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 11541, 37th ed. — Intracoastal Waterway, NeuseRiver to Myrtle Grove Sound,
• chart 12285, 38th ed. — Potomac River, District of Columbia,
• chart 12222, 48th ed. — Chesapeake BayCapeCharles to NorfolkHarbor,
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.
FENWICK TO CHINCOTEAGUE INLET, SINEPUXENT BAY, DEL.
Shoaling to a depth of 3 feet MLW has been reported between Sinepuxent Bay Channel light 35 (LL 5135) and Sinepuxent Bay Channel light 39 (LL 5145). Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12211)
UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY,
APPROACHES TO BALTIMOREHARBOR, SPRING GARDEN CHANNEL, MD.
Shoaling to a depth of 2 feet MLW has been reported between SpringGarden daybeacon 4 (LL 21315) and SpringGarden daybeacon 6 (LL 21320). Mariners are cautioned to use extreme care and consider the state of the tide prior to transiting this waterway. (NOAA chart 12278)
WICOMICO RIVER, MD.
The Coast Guard was scheduled to relocate the following aids to navigation in April:
• Wicomico River Channel buoy 8 (LL 23740) to position 38 12 53.276N, 075 52 35.164W, approximately 40 feet outside the channel toe in 14.0 feet of water;
• Wicomico River Channel buoy 9 (LL 23745) to 38 13 13.707N, 075 52 22.840W, approximately 40 feet outside the channel toe in 10.4 feet of water.
Army Corps of Engineers has recently completed dredging of this federal navigation project and the relocation of these two aids to navigation is necessary to properly mark this waterway. (NOAA charts 12261, 12230)
ROCK CREEK, MD.
The Rock Creek Racing Association will establish two yellow buoys through October 31 in the PatapscoRiver just outside Rock Creek:
• RCRA buoy A (No LL) in position 39 10 55.44N, 076 29 17.76W, yellow buoy with black letter “A”;
• RCRA buoy B (No LL) 39 09 55.44N, 0 76 29 17.76W, yellow buoy with black letter “B”.
For more info call John Anderson, RCRA Commodore at (410) 437-8634. (NOAA charts 12281, 12278)
ROCK CREEK, MD.
The City of Baltimore Department of Parks and Recreation has established the following aid to navigation to mark the recently completed Fort Smallwood Fishing Pier:
• FortSmallwood Pier light A (No LL) in position 39 09 45.8N, 076 29 15.6W, flashing yellow 4 seconds.
(NOAA chart 12278)
OCEAN CITY INLET, MD.
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Ocean City Inlet light 12 (LL 4760) which reduces the maintained depth of the Federal Navigation Project to less than 10 feet MLW. Mariners are cautioned to use extreme care and vessels drawing more than 10 feet should carefully consider the state of the tide prior to transiting this waterway. (NOAA chart 12211)