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 12226, 17th ed. -Chesapeake Bay, Wolf Trap to Pungoteague 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.

DELAWARE BAY, N.J.

In January, the following aids to navigation were scheduled to be discontinued:

• HogIsland Shoal lighted buoy 6 (LL 1965),

• Elbow of Cross Ledge wreck lighted buoy WR (LL 1610).

(NOAA chart 12304)

HEREFORD INLET, N.J.

There will be new stone seawall construction on the southern side of the channel in North Wildwood 2008 until approximately March 31, 2009. There will be approximately five barges, two push boats, one rescue boat, and one crew boat with divers used for the construction project under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Local traffic will be restricted to slowest safe maneuvering speed while transiting the area to minimize wake disturbance. Construction and diving operations will take place Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., local time until completion. All 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 barges and construction equipment. The construction contractors will standby on VHF channels 13 and 16. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. For any comments or questions, contact LTJG Steve Florio at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, Penn., (215) 271-4851. (NOAA chart 12318)

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER, PHILADELPHIA TO TRENTON, PENN. and N.J.

During the December, the Coast Guard was scheduled to rebuild:

• Bristol Range Front light (LL 3995) at 40 05 30.99394N, 074 51 29.28291W, showing Iso white 2 seconds, visible all around with higher intensity on the range line, lighted throughout 24 hours,

• Bristol Range Rear light (LL 4000) at 40 05 29.55875N, 074 51 32.66091W, showing flashing red visible all around with higher intensity on the range line, lighted throughout 24 hours.

During construction, the existing Bristol Range Front light and Range Rear light may be obstructed or temporarily discontinued to facilitate construction. (NOAA chart 12314)

BARNEGAT INLET AND OYSTER CREEK CHANNELS, N.J.

There has been a report of shoaling between Barnegat Inlet buoy 33 (LL 1065) and Oyster Creek channel lighted buoy 40 (LL 1095). At high tide on the Barnegat Bay, Island Beach, Sedge Island Reference Station, there is a 4.5 to 10 feet MLW. From Barnegat Inlet buoy 33 (LL 1095) to Barnegat Inlet lighted buoy 34 (LL 1070), there are two shoal areas of 4.5 feet across the entire channel. From Oyster Creek Channel buoy 36 (LL 1075) to Oyster Creek channel buoy 37A (LL 1085), there are reported areas of shoaling to 4.5 feet MLW across the channel. (NOAA chart 12324)

POTOMAC RIVER, WOODROW

WILSONBRIDGE, MD., VA. and D.C.

Mariners are advised that construction of the new WoodrowWilsonMemorialBridge 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 River near the bridge. Demolition for the remainder of the old bridge toward the Maryland shore will continue into early 2008. Boaters near the Maryland shoreline should use extreme caution when transiting the area near the old bridge. To ensure clear passage, contact the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project with at least 48 hours advance notice. Advancement of the drawbridge and fender ring elements will require continuing intermittent placement of crane barges in the federal navigation channel, which may remain in place overnight. 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). Excessive speed and wake by boaters may cause serious or fatal incidents. Due to the sensitive and precise nature of the work and for worker safety, it is crucial that mariners obey the speed restrictions and eliminate wakes through the work zone. For any questions, please contact Mike Baker, Environmental Construction Manager for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project at (202) 438-7499. For bridge opening requests, please 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.wilsonbridge.com, is updated weekly and contains additional information. As the construction progresses, check these resources frequently to obtain the weekly schedule outlining items such as expected channel restrictions due to barge placements, auxiliary channel availability, and federal navigation channel vertical clearance information. (NOAA charts 12285, 12289)

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER, ALEXANDRIA WATERFRONT, MD.

In December 2007, Lake Services Inc. and McLean Contracting Company were scheduled to commence dredging along the Alexandria waterfront and adjacent Potomac River navigation channel. The dredging will incorporate the City Marina. Dredging operations will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Dredging will be completed on or about Feb. 25. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 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. (NOAA charts 12285, 12289)