Boaters are advised to be careful while navigating construction areas between now and the end of September.
DANA POINT—Dana Point Boaters Association shared a release from Connolly-Pacific Co. asking boaters to be cautious during a marine construction phase near San Clemente Pier. The construction, which was scheduled to begin on July 5, will run through the end of September 2019.
According to the release, “Connolly-Pacific Co. will be offshore of the San Clemente Pier performing rock placement and tug operations on the Wheeler North Reef.” A diagram was included showing the locations where the work will be taking place. A copy of the release can be found online at danapointboaters.org in the documents section.
The statement further reads, “Please avoid crossing areas where workboats, barges, and derrick barge are present, and be aware of offshore moorings … When transiting the area, use caution and remain outside of the anchor spread, that is, always put the anchor buoys between your vessel and the derrick barge.”
Boaters are advised not to cross the tow wire of tug and tow vessels; barges and these working vessels will be marked by a diamond shape.
During the height of boating season in Southern California, it’s essential to adhere to the rules of the road. Even expert boaters can run into emergency situations on the waterways and there is never a better time than now to refresh by taking a boating safety course. California’s Boating and Waterways Division, for instance, has an easy to follow pamphlet titled “ABCs of California Boating,” which can be accessed online at bit.ly/2Lq6QPm. Just a few of the necessary information covered within includes updates about the California Boater Card, a float plan document, visuals about the waterway marking system, safety necessities to have on board, and navigation rules.
For more information about boating safety and to brush up on the rules, visit the website at navcen.uscg.gov.