Local Notices New Eng March 2007

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This information is taken from the 1st 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 1st 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 (NOAA) has updated the following nautical charts:

• chart 13217, 15th ed. — Block Island,

• chart 13224, 38th ed. — ProvidenceRiver and Head of Narragansett 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.

WEYMOUTH, MASS.

Dredging will be done until March 15, 2007. The hours of operation will be seven days a weeks, 24 hours a day. On scene will be dredge Wood 1, A.J. Fournier and four dump scows. The dredges will be supported by a tug and the scows will be towed by another tug. All vessels will be monitoring VHF channels 16, 13 and 67. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

PT. JUDITH, R.I.

Dredging will be done in the Harbor of Refuge and Pt. Judith Pond through March 15, 2007. The hours of operation will be seven days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be a barge, two dump scows and two tug boats.

NARRAGANSETT BAY,

EAST PASSAGE, R.I.

The Coast Guard was scheduled to make the following changes to this waterway in January. Change the range of the following aids from a nominal range of 4 NM to 3 NM using a Light Emitting Diode (LED) lantern:

• East Passage lighted gong buoy 9 (LL 17805),

• East Passage lighted bell buoy 11 (LL 17810),

• East Passage lighted bell buoy 12 (LL 17855),

• East Passage lighted bell buoy 14 (LL 17940),

• East Passage lighted buoy 17 (LL 17965),

• East Passage lighted buoy WR21 (LL 18084),

• East Passage lighted bell buoy 24 (LL 18095),

• East Passage lighted buoy 25 (LL 18100),

• East Passage lighted bell buoy 26 (LL 18105).

(NOAA charts 13221, 13223)

EAST RIVER, ROOSEVELT

ISLAND, EAST CHANNEL, N.Y. (REVISED)

As part of the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy project, two tidal turbines and two warning buoys were scheduled to be installed by Dec. 15, 2006. The final four turbines will be installed during January and February 2007. The turbines and buoys will be installed in the East River about 200 feet north of the Roosevelt Island Bridge, along the eastern shore of Roosevelt Island, in a rectangular area measuring 165 feet wide by 260 feet long, bounded by the following points: 40 45 51.2N, 073 56,46.7W; 40 45 50.3N, 073 56 44.6W; 40 45 52.6N, 073 56 42.8W; and 40 45 53.5N, 073 56 44.7W. The lighted buoys marking the outer edge of the rectangular area will be white with an orange stripe and diamond and exhibit a flashing white characteristic. Tugs Susan Miller Shawn Miller, Karen Miller and a 30-foot-by-90-foot spud barge with crane will be on scene during the installation process and monitoring VHF channel 16. The least depth of water over the turbines in the test area will be 5 feet at Mean Lower Low Water. Accordingly, vessels are requested to remain outside the test area and transit with caution. The tidal turbines are scheduled to be removed in May 2008. (NOAA chart 12339)