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Local Notices to Mariners

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This information is taken from the Seventh 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.

This information is taken from the Seventh 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 12205, 30th ed. — Cape Henry to Pamlico Sound, including Albemarle Sound, RudeeHeights;

• chart 12245, 65th ed. — Hampton Roads;

• chart 12214, 46th ed. — Cape May to FenwickIsland;

• chart 12248, 41st ed. — James River Newport News to JamestownIsland; Back River and College Creek.

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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UPPER DELAWARE RIVER, N.J. and PENN.

In January 2006 the following aids to navigation changes were scheduled to occur to the seasonal status described in Light List, Vol. II. AtlanticCoast: Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina:

Replaced by lighted ice buoy when endangered by ice:

• Delaware River lighted buoy 50 (LL 3605);

• BellevueRange lighted buoy 6B (LL 3110);

Replaced by lighted ice buoy from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28:

• ListonRange lighted buoy 7L (LL 2465);

• TinicumIslandRange lighted buoy 5T (LL 3315);

• MifflinRange lighted buoy 1F (LL 3380);

• Horseshoe Lower lighted buoy 35 (LL 3510);

• Horseshoe Lower lighted buoy 37 (LL 3520).

(NOAA charts 12311, 12312, 12313)

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DELAWARE RIVER,

MANTUA CREEK, N.J. and PENN.

Mariners are advised that repairs have been extended at the S.R. 44 Bridge, at mile 1.7, across the Mantua Creek, in Paulsboro, N.J. To facilitate completion of needed mechanical repairs, the vertical lift span will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position through 5 p.m. March 31. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is about 5 feet at mean high water. (NOAA chart 12312)

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

The Coast Guard has received a report of a steel pile hazard to navigation 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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POTOMAC RIVER,

CURRIOMAN BAY, MD.

There has been a report of shoaling in the vicinity of CurriomanBay buoy 2 (LL 17045) and CurriomanBay buoy 4 (LL 17050). Shoaling extends from Elbow Point across the channel. All mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (NOAA chart 12286)

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CHESAPEAKE BAY, UPPER TANGIER SOUND, TAR BAY, MD.

There has been a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Tar Bay Channel light 5 (LL 24600) to a depth of 2 feet mean low water. All mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (NOAA chart 12261)

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CHESAPEAKE BAY,

UPPER TANGIER SOUND,

HONGA RIVER, MD.

There has been a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Honga River Channel light 17 (LL 24550) to a depth of 2 feet mean low water. All mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (NOAA chart 12261)

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TANGIER SOUND, LITTLE

ANNEMESSEX RIVER, MD.

In February the flash characteristic of Little Annemessex River light 7 (LL 22840) will be changed from a flashing green, four seconds to a quick flashing green. (NOAA chart 12231)

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BALTIMOREHARBOR,

DUNDALK TERMINAL EAST AND

WEST CHANNEL, MD.

In December 2005 the Coast Guard was scheduled to make the following changes to aids to navigation:

• Dundalk Terminal East Channel buoy 3 (LL 21020) will be relocated to approximate position 39 14 05.884N, 076 32 13.688W and renamed Dundalk Terminal East Channel buoy 5 (LL 21026);

• Dundalk Terminal East Channel Lighted buoy 5 (LL 21027) will be changed to lighted buoy 7 (LL 21027);

• Dundalk Terminal East Channel buoy 7 (LL 21030) will be changed to buoy 9 (LL 21030);

• Dundalk Terminal East Channel buoy 6 (LL 21035) to buoy 10 (LL 21035);

• Dundalk Terminal West Channel buoy 6 (LL 21075) will be changed to West Channel buoy 2DW (LL 21030).

(NOAA chart 12281)

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CHESAPEAKE BAY,

ROCKHALL HARBOR, MD.

Shoaling has been reported to a depth of 4 feet MLW in the vicinity of RockHallHarbor light 4 (LL 26895) and RockHallHarbor light 5 (LL 26900) and extending southwesterly for about 150 yards in the northwest portion of the channel. (NOAA chart 122720)

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POTOMAC RIVER,

WOODROWWILSONBRIDGE,

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. 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 www.wilsonbridge.com. (NOAA charts 12285, 12289)

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JAMES RIVER, VA.

A submerged piling that is a hazard to navigation has been reported in approximate position 37 01.04N, 076 29.5W, in the vicinity of James River Channel light 2 (LL 11370). All mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (NOAA chart 12248)