Local Notices to Mariners - 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.gov.)

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

NOAA has updated the following nautical charts:

• chart 12283, 26th ed. — Annapolis Harbor;

• chart 12324, 32nd ed. — ICW, Sandy Hook to Little Egg Harbor;

• chart 11555, 40th ed. — Cape Hatteras, Wimble Shoals to Ocracoke Inlet;

• chart 11531, 22nd ed. — Winyah Bay to Bulls 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.

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CHESAPEAKE BAY,

KENT ISLAND NARROWS, MD.

The Coast Guard is implementing the special local regulations at 33 CFR 100.530 for the “Thunder on the Narrows” boat races, a marine event to be held Aug. 5 and 6, on the waters of Prospect Bay, near Kent Island Narrows. These special local regulations are necessary to control vessel traffic due to the confined nature of the waterway and expected vessel congestion during the event. The effect will be to restrict general navigation in the regulated area for the safety of event participants, spectators and vessels transiting the event area. For further information, contact Ronald Houck, Marine Events Coordinator, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, at (410) 576-2674. (NOAA chart 12272)

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HONGA, NATICOKE AND

WICOMICO RIVER, MD.

The Coast Guard was scheduled in May to replace the existing 250mm lanterns with 155mm lanterns on Wicomico River Channel light 27 (LL 23840) and Muddy Hook Cove Channel light 2 (LL 24480). This change will reduce the nominal range for both lights to three nautical miles. (NOAA chart 12261)

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UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY,

BACK RIVER, FROG MORTAR CREEK, MD.

The FAA requires small craft operators with mast heights of 37 feet or greater to observe caution while transiting Frog Mortar Creek in the vicinity of Martin State Airport. Operators of such vessels should contact Martin State Airport by telephone at (410) 238-1008 prior to entering and when departing the safety area. (NOAA chart 12278)

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CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL, MD.

The following temporary data buoys have been deployed and are scheduled to be discontinued on or about Nov. 30:

• Chesapeake Channel NRL lighted data buoy A in approximate position 38 41.40N, 076 25.95W, yellow hull with radar tower, flashing yellow two seconds;

• Chesapeake Channel NRL lighted data buoy B in approximate position 38 40.00N, 076 25.30W, yellow hull with radar tower, flashing yellow two seconds;

• Chesapeake Channel NRL lighted data buoy C in approximate position 38 41.50N, 076 25.20W, yellow hull with radar tower, flashing yellow two seconds.

(NOAA chart 12263)

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BALTIMORE HARBOR, SEAGIRT MARINE TERMINAL, MD.

Mariners are advised that diving operations to support underwater pier repairs are scheduled to occur at the Seagirt Marine Terminal through Dec. 31. Operations will occur daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The support crane barges will display the ALPHA flag and DIVER DOWN flags during diving operations. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area and if necessary can contact assisting tug Jezebel on VHF channel 16. (NOAA chart 12281)