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On April 1, 2018 the M/V ZHEN HUA 18 (IMO 8026921) will be delivering two new ship-to­ shore container cranes to Berth Eight at the N01ih Carolina State Port Authority (NCSPA) facility located on the Cape Fear River, Wilmington, North Carolina. The combination of the size of the cranes, the limitations on maneuverability in the Cape Fear River, and the need to provide for the safety of the M/V ZHEN HUA 18, other vessels, and persons in the vicinity necessitates the temporary restriction of all recreational and commercial vessel movement.

To ensure the highest level of safety, the Captain of the Port will enforce a temporary safety zone for approximately 5 to 7 hours on the day of the M/V ZHEN HUA 18's transit. The safety zone will include all navigable waters of the Cape Fear River from the International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGS , 72) Demarcation Line drawn from Oak Island Light House to Bald Head Island Abandon Light House noted on NOAA chart 11537 and proceeding n01ih up the Cape Fear River from shore to shore to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, a length of approximately 26 miles, including the portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on the Cape Fear River from Snows Cut to Southport. The safety zone will be enforced until the M/V ZHEN HUA 18 is safely moored at the NCSPA facility. Due to the size of the cranes, their position during the transit to NCSPA and the narrow width of the  Cape Fear River, no vessel will be authorized to moor, transit, or remain within the river while the safety zone is in effect. Vessels moored at facilities south of Be1ih One at NCSPA must depaii the safety zone area prior to 12:00
a.m. (midnight) on March 31, 2018.

A second safety zone will be enforced for approximately two to four hours on April 4 and April 6, 2018 for the offload of the Post-PANAMAX cranes. The zone will include all of the waters within a 200 yard radius around the M/V ZHEN HUA 18 while moored at Berth Eight. Vessel traffic south of NCSPA will not be impacted.

A Marine Safety Information Bulletin, a Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Homep01i post and a Press Release will be generated and disseminated prior to the vessel's inbound transit to advise as much of the populace as possible.

In case severe weather or other conditions prevent the safe transit of the vessel the alternate dates are March 29, 30, 31, April 2, 3, or 4, 2018. A Harbor Safety Committee meeting will be held on February 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Duke Energy Management Facility in Leland to discuss the transit of the cranes and any additional questions will be addressed at that time.


 If you have any questions concerning the closure of the Cape Fear River, please contact the Waterways Management Division at: NCmarineevents or Coast Guard personnel  at one of the phone numbers listed below:






Phone Numbers (Office/Cell)

Chief, Waterways Management Division (Prior to Event)

Lieutenant  Eunice James

(910) 772-2230

Public Affairs Officer (Prior to Event)

Chief Petty Officer Thomas

(910) 772-2216

Marine Transportation Recovery Unit (During Event)


(910) 512-7585

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