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Dredging planned at Port of Astoria
The Daily Astorian reports that the Port of Astoria Commission has voted to focus on developing North Tongue Point, improving dredging, expelling sea lions from the East End Mooring Basin and repairing its docks, fixing crumbling piers and further improving the agency’s finances as priorities for the coming fiscal year and beyond. Commissioners provided several priorities they felt the agency should focus on in the coming year. “The Port of Astoria is the recipient of everybody’s sediment from upstream,” said Permit and Project Manager Rob Evert, reporting on the Port’s dredging operations over the past year. The port spent more than US$400,000 over the past year dredging more than 130,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment from around its piers to accommodate ships.
Weather conditions force closure of Columbia River Bar entrance
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Columbia River, in Astoria, issued the closure of the Columbia River, Ore., bar entrance due to hazardous conditions at approximately 9 p.m., Monday. The bar closure applies to all vessels and any request to transit the bars prior to reopening must be approved by the COTP, Sector Columbia River. Mariners may contact the Coast Guard on VHF-FM Channel 16 or Sector Columbia River by telephone at (503) 861-6211 for further information or to request crossing. The Coast Guard will re-evaluate the bar closure on an ongoing basis and will re-open the waterway as soon as the offshore weather improves. The bar is anticipated to re-open by 8 a.m., Wednesday, based on current weather predictions. The Coast Guard understands the effects these closures have on commerce and will make every effort to re-open these waterways as soon as they are considered safe for navigation.News schreiben