Shipping and Navigation

Vessels for container and cargo, commercial fishing, cruises, military use, tankers, tug and towing, and recreational all use the New York Bight, making traffic and navigation an important consideration in planning for and developing offshore wind energy.

The Port of New York and New Jersey is among the largest and busiest ports along the Atlantic Coast, and the New York Bight contains a network of navigation features to coordinate marine traffic, including official sea traffic management systems called Traffic Separation Schemes, shipping channels, and other unofficial but regularly traveled routes. Designated shipping channels guide navigation in and around ports, and navigational aids also serve as signals to vessels to help facilitate safe navigation.

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