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Local Notices - Mid Atlantic

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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.

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.mil .

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

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

• chart 11521, 28th ed. — Charleston Harbor and Approaches;

• chart 12224, 23rd ed. — Chesapeake Bay, Cape Charles to Wolf Trap;

• chart 12254, 46th ed. — Chesapeake Bay, Cape Henry to Thimble Shoal Light;

• chart 12313, 50th ed. — Philadelphia and Camden Waterfronts.

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.

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INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY, N.J.

New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway daybeacon 223 (LL 35875) was scheduled to be discontinued in February. (NOAA chart 12316)

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DELAWARE RIVER, BULKHEAD SHOAL CHANNEL, DEL. and N.J.

The Coast Guard has received a hazard to navigation report of a steel pile located in approximate position 39 34 25.68N, 075 34 35.21W, adjacent to the Bulkhead Shoal Channel, between the channel and the shoreline at Dutch Neck, Delaware City, Del. At flood stage, this hazard may be completely submerged and invisible. Mariners are requested to transit this area with caution. (NOAA charts 12277, 12311)

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UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY,

BALTIMORE HARBOR

CHANNELS, MD.

Dredge Marion will be dredging in the vicinity of Poplar Island until May 29. The dredge can be contacted on VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, floating and submerged pipelines, buoys and wires. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution and cause no wake when approaching, passing and leaving a dredge operation location and to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road. (NOAA chart 12278)

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CHOPTANK RIVER AND HERRING BAY, ROCKHOLD CREEK, MD.

Coastal Design and Construction will establish an additional three mooring buoys in association with a jetty project in Rockhold Creek until June 2006:

• Herring Bay CDC temporary mooring C, 38 45 51.2N, 076 32 43.0W, white with blue band;

• Herring Bay CDC temporary mooring D, 38 45 58.6N, 076 32 43.2W, white with blue band;

• Herring Bay CDC temporary mooring E, 38 46 04.3N, 076 32 52.6W, white with blue band.

(NOAA chart 12270)

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TANGIER SOUND, HONGA,

NANTACOKE AND FISHING BAY, HEARNS COVE, MD.

The following change is scheduled for June: Hearns Cove Channel light 5 (LL 24470) to Hearns Cove Channel light 6 (LL 24470). The characteristics will be changed to flashing red, six seconds. (NOAA charts 12261, 12230)

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UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY,

APPROACHES TO BALTIMORE HARBOR, MIDDLE RIVER, MD.

A temporary lighted mooring buoy has been established at Hart Miller Island in approximate position 3916.42N, 076 20.56W to mark a dredge material transfer site. The buoy is showing a flashing white characteristic. (NOAA chart 12278)

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UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY,

BALTIMORE HARBOR,

INNER HARBOR, MD.

Dredge Curtis Bay will be dredging in the Baltimore Harbor Inner harbor. The dredge can be contacted on VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, floating and submerged pipelines, buoys and wires. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution and cause no wake when approaching, passing and leaving a dredge operation location and to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road. (NOAA chart 12281)

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HAMPTON ROADS, LYNNHAVEN RIVER, CRAB CREEK, VA.

The Coast Guard has received a report from the City of Virginia Beach that the private aids to navigation which mark the Crab Creek Channel should be considered unreliable due to dredging. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution while using the Crab Creek Channel. (NOAA charts 12205, 12254)

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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 103.8, between the City of Alexandria, Va., and Oxon Hill, Md., is ongoing until 2010. Excessive speed and wake by boaters may cause serious or fatal incidents to the project. It is crucial that mariners obey the speed restrictions and eliminate wakes through the work zone due to the sensitive and precise nature of the work and for worker safety. A temporary floating/ sliding bridge will be in place in the waterway during drawbridge construction until further notice. There will be intermittent daytime channel restrictions as a result of the floating bridge and mariners are urged to listen to the BNMs for updates of its position in the waterway. Mariners are also urged to use extreme caution when transiting this area for work barges, exposed piles and anchor buoys. For further information and updates to construction operations, contact Mike Baker, Environmental Construction Manager for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project at (301) 567-0094, Ext. 242 or visit the project’s Web site at www.wilsonbridge.com (NOAA charts 12285, 12289)