Work On Powerlines Over Cape Fear River To Require Safety Zones

Work On Powerlines Over Cape Fear River To Require Safety Zones

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 10 September 2019 22:59

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WILMINGTON - The U.S. Coast Guard will be closing an area of the Cape Fear River on certain days in September and October while crews working for Duke Energy Progress work to improve large power transmission lines that cross the river from Brunswick County to New Hanover County.

Captain B. B. Stewart - U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port of North Carolina - explained, "Mariners are advised Duke Energy Progress will be performing construction on the power transmission lines crossing the Cape Fear River about 18.8 miles above the mouth of the river and just south of Wilmington, North Carolina, from September through November  2019.

This construction is in support of the NC State Port Authority's capacity improvement project at the Port of Wilmington."

He explained, "This construction period requires intermittent closures of the Cape Fear River from shore to shore within 100 yards on either side of the power transmission lines. To ensure the highest level of safety, the Captain of the Port will issue a temporary safety zone for this area to be enforced for the duration of each work day."

Under the current schedule, three days of closure will be required the weeks of:

• September 9-14, 2019
• September 23-28, 2019
• October 14-19, 2019
• October 28-31 and November 1-2, 2019

Those dates are subject to change based on weather conditions, equipment availability or unforeseen circumstances.

Stewart explained, "The closure on each work day is expected to last from 6:30 AM through 2:30 PM. If there is a delay during the work day, the time may be extended to 5:00 PM. At the end of each work day, the Cape Fear River will open without restrictions to all vessels. All closures will be broadcast at least 48 hours in advance. On scene personnel can be reached via VHF channels 13 and 16. During work days, vessels with an air draft of less than 30 feet will be permitted to pass through the safety zone approximately every two hours during work break periods. Vessels will be directed by the Coast Guard or designated security vessels."

The Coast Guard will provide updates on schedules on the Coast Guard Homeport webpage at under "Safety Notifications" and "Notice to Mariners". A public meeting will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, August 13 at 2508 Burnett Blvd, Wilmington, NC.

For more information about the waterway closure or safety zone, please email the Sector North Carolina Waterways Management Division at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-3882.


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