Boats must be moved from Cape Fear River during cranes’ arrival

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The US Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone on the Cape Fear River to accommodate the arrival of two new cranes bound for the Port of Wilmington.

The temporary safety zone will include all navigable waters for about 26 miles south of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

Two new cranes are waiting to make their way to the Port of Wilmington. (Photo: NC Ports)
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It will remain in effect until the ship is safely moored at the state port.

In a news release, the Coast Guard said due to the size of the cranes and narrow width of the river, no vessels are allowed to moor, cross through or remain within the river while the safety zone is in effect.

Vessels moored at the south of Berth One at the ports must leave the safety zone by midnight on Wednesday.



Another safety zone will be enforced for between two and four hours on Sunday and Tuesday while the Neo-PANAMAX cranes are unloaded. That zone will include all of the waters within a 200-yard radius around the vessel while it is moored at Berth Eight at the port.

The cranes will pass Southport around 8 a.m. on Thursday and will reach the port at 10 a.m.

There are three public viewing areas if you want to watch as the cranes make their way up the river.

  • Riverlights Marina Village Waterfront Park
    109 Pier Master Point, Wilmington
  • River Road Park
    6500 River Road, Wilmington
  • Southport Waterfront Park
    146-176 E Bay Street, Southport