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 11542, 17th ed. - New River, Jacksonville,

• chart 11534, 35th ed. - ICW, Myrtle Grove Sound and Cape Fear River to Casino Creek,

• chart 12248, 42nd ed. - James River, Newport News to Jamestown Island; Back River and College Creek.

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.

GREATEGGHARBORBAY, SHIP CHANNEL, DRAG CHANNEL, N.J.

Mariners are advised that miscellaneous repairs will continue at the Garden State Parkway Bridges, at mile 3.5, over the Ship and Drag Channels at GreatEggHarborBay, in Beesleys Point, N.J., through Aug. 28, 2008. The scope of this work still includes removing and patching concrete and repairing deteriorated structural steel. Scaffolding system and a work barge, will occupy the adjacent channels. These repairs will not affect the main channel. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12316)

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

Mariners are advised that inspection and testing of suspenders will be conducted at the WaltWhitmanBridge, at mile 96.8, across the Delaware River, in Philadelphia, each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Nov. 30, 2008. The types of activities are: 1) suspender socket inspection; 2) nondestructive testing of all suspenders; and 3) removal and replacement of four suspender ropes for the purpose of destructive testing. Access to the structure will include the use of a snooper truck on the bridge roadway. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12313)

NEW JERSEY INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (NJICW), CORSON INLET, TOWNSEND INLET, N.J.

Effective March 3, the Coast Guard was scheduled to change the drawbridge operating regulations of four Cape May County Bridge Commission bridges:

• CorsonInletBridge, at mile 0.9, at Strathmere,

• StoneHarborBoulevardBridge, at NJICW mile 102.0, across Great Channel at StoneHarbor,

• Two-MileBridge, at NJICW mile 112.2, across Middle Thorofare in Wildwood Crest,

• the TownsendInletBridge, at mile 0.3 in Avalon.

This final rule allows the drawbridges to operate on an advance notice basis on specific dates, times and holiday in December of every year. These changes will still provide for the reasonable needs of navigation. A copy of Public Notice 5-1108, which describes the changes in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6222. (NOAA charts 12316, 12318)

CHESAPEAKE BAY,

CHOPTANKRIVER TO HERRINGBAY, ROCKHOLD CREEK, MD.

Shoaling has been reported in Rockhold Creek to a depth of 4.0 feet MLW in the vicinity of Rockhold Creek channel buoy 7 (LL 19404) and Rockhold Creek channel buoy 9 (LL 19405). The shoaling extends approximately five yards into the channel. Shoaling to a depth of 5.0 feet

MLW has also been reported in the vicinity of Rockhold Creek jetty light 2 (LL 19400) extending approximately five yards into the channel. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting this channel. (NOAA chart 12266)

UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY,

BALTIMOREHARBOR

APPROACHES, MD.

GreatLake Dredges 54 and 55 will be conducting maintenance dredging operations within the Craighill Angle, CraighillChannelUpperRange, Cutoff Angle, Brewerton Channel Eastern Extension, Brewerton Angle and Fort McHenry Channel until April 30. Tugs Alexandra Weeks, Katherine Weeks, Colonel and Melvin Lemmerhirt will transport the dredged material to the Poplar Island Disposal site. Mariners may contact the dredges on VHF channels 10, 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the

Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and 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 12281)

CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE (C&D) CANAL, MD. and DEL.

Mariners are advised that repairs are finished at the MD-213/Chesapeake City Bridge, at mile 13.9, across the C&DCanal in Chesapeake City, Md. However, until all equipment has been cleared from the bridge and the scaffolding removed, the available vertical clearance will continue to be reduced by seven feet to 133 feet, above mean high water. The removal of the scaffolding should be completed by Feb. 29. Mariners are also advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA charts 12277, 12311)

HAMPTON ROADS, LYNNHAVEN ROADS ANCHORAGE, VA.

A 10.3-ton ship’s anchor has been lost in Anchorage “BRAVO,” approximate position 36 56 19.4N, 076 04 33.04W. Charted depth at anchorage is 27 feet MLLW. Depth of water over lost anchor is unknown. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 12254)

CHESAPEAKE BAY,

BUCKROE BEACH, VA.

Precon Marine will be conducting pier construction operations in the vicinity of BuckroeBeach. Construction will be conducted during daylight hours only and is expected to last approximately six months beginning Feb. 25. The area will be lit during night-time hours using lighting fixtures approximately 16 feet tall. For additional information, contact Precon Marine at (757) 449-8389. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this area. (NOAA chart 12245)