Local Notices to Mariners – Florida and the South

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This information is taken from the 7th 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 7th 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 11411, 17th ed. - Intracoastal Waterway Tampa Bay to Port Richey.

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.

CUMBERLAND SOUND,

FERNANDINA HARBOR

TO KINGS BAY, FLA.

Weeks Marine Inc. has advised that a dredging and beach renourishment project was to commence in April. Equipment mobilization of the dredge, attendant plant and pipeline will take approximately 20 days to stage. The actual dredging from the borrow area will commence in May.

The dredging for beach fill is expected to take approximately 90 days for completion on or about Aug. 10. Dredge R.N. Weeks will be on scene dredging at the approved borrow area. The material being dredged in the borrow area will be pumped via a combination of floating and submerged pipeline to the area on Fernandina Beach. The pipeline will be marked with all USCG-required lighting and markers for the entire length from the borrow area to the beach. The dredge and all attendant plant will also be marked in accordance with USCG regulations and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16 at all times during the length of work for this project. The primary area of operation for this project will be in the borrow area as defined above, which should not impact vessels transiting the Kings Bay Entrance Channel, but will impact vessels moving outside of this channel in the vicinity. No Aids to Navigations under this contract requires any relocations or removals. Mobilization and demobilization efforts for the setup and removal of all plant required for this project will take place in the St. Marys River, outside of the navigable channel with Weeks Marine Inc. vessels transporting equipment from the staging area out to the borrow area. For information or questions, contact Ely Mahan at (985) 232-1277 or

e-mail ejmahan@weeksmarine.com . (NOAA chart 11503)

OSSABAW AND

ST. CATHERIN’S SOUNDS, GA.

Shoaling has been reported between St. Catherine’s Sound lighted buoy 2 (LL 5795) and St. Catherine’s Sound lighted buoy 3 (LL 5800), and observed in the middle of the channel. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11511)

ICW, CHARLESTON HARBOR,

SAVANNAH RIVER,

FIELDS CUT, FLA.

Extensive shoaling is reported in Fields Cut when entering from the Wright River. The reported depth at MLW is approximately 3-4 feet. The shoal is located from the northwest bank and extends past the center of the channel in a southeasterly direction. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution. (NOAA chart 11507)

ST. JOHNS RIVERS, JACKSONVILLE TO RACY POINT, FLA.

Subaqueous Services LLC has commenced dredging at the Metropolitan Park Marina in the vicinity of 30 19 11.13N, 81 38 27.42W, beginning March 17. Dredge BME1 will be operating daylight hours only, seven days per week for 60 days or until project completion. For safety and maneuvering information all Subaqueous Services LLC vessels can be contacted on marine radio VHF channels 13 and 16. For information, call David May, VP operations, at (954) 658-3767.

All mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. (NOAA chart 11492)