Local Notices to Mariners - Mid-Atlantic

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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 12216, 28th ed. - CapeHenlopen to Indian River Inlet; BreakwaterHarbor

• chart 12225, 57th ed. - Chesapeake Bay Wolf Trap to Smith Point

• chart 12235, 32nd ed. - Chesapeake Bay Rappahannock River Entrance, Piankatank and GreatWicomicoRivers

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.

NJICW, ATLANTIC CITY

TO CAPE MAY, N.J.

Shoaling to a depth of 1.0 foot MLLW has been reported between NJICW light 262 (LL 36005) and NJICW daybeacon 266 (LL 36020). Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12316)

DELAWARE BAY, N.J.

The following private aid to navigation has been established until Nov. 20:

• University of Delaware lighted data buoy A (No LL) at 38 50 86N, 075 06 47W, flashing yellow four seconds. (NOAA chart 12214)

CHESAPEAKE BAY,

JAMES RIVER,

CHICKAHOMINY RIVER, VA.

Mariners are advised to take caution when approaching the construction site of the new Route 5 Chickahominy River Bridge, mile 1.5, in James City County, Va. Barges will be in the navigable channel constructing a concrete fender system. This project will cause delays in drawbridge openings of up to 30 minutes for navigation, until Aug. 31, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (NOAA chart 12251)

CHESAPEAKE BAY, THIMBLE SHOAL CHANNEL, VA.

The Skanska Corp. was scheduled to commence a six- to eight-week rock scouring project May 19 over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in the vicinity of the Thimble Shoal Channel. During this operation, two crane barges will be anchored in the vicinity of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel’s FirstIsland. As the project progresses, the crane barges will move into the South Auxiliary Channel, eventually eliminating the use of this channel to vessel traffic. The crane barges’ anchor buoys in the four-point mooring system may be located up to 1,000 feet away from the barge and will be lighted with a slow flashing yellow light. Skanska tug operators will be on scene Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and monitoring VHF channel 13. If no tug is on scene, mariners are encouraged to contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads on VHF Channel 16 to report any concerns. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12256)

ELIZABETHRIVER, EASTERN BRANCH, MOSELEY CREEK, BROAD CREEK, VA.

Mariners are advised that Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. (the contractor), on behalf of Hampton Roads Transit (the bridge owner), will begin construction of the new double-track light rail project across Broad Creek from Brambleton Avenue to Newton Road located in Norfolk. There will be a crane barge, material barges and a tug boat to support the new bridge construction that is parallel with the Interstate 264 bridge that spans Broad Creek. Demolition of the existing railroad trestle was scheduled to begin in May. Pile driving, concrete construction and girder setting will continue through March 2009. The work will not block the Broad Creek channel. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12253)

RAPPAHANNOCKRIVER,

GREENVALE CREEK CHANNEL, VA.

The following aids to navigation changes were scheduled to occur in June. These changes are necessary because of continued shoaling and no planned dredging to project depth.

• Greenvale Creek Channel Entrance light 2 (LL 15305) changed to warning daybeacon A

• Greenvale Creek Channel daybeacon 4 (LL 15310) changed to warning daybeacon B

• Greenvale Creek Channel daybeacon 6 (LL 15315) changed to warning daybeacon C

• Greenvale Creek Channel daybeacon 8 (LL 15320) changed to warning daybeacon D

• Greenvale Creek Channel daybeacon 10 (LL 15325) changed to warning daybeacon E

• Greenvale Creek Channel daybeacon 12 (LL 15330) changed to warning daybeacon F

• Greenvale Creek Channel daybeacon 14 (LL 15335) changed to warning daybeacon G

(NOAA charts 1225, 12235)

CHESAPEAKE BAY ENTRANCE, SAND SHOAL INLET, VA.

Shoaling has been reported between Sand Shoal Inlet buoy 5 (LL 6980) and Sand Shoal Inlet lighted buoy 6 (LL 6985). Mariners are advised to use extreme caution as they transit this area. (NOAA chart 12224)

HAMPTON ROADS, LYNNHAVENRIVER, CRAB CREEK, VA.

The City of Virginia Beach has made the following changes in Crab Creek because of shoaling; least depth 3.0 feet MLLW, from the entrance of Crab Creek through Crab Creek buoy 8 (LL 10157.06) and Crab Creek daybeacon 9 (LL 10157.07). This realignment will reduce the channel width of Crab Creek to approximately 30 feet in certain areas.

Relocated:

• Crab Creek Entrance buoy 2CC (LL 10157) to 36 54 22.372N, 076 05 32.965W

• Crab Creek Entrance temporary buoy 2A (NO LL) to 36 54 22.066N, 076 05 35.019W

• Crab Creek Entrance buoy 3CC (LL 10157.01) to 36 54 21.586N, 076 05 33.317W

• Crab Creek temporary buoy 3A (NO LL) to 36 54 21.997N, 076 05 33.337W

• Crab Creek temporary buoy 3B (NO LL) to 36 54 21.669N, 076 05 34.807W

• Crab Creek buoy 4 (LL 10157.02) to 36 54 21.582N, 076 05 35.940W

• Crab Creek buoy 5 (LL 10157.03) to 36 54 21.082N, 076 05 35.973W

• Crab Creek buoy 6 (LL 10157.04) to 36 54 17.644N, 076 05 39.876W

• Crab Creek buoy 7 (LL 10157.05) to 36 54 17.151N, 076 05 39.486 W

Established:

• Crab Creek temporary buoy 4A (NO LL) at 36 54 20.336N, 076 05 37.553W

Discontinue:

• Crab Creek temporary buoy 3C (NO LL)

(NOAA charts 12205, 12254)

CHESAPEAKE BAY,

BROAD CREEK, VA.

