The Port of Redwood City released notice to recreational boaters this week, asking them to take precaution while a dredging project progresses at the Port.
Starting yesterday and continuing for about three weeks, wharves 1,2,3 and 4 will undergo routine dredging operations. The process will occur 24/7 until its completion, according to the port.
Boaters should watch out for equipment and vessels involved in the dredging, including tugs, dredge barges, dump scows, survey and crew boats and white anchor buoys topped with white lights.
Recreational boaters should consider “using VHF radio to alert dredge of recreational boaters intensions channels 13, 14, 80”; be visible and attach lights for dredge/ tugs/ survey boats to see recreational boaters during nighttime hours; avoid anchor cables by keeping adequate distance from dredge; avoid going alongside the dredge; and avoid the middle of the channel used by contractor’s equipment. Use outside edges and stay closer to the white anchor buoys, according to the Port.
Dredging is the removal of sediments and debris from the bottom of lakes, rivers, harbors, and other water bodies. It is necessary and routine as sedimentation, the natural process of sand and silt washing downstream, gradually fills channels and harbors.
Contact the Port at (650) 306- 4150 for questions or further information.
Photo courtesy Port of Redwood City