Local notices to mariners – New England

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This information is taken from the 1st 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 1st 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 .

PENOBSCOT BAY, FOX ISLAND THOROFARE, ME.

The Coast Guard was scheduled to make the following changes to this waterway in March:

• change Fox Island Thorofare lighted bell buoy FT (LL 4000) nominal range to 4 NM.

This change is to incorporate the new light emitting diode (LED) technology.

(NOAA charts 13302, 13305, 13308)

PENOBSCOT RIVER, WEST PENOBSCOT BAY, ME.

The Coast Guard was scheduled to make the following changes to this waterway in March:

• change IsleboroIsland lighted bell buoy II (LL 4435) nominal range to 4 NM.

This change is to incorporate the new light emitting diode (LED) technology.

(NOAA charts 13302, 13309)

SEACOST, ME., N.H. and MASS. (REVISED)

The Coast Guard confirmed a report that the 65-foot wooden fishing vessel Lauren T sank at approximate position 44 06.54N, 069 05.32W, on Jan. 15, 2007. The Lauren T is partially submerged in approximately 15 feet of water. The mast is visible by day throughout the tide cycle, and is not in a navigational channel. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution while transiting the area.

MASSACHUSETTS BAY, MASS.

Two areas contained within a circle of radius 1,000 meters centered upon the following geographical positions are established as no anchoring areas:

• submerged turret loading (STL) buoy A - 42 23 38.7002N, 070 35 27.9006W,

• submerged turret loading (STL) buoy B - 42 23 54.7202N, 070 36 47.8196W.

The circles do overlap slightly. The area of approximately 2.8625 square nautical miles contained within an oval of radius 1,250 meters vectored from the two center positions for

STL Buoys “A” and “B”, respectively, is an area to be avoided.

MASSACHUSETTS BAY,

NORTH CHANNEL, MASS.

Dredging equipment has been reported lost in the vicinity of the area between buoy 4 (LL 10695) and buoy 8 (LL 10715), resulting in a possible reduction of advertised depth. All vessels should use caution transiting the area.

MASSACHUSETTS BAY,

BOSTON HARBOR, MASS.

Two attached 10-foot x 40-foot floats are submerged in position 42 21.16N, 070 55.55W, approximately 300 feet northwest of red buoy #6, outside the BostonNorth Channel. Obstruction is marked by lighted marker and is in 25-30ft of water. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and report any sightings to the Coast Guard.

TAUNTON RIVER, MASS.

A sunken barge is in the vicinity of the Weavers Cove Energy pier. The northwest corner of the barge is located at approximate position 41 44.047N, 071 08.6W. The barge is in approximately 40 feet of water, is submerged, is not visible at low tide. It may present a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to stay clear and avoid transiting within the immediate area of the pier.

MOUNTHOPEBAY, UPPER SAKONNET RIVER, R.I. (REVISED)

Active shoaling has been reported and verified in the UpperSakonnetRiver in the vicinity of Old Hummocks/Tiverton Railroad Bridge outside of the marked channel. Shoaling is active within 10 yards from the west side (Portsmouth) and 15 yards from the east side (Tiverton). Mariners are strongly encouraged to navigate within the marked channel.