Coast Guard issues temporary safety zone as crews prepare to sink barge

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The U.S. Coast Guard has put into effect a temporary safety zone in the vicinity of Bayou Chene while the Army Corps of Engineers sink a barge near Morgan City, Louisiana.

All mariners should keep a distance of at least two nautical miles within Bayou Chene Light 4.

No vessel or person is permitted to operate in the temporary safety zone unless authorized by the captain of the port of designated representative. 

The safety zone will remain in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday.

During this time, and until further notice, the Bayou Boeuf Lock will open to all navigation. This will be the only east-to-west route from Port Arthur, Texas, to New Orleans. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the Bayou Boeuf Locks and check in and out with the Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay on Channel 11.

For information regarding the safety zone, you may contact the Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay duty officer via VHF Ch. 11 or contact Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City at 985-380-5374.

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