In April, Gossips reported that a company called New York State Marine Highway Transportation LLC, a tug and barge operator located in the Troy that transports aggregates (stone, sand, gravel, etc.) from quarries in Catskill (Peckham) and Hudson (Colarusso) to the New York City metropolitan area, had applied to the Army Corps of Engineers to install a "seasonal barge mooring" on the river near Germantown. Today, Gossips learned the the Army Corps of Engineers has announced a public comment period that began on September 9 and continues through October 8. The public notice can be found here.
The following description of what is being proposed is taken from the USACE public notice:
Installation of a seasonal single 58-inch-diameter steel mooring buoy, a 10,000-lbs navy stockless anchor and associated hardware adjacent to and approximately 579 feet southeast of the floor of the Federal navigation channel in the Hudson River. Associated hardware includes but is not limited to 90-feet of 2-inch stud link chain, shackles, connecting links, swivels, and two (2) 60-foot-length pendants. On scene water depth is approximately 22-feet at Mean Lower Low Water.
The standard barges proposed to use the mooring point/buoy would measure 35-foot-wide by 200- foot-long, or 52-foot-wide by 250-foot-long. The barge configuration would be a maximum of three (3) abreast. No barges would be configured astern. The maximum size of the barges configuration at the buoy would be 250-feet-long by 156-feet-wide. . . .
The permit applicant’s stated purpose for this work is to provide a new commercial mooring point/buoy to provide staging of both empty and full aggregate barges during the course of normal transportation from quarries in Catskill, New York and Hudson, New York.
Comments must make reference to the Public Notice No.: NAN-2021-00296-USH and be directed to Brad.Sherwood@usace.army.mil.
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