need to anchor and wait for the availability of a Lake Ontario Pilot. Under this proposed rule no anchors would be allowed to be placed in the channel and no portion of the hull or rigging would be allowed to extend outside the limits of the anchorage area.

The Tibbetts Point Anchorage would be located just west and adjacent to Tibbetts Point and Fuller Bay. The boundaries of Tibbett’s Point Anchorage are presented in the proposed regulatory text at the end of this document. The anchorage would be approximately 1.5 square miles. Proposed Tibbett’s Point Anchorage is primarily intended for use by down-bound inland or ocean going bulk freight and tank ships, towing vessels and barges that need to anchor and wait for the availability of a River Pilot. Under this proposed rule no anchors would be allowed to be placed in the channel and no portion of the hull or rigging would be allowed to extend outside the limits of the anchorage area.

Whenever the maritime or commercial interests of the United States so require, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation or their designated representative may direct the movement of any vessel anchored or moored within the anchorage area. The Coast Guard has ascertained the view of the Buffalo, New York District and Division Engineer, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, about the specific provisions of this proposed rule.

Questions about this notice may be directed to Lt. Jason Radcliffe, Coast Guard Ninth District, Waterways Operations, at 216-902-6060, or jason.a.radcliffe2@uscg.mil.

For full details, view the Federal Register Notice.

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