Shoaling to a depth of 4.5 feet MLLW has been reported in Broad Creek in the vicinity of Broad Creek daybeacon 2 (LL 14970). Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12235)

JAMES RIVER, VA.

Shoaling to a depth of 7-9 feet MLLW has been reported in the vicinity of James River light 19 (LL 11675) and may extend into the channel. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12248)

CAPEHATTERAS,

HATTERAS INLET, N.C.

Shoaling to a depth of 3.8 feet MLLW has been reported in the vicinity of South Ferry Terminal lighted buoy 1SF (LL 28699.1) Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11555)

OREGON INLET, N.C.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ survey dated May 8 indicated shoaling to a depth of 7 feet MLLW, approximately 75 yards southeast of Oregon Inlet buoy 14 (LL 28030). The survey indicates the shoal extends approximately 100 yards in a southeasterly direction. Mariners should avoid transiting this area during periods of low water and exercise caution during other tidal states. (NOAA charts 12204, 12205)

FRYING PAN SHOALS, N.C.

A NOAA survey of Northwestern Frying Pan Shoals indicates a 7.0 foot MLLW shoal at position 33 48 07.337N, 077 58 23.405W. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11537)

AIWW, ALBEMARLE SOUND

TO NEUSERIVER,

ALLIGATOR RIVER, N.C.

There has been a report of a possible uncharted obstruction in the AlligatorRiver at position 35 56 28.2N, 075 59 30.0W, approximately 500 yards/225 degrees true from AlligatorRiver light 7 (LL 37845). Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11553)

BEAUFORT INLET AND

SOUTHERN CORE SOUND,

RUSSELL SLOUGH,

GALLANTS CHANNEL, N.C.

The following aids to navigation were scheduled to be established in June to mark shoaling in Russell Slough:

• Russell Slough Channel warning daybeacon A (LL 34852) at 34 44 17.788N, 076 40 47.456W

• Russell Slough Channel warning daybeacon B (LL 34853) at 34 44 14.391N, 076 40 43.690W

OREGON INLET CHANNEL,

OLD HOUSE CHANNEL, N.C.

The Coast Guard was scheduled to make the following changes to the Oregon Inlet Channel/Old House Channel in June:

• establish Oregon Inlet Channel lighted buoy 34A (LL 28118), OR at 35 45 40.337N, 075 35 22.233W

• establish Oregon Inlet Channel lighted buoy 34B (LL 28119), flashing red 2.5 seconds at 35 45 41.324N, 075 35 23.240W

• relocate Oregon Inlet Channel lighted buoy 35 (LL 28123) to 35 45 37.075N, 075 35 25.349W

• establish Old House Channel lighted buoy 1H (LL 28233), flashing green 2.5 seconds at 35 35 41.723N, 075 35 27.621W

• establish Old House Channel lighted buoy 2H (LL 28234), flashing red 4 seconds at 35 45 37.111N, 075 35 29.437W

• renumber Old House Channel buoy 9 (LL 28235) to buoy 3

• renumber Old House Channel light 10 (LL 28240) to light 4

• renumber Old House Channel daybeacon 11 (LL 28245) to daybeacon 5

• renumber Old House Channel daybeacon 12 (LL 28250) to daybeacon 6

• renumber Old House Channel daybeacon 13 (LL 28255) to daybeacon 7

• renumber Old House Channel light 14 (LL 28260) to light 8

• renumber Old House Channel daybeacon 15 (LL 28265) to daybeacon 9

• renumber Old House Channel daybeacon 16 (LL 28270) to daybeacon 10

• renumber Old House Channel buoy 17 (LL 28275) to buoy 11

• renumber Old House Channel light 18 (LL 28280) to light 12

• renumber Old House Channel daybeacon 19 (LL 28285) to daybeacon 13

• renumber Old House Channel daybeacon 20 (LL 28290) to daybeacon 14

• renumber Old House Channel light 21 (LL 28295) to light 15

• renumber Old House Channel light 24 (LL 28300) to light 16

(NOAA charts 12205, 12206)

UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY, MD.

Sharps Island Light (LL 7690) has suffered significant damage since the 1978-1979 ice season rendering the lighthouse unsafe for personnel to perform any maintenance. The light has been extinguished since November 2007 and due to the structural condition of the lighthouse the Coast Guard will not make any attempts to relight it. On or about May 7, 2008, Sharps Island Light will be discontinued as an aid to navigation. The lighthouse will remain as United States property until its final disposition is determined. (NOAA charts 12263, 12266)

HAMPTON ROADS,

LITTLE CREEK HARBOR, VA.

Crofton Diving will be conducting pipe repair operations in the vicinity of Little Creek Entrance lighted buoy 2 (LL 10470). Piles have been established at position 36 56 39N, 076 10 25W. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12245)