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Dredged Material Engineering Manual!

You can download a copy of the new engineering manual for assessing, processing and beneficial use of fine-grained dredged material. This manual, produced in cooperation with Rutgers University, details two decades of experience with managing dredged material in the New York/New Jersey Harbor.

The Safe Harbor is Here!

The new educational video is available for anyone who floats on the New York/New Jersey Harbor. This video was produced by a coalition of commercial and recreational boaters in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Learn about your responsibilities and risks when boating on our great mixed-use Harbor.

Now accepting NBIG applications for FY 2015

We are now accepting applications for FY 2015 grants under the National Boating Infrastructure Grant (NBIG) program. These funds are for marinas who are looking to provide access for transient boaters. Letters of interest are being accepted now.

New Jersey Marine Highway Initative

The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) selected the New Jersey Marine Highway Initiative (pdf 11m) as one of six plans to begin work on a national network designed to reduce our dependence on highways for shipping domestic freight. Recently, the New Jersey Department of Transportation's Office of Maritime Resources (NJDOT/OMR) was part of a team that worked on an analysis (pdf 37m) of East Coast marine highway routes, opportunities and challenges.

View the film: "A Good Run"

You'll laugh… You'll cry… You'll discover why Life is Better with a Boat! Watch this short film that celebrates memories made taking life's journey by boat.

Rules and Regulations

USCG Local Notice to Mariners - Weekly Edition
The USCG publishes a weekly Notice to Mariners. Information relevant to local waterways and changes to regulations in the Fifth Coast Guard District are posted as notices of Proposed Rule Making. The Fifth Coast Guard District covers coastal waters from the Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina.

New Boating Regulations
(pdf 23k) have been passed by the New Jersey Legislature (NJAC 1382). These new rules are primarily for safety and include not only boating but also waterskiing, parasailing, diving and swimming.

Manned and unmanned drawbridge schedule and contact information is available. Remember that while on the water, boaters need only call Channel 13 for bridge information and to request an opening for "on demand" bridges.

The USCG has established a safety zone in Barnegat Inlet from March 7, 2014 to November 31, 2014 around the Barnegat Inlet north jetty repair project. The Army Corps of Engineers has contracted with Agate Construction to repair the damage to the north jetty that was caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The presence of workbarges in the channel reduces the width of the navigable portion of Barnegat Inlet, making it too narrow for vessels to safely pass each other within the inlet. This regulation (pdf 223k) is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters of Barnegat Inlet and is intended to restrict traffic movement to protect mariners from hazards associated with the north jetty repair operations.

The USCG has passed an interim rule (pdf 58k) regarding the openings of railroad bridges crossing the Arthur Kill at mile marker 11.6 (near Goethels Bridge) and the Raritan River at mile marker 0.5 (near GSP Bridge). These rules are effective now.

UPDATE: Boater Safety Course Deadline Clarified
A 2326 was signed into law on January 15, 2009 as P.L.2009, Chapter 1. This law clarifies that the State’s mandatory boat safety course required to operate power vessels in this State, including personal watercraft, must be completed by all persons before June 1, 2009.

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