Boat owners docked at Shipyard Quarters Marina in the Charlestown Navy Yard were given two days' notice this week to find a new place to keep their vessels.
A letter posted Tuesday evening, Aug. 13 on all boats docked on piers 6 and 8 in the Navy Yard states that the marina is “temporarily unable to offer docking services to the public,” citing “circumstances beyond its control.”
The closure is immediate, and owners have until Thursday Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. to remove their property from the premises, according to the letter.
The letter also states that all dockage fees paid beyond Aug. 15 will be prorated and refunds will be issued “promptly.” Boat owners can also visit the Shipyard Quarters Marina office to obtain a list of marinas in the area that currently have boat slips available.
Attorneys for Shipyard Quarters Marina and owner Martin Oliner, a New York resident, were in court last week and due back Wednesday for a hearing on a preliminary injunction demanding they hire a professional engineer to review the situation on the two piers and begin making necessary repairs based on that review.
The court injunction, filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, states that Oliner should identify which portions of the property, if any, are safe to keep boats and find alternative placement for any vessels stored in unsafe areas. That document also states that, under those conditions, the marina could continue operating until the end of the boating season, on Oct. 31, after which no boats would be allowed to use the piers until certified repairs are made.