Busy port: Coast Guard eyes offshore anchorages at Fourchon

FORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard is considering locating two offshore anchorage points around Port Fourchon to cut down on port traffic.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1IWioyp) the Coast Guard announced the possible project in a public notice published in the Federal Register. A public comment period ends June 5.

The Coast Guard says there is a need to improve traffic flow in the port’s waterways because vessel volume has increased 30 percent since 2009.

The anchorages are intended for offshore supply vessels and other vessels providing or using service with the port and the outer continental shelf.

The proposed South Timbalier Anchorage West and South Timbalier Anchorage East would be between 36 and 60 feet deep.

Port officials say discussions about offshore anchorage has been going on for years.

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