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 12254, 47th ed. - Chesapeake Bay, Cape Henry to Thimble Shoal Light

• chart 12280, 8th ed. - Chesapeake Bay

• chart 12285, 39th ed. - Potomac River, District of Columbia

• chart 12324, 33rd ed. - Intracoastal Waterway, Sandy Hook to Little Egg Harbor

• chart 11545, 63rd ed. - Beaufort Inlet and Part of Core Sound, Lookout Bight,

• chart 12268, 11th ed. - Choptank River, Cambridge to Greensboro

• chart 11523, 24th ed. - Charleston Harbor Entrance

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.

GREAT EGG INLET TO

PECK BEACH, N.J.

The Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Illinois will be conducting dredging and beach nourishment of the Ocean City beaches until June 30. Dredging locations will be in a 2,500-foot radius of 39 16.881N, 074 32.331W. A submerged pipeline will run from 39 16.881N, 074 32.331W to 39 17.013N, 074 33.378W. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Assisting vessels will be tug boats J.P. Newman, Brangas and survey vessel Copper River. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Dredging projects are usually conducted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (NOAA chart 12316)

NJICW, LITTLE EGG HARBOR TO CAPE MAY, N.J.

Shoaling has been reported between NJICW daybeacon 152 (LL 35615) and NJICW daybeacon 156 (LL 35630). Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12316)

PHILADELPHIA AND CAMDEN WATERFRONTS, DELAWARE RIVER, N.J. and PA.

Mariners are advised that the Delaware River Port Authority will be conducting an internal inspection of the main cables on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge at mile 100.2 across the Delaware River in Philadelphia until September. All work will be above the roadway level with no expected change to the horizontal or vertical navigational clearances. At no time during the inspection work will the waterway be closed to navigation. A safety boat will be provided; however, it will not be positioned within the limits of the navigable channel. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12313)

POTOMAC RIVER, MD.,

VA., and D.C.

Mariners are advised that underwater inspections have been extended at the 14th Street Bridge at mile 109.8 over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., through June. Diving operations are being conducted from either a 26-foot or 41-foot work boat. In addition, this inspection includes pressure-washer cleaning of the substructure elements, concrete core sampling and acquisition of sounding data. Working hours are from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. During work hours each day, the work boat will be tied off along the substructure units of the bridge. Obstruction of the navigational channel will be avoided. The point of contact number is (410) 803-8811. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12289)

CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL (COVE POINT TO SANDY POINT), CHESAPEAKE BAY, MD.

Mariners are advised that nighttime welding and burning operations are in progress at the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial/Chesapeake Bay Bridge (West Suspension), at mile 138.0, between Sandy Point and Kent Island, Md. To cease operation during vessel passage, mariners are requested to provide at least a half-hour advance notice by calling the contact numbers in the following order: (410) 320-0349; (443) 463-6677; (443) 463-6937; (443) 790-8977 or via marine radio on VHF channel 13. This operation is expected to be completed by December. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12263)

POTOMAC RIVER,

WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE,

MD., VA., and D.C.

Mariners are advised that construction of the new Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge across the Potomac River, mile 103.8, between Alexandria, Va., and Oxon Hill, Md., is ongoing until 2009. The continued aggressive construction of the new Inner Loop (IL) Bridge and ship collision-protection fender system will continue to influence navigation on the Potomac near the bridge. Advancement of the drawbridge and fender ring elements will require continuing intermittent placement of crane barges in the 175-foot-wide federal navigation channel through June. The federal channel may be restricted to 50 feet, from Monday through Friday, between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and from Monday night through Thursday night, between 6 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. The federal channel can be cleared to 100 feet with two hours notice from Monday through Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition, several large concrete pours through June may require closure of the federal channel to vessel traffic from 6:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. To ensure clear passage, contact the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project with at least 48 hours advance notice. As an alternative, vessels less than 80 feet in height can typically use the marked auxiliary channel, located just east of the federal navigation channel (80-foot vertical clearance, 130-foot horizontal clearance, and 22-foot water depth at MLW). Demolition for the remainder of the old bridge toward the Maryland shore will continue through September. Boaters near the Maryland shoreline should use extreme caution when transiting the area near the old bridge. Excessive speed and wake by boaters may cause serious or fatal harm to the project. Because of the sensitive and precise nature of the work and for worker safety, it is crucial mariners obey the speed restrictions and eliminate wakes through the work zone. For any questions, contact Mike Baker, Environmental Construction Manager for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project, at (202) 438-7499. For bridge-opening requests, contact Mike Baker at the aforementioned number or the bridge tender at (703) 836-2396. The “Mariners Alert” page, located on the project’s Web site at www.wilson

bridge.com, is updated weekly. As the construction progresses, check these resources frequently to obtain the weekly schedule outlining items such as expected channel restrictions because of barge placements, auxiliary channel availability, and federal navigation channel vertical clearance information. (NOAA charts 12285, 12289)

PATUXENT RIVER

NAVY BASE, MD.

In April, Coastal Design and Construction was scheduled to establish four mooring buoys, until Dec. 20, in association with a shoreline protection project for the U.S. Navy at Patuxent River Navy Base.

• CDC Cedar Point temporary mooring buoy A (NO LL) at 38 18 30.0N, 076 22 51.0W, blue with white stripe

• CDC Cedar Point temporary mooring buoy B (NO LL) at 38 18 16.0N, 076 22 35.0W, blue with white stripe

• CDC Cedar Point temporary mooring buoy C (NO LL) at 38 18 22.0N, 076 22 52.0W, blue with white stripe

• CDC Hog Point temporary mooring buoy D (NO LL) at 38 18 38.0N, 076 24 22.0W, blue with white stripe

(NOAA charts 12264, 12284)