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Coast Guard responses – Mid-Atlantic – October 2006

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This information is taken from the Fifth Coast Guard District’s Local Notice to Mariners alerting boaters to navigational changes or hazards. The list here is not an official Coast Guard statement but edited excerpts from recent notices. The notices also are available on the World Wide Web at www.navcen.uscg.gov .

This information is taken from the Fifth Coast Guard District’s Local Notice to Mariners alerting boaters to navigational changes or hazards. The list here is not an official Coast Guard statement but edited excerpts from recent notices. The notices also are available on the World Wide Web at www.navcen.uscg.gov .

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated the following nautical charts:

• chart 12311, 44th ed. — Delaware River, Smyrna River to Wilmington;

• chart 12214, 47th ed. — Cape May to Fenwick Island;

• chart 12312, 54th ed. — Delaware River, Wilmington to Philadelphia.

The new editions are available through NOAA sales agents. A free list of authorized sales agents is available by contacting the National Ocean Service, Distribution Division (N/ACC3), 6501 Lafayette Ave., Riverdale, Md. 20737.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER, MD.

The Coast Guard is establishing permanent special local regulations for “Ragin on the River,” a powerboat race held annually each Labor Day weekend on the waters of the Susquehanna River adjacent to Port Deposit, Md. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic in portions of the Susquehanna River adjacent to Port Deposit, Md., during the powerboat race. For further information contact Dennis Sens, project manager, Inspections and Investigations Branch at (757) 398-6204.

PATAPSCO RIVER, MD.

The Coast Guard is establishing special local regulations during the Catholic Charities Dragon Boat Races, a marine event to be held Sept. 9 on the waters of the Patapsco River, Inner Harbor, Baltimore. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to temporarily restrict vessel traffic in a portion of the Baltimore Inner Harbor during the event. Contact Dennis Sens, project manager, 5th Coast Guard District, Inspections and Investigations Branch, at (757) 398-6204.

POTOMAC RIVER,

WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE,

MD., VA. and D.C.

Mariners are advised that construction of the new Woodrow Wilson Memorial Drawbridge across the Potomac River, mile 90.7, between the City of Alexandria, Va., and Oxon Hill, Md., is ongoing until 2009. While opening the new Outer Loop Bridge to traffic this spring is a significant milestone for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project, demolition of the old bridge and continued aggressive construction of the new Inner Loop Bridge will continue to influence navigation on the Potomac River near the bridge. Due to continued commissioning, the new OL Bridge was to remain in the closed-to-navigation position between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day through Aug. 25. At all other times, the OL Bridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.255. Scheduled openings of the old drawbridge remain unchanged. By July 17 vehicular traffic using the I-95/495 highway was scheduled to be completely shifted onto the new OL Bridge. The old drawbridge will be demolished through mid-2007. To ensure clear passage contact the project with at least 24 hours advance notice. After July 17 openings of the old drawbridge are expected to become more flexible. The remaining portions of the old drawbridge, from the drawbridge to the Maryland shore, will remain in place until mid-2007. Due to continuing work on the Inner Loop (IL) drawbridge, the floating access way will remain active within the federal navigation channel. The access way will continue to be retracted upon request with at least 30 minutes notice, as long as no associated concrete pours are occurring. Advancement of the IL drawbridge elements will require continuing intermittent placement of crane barges in the federal navigation channel, which may remain in place overnight. As an alternative, vessels less than 45 feet in height can typically use the marked auxiliary channel, located just east of the federal navigation channel (45-foot vertical clearance, 130-foot horizontal clearance, and 22-foot water depth at MLW). Extensive federal navigation channel restrictions should be expected from November 2006 through June 2007 due to the erection of the IL drawbridge. The federal navigation channel will be restricted to vessels less than 83 feet in height. Across the Potomac River, work on the IL Bridge will continue and boaters traveling outside of the federal navigation channel should use due caution and obey signs. Excessive speed and wake by boaters may cause serious or fatal incidents to the project. Due to the sensitive and precise nature of the work and for worker safety, it is crucial that mariners obey the speed restrictions and eliminate wakes through the work zone. For any questions, please contact Mike Baker, environmental construction manager for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project at (202) 438-7499. For bridge opening requests contact the bridge tender at (202) 727-5522. The Mariners Alert page, at www.wilsonbridge.com, is updated weekly and contains additional information. As the construction progresses, check these resources frequently to obtain the weekly schedule outlining items such as expected channel closures due to concrete pours, channel restrictions due to barge placements, auxiliary channel availability, and federal navigation channel vertical clearance information. (NOAA charts 12285, 12289)

ATLANTIC OCEAN,

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.

PRECON Marine Inc. will be conducting maintenance and repair work through July 2007 on an outfall pipe in the vicinity of 16th Street in Virginia Beach, Va. This operation will entail the use of a 200-ton crane affixed to the top of a 170-foot-by-30-foot trestle that will move along the outfall pipe out to about 2,000 feet from shore. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting this area. (NOAA chart 12222)

ALBEMARLE SOUND TO NEUSE RIVER, ALLIGATOR RIVER, N.C.

There has been a report of shoaling across the channel in the Alligator River between Alligator River light 7 (LL 37845) and Alligator River light 8 (LL 37850) to an approximate depth of 5 feet MLW. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this area. (NOAA chart 11553)

NEW RIVER INLET,

CEDAR BUSH CUT, N.C.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey of New River Inlet, Cedar Bush Cut, dated June 26 indicates shoaling to a depth of 1.8 feet MLLW between New River Inlet buoy 10A (LL 29721) and New River Inlet buoy 10B (LL 29723). This shoal extends across the entire channel. Mariners should avoid transiting this area during periods of low water and exercise caution when transiting during other tidal stages. (NOAA chart 11541)