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This information is taken from the 5th 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 online at www.navcen.uscg.gov .

This information is taken from the 5th 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 online at www.navcen.uscg.gov .

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

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

• chart 12263, 55th ed. - Chesapeake Bay, Cove Point to SandyPoint;

• chart 12208, 12th ed. - Approaches to Chesapeake Bay.

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.

ICW, LITTLE EGGHARBOR

TO CAPE MAY,

BEACH THOROFARE, N.J.

Mariners are advised that fender system repairs will be conducted at the Route 30 Bridge, at ICW 67.2, across Beach Thorofare, at Atlantic City, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, through Aug. 6, 2007. To facilitate the repairs, a 17-foot Carolina skiff and two work floats will occupy the channel. This will be a movable operation so as not to impede vessel traffic. Mariners are also advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12316)

PATUXENT RIVER, MD.

There has been a report of shoaling to a depth of 3 feet MLW in the vicinity of PatuxentRiver light 8 (LL 19085). Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12284)

ISLE OF WIGHTBAY,

OCEAN CITY, MD.

A 200-foot SAFETY ZONE will be enforced between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the vicinity of 117th West Street, OceanCity, on Aug. 5, and Sept. 2, as described in 33CFR165.506(a)(21) in support of the Seacrets Night Club Fireworks Events. The SAFETY ZONE is intended to protect vessel operators from the hazards associated with fireworks displays. Mariners must remain outside of this SAFETY ZONE unless otherwise authorized by the Captain of the Port or representative.

POTOMAC RIVER, MD.

In association with the Morgantown Coal Barge Project, Potomac River, the MIRANT Corporation was scheduled in May to establish a flashing yellow, two-second light to mark test piles. The light will be located at 38 21 28.9N, 076 58 51.1W. This light will be discontinued on or about Dec. 1. For more info call Steve Dean at (301) 843-4515. (NOAA chart 12286)

CHOPTANKRIVER AND HERRINGBAY, IRISH CREEK, MD.

The following private aids to navigation have been established:

• Irish Creek buoy 1 (no LL), in position 38 40 56.80N, 076 13 35.0W, in 10 feet MLW,

• Irish Creek buoy 2 (no LL), in position 38 41 16.60N, 076 13 27.6W, in 6 feet MLW,

• Irish Creek buoy 4 (no LL), in position 38 41 54.70N, 076 13 18.5W, in 3 feet MLW,

• Irish Creek buoy 6 (no LL), in position 38 42 20.20N, 076 13 17.10W, in 10 feet MLW.

(NOAA chart 12266)

POTOMAC RIVER, ANACOSTIARIVER, M.D. and D.C.

Mariners are advised that sandblasting and painting operations will be performed through Oct. 15 at the Fredrick Douglas Memorial (South Capitol Street) Bridge, at Mile 1.2, across the AnacostiaRiver, in Washington, D.C. To facilitate the operation, an encapsulation system will be mounted on the swing span section reducing the available vertical clearance by about 3 feet (to 39 feet above mean high water). The encapsulation system will be in position until completion and not interfere with the drawbridge operation. The work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so, but should use extreme caution. (NOAA chart 12289)

HAMPTON ROADS, LYNNHAVENRIVER, EASTERN BRANCH, VA.

Shoaling has been reported to a depth of 2.5 feet MLW between Lynnhaven-Eastern Branch daybeacon 30 (LL 10334.2) and Lynnhaven-Eastern Branch daybeacon 38 (LL 10334.7). Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12254)

POCOMOKE AND TANGIER SOUND, STARLING CREEK, VA.

In June the Coast Guard was scheduled to discontinue the sound signal for Starling Creek light 1 (LL 22455) and change the aid name to Starling Creek light 1S.

(NOAA charts 12225, 12230, 12231)

LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY, VA.

Until mid-October, survey vessel R/V Stealth, a 55 foot, white-hulled catamaran, under contract to NOAA, will be conducting surveying operations in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Operations will involve towing instrumentation that will restrict the vessel’s ability to maneuver. The vessel will be constrained to defined survey tracks at a transit speed of 6 knots and will generally transit in a north-south direction with some east-west direction. Mariners are requested to give R/V Stealth a wide berth to minimize sonar noise. If necessary R/V Stealth can be contacted on VHF channels 13 and 16. A SECURITE broadcast will be given to indicate position and activity updates. The following is a survey schedule:

• mid-June to mid-July, area bounded by 37 28 45N, 076 14 42W and 37 34 15N, 076 11 56W,

• mid-July to mid-August, area bounded by 37 27 19N, 076 11 56W and 37 34 18N, 076 07 14W,

• mid-August to mid-September, area bounded by 37 37 10N, 076 03 02W and 37 40 35N, 075 56 14W,

• mid-September to mid-October, area bounded by 37 34 36N, 076 03 02W and 37 37 10N, 075 56 57W.

(NOAA charts 12235, 12228)