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Local Notices Mid Atlantic March 2007

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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 12230, 63rd ed. — Chesapeake Bay, Smith Point to Cove Point;

• chart 12318, 44th ed. — Little Egg Inlet to Hereford Inlet, Absecon Inlet;

• chart 11512, 61st ed. — Savannah River and Wassaw Sound;

• chart 12266, 29th ed. — Chesapeake Bay, ChoptankRiver and HerringBay, Cambridge.

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.

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (ICW), SANDY HOOK TO LITTLE EGG HARBOR, MANASQUAN INLET, MANASQUAN RIVER, N.J.

Effective Dec. 21, 2006, the Coast Guard was scheduled to change the regulations that govern the operation of the Route 35 Bridge, at ICW Mile 1.1, across the ManasquanRiver, at Brielle, N.J. The final rule will allow the drawbridge to provide vessel openings upon four hours advance notice from Dec. 1 to March 31. This change will eliminate the continual attendance of draw tender services during the non-peak boating season while still providing for the reasonable needs of navigation. Copies of PUBLIC NOTICE 5-1079 which describes the changes in detail can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6422. (NOAA chart 12324)

UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY,

C&DCANAL,

TOLCHESTER BEACH, MD.

Bucket dredges Weeks 550 and 551 will be dredging at the southern approach to the C&DCanal in the vicinity of TolchesterBeach and Grove Point at the mouth of the SassafrasRiver until April 1. Dredge spoil will be transported by scows to the Overboard Disposal Area at TolchesterBeach. 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 and 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 12274)

INDIAN RIVER INLET, DEL.

The Indian River Inlet South Jetty light (LL 4375) is scheduled in January to be changed to Indian River Inlet South Jetty light 3. (NOAA chart 12216)

HAMPTON ROADS,

ELIZABETHRIVER, VA.

Dredge Essex is dredging inside the Norfolk Reach Channel until March 2007. As the dredge and associated equipment could significantly reduce channel width in some locations, mariners are requested to contact the Dredge Essex on VHF channel 13 at least one hour prior to entering the channel, and should use extreme caution when transiting this area. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, floating and submerged pipelines, buoys and wires, and 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 12245)

CHINCOTEAGUE INLET,

CHINCOTEAGUE CHANNEL, VA.

Effective Dec. 18, 2006, the Coast Guard was scheduled to change the regulations that govern the operation of the SR 175 Bridge across Chincoteague Channel, at Mile 3.5, at Chincoteague Island, Va. The final rule will allow the bridge to open on demand from 12 to 6 a.m., and every 1-1/2 hours from 6 a.m. to midnight (6 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight); except from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July, the draw need not be opened. This change is necessary to help relieve vehicular traffic congestion and reduce traffic delays while still balancing for the needs of marine and vehicular traffic. Copies of PUBLIC NOTICE 5-1078 which describe the new regulations in detail can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6629. (NOAA chart 12210)

RAPPAHANNOCKRIVER

ENTRANCE, QUEENS CREEK, VA.

Shoaling has been reported within Queens Creek Channel between Queens Creek Channel light 2 (LL 14820) and Queens Creek Channel daybeacon 4 (LL 14835). Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this area. (NOAA chart 12235)

BOGUE INLET, N.C.

A U.S. Army Corp of Engineers survey of Dec. 5, 2006 indicates shoaling in Bogue Inlet Channel to a depth of 4.1 feet MLW. The shoaling extends across the entire channel and begins about 250 yards seaward of Bogue Inlet buoy 15 (LL 29560), north to about 200 yards north of Bogue Inlet buoy 16 (LL 29563). Mariners should avoid transiting this area during periods of low water and exercise caution when transiting during other tidal periods. Mariners can view this survey at www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav/inlets/bogueinlet.pdf. (NOAA chart 12205)