States Coast Guard (USCG) Local Notice to Mariners - Weekly
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 (pdf). The Fifth Coast Guard District
covers coastal waters from the Shrewsbury River, New Jersey
to Little River, South Carolina.
New Boating Regulations (pdf, 22.8Kb) have been passed by the NJ Legislature (NJAC 1382). These new rules are primarily for safety and include not only boating but also waterskiing, parasailing, diving and swimming.
NJDOT manned and unmanned drawbridge schedule and contact information. 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 U.S. Coast Guard has passed an interim rule (pdf, 58kb) 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.