Notices to Mariners

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REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated the following nautical charts:

• chart 12208, 11th ed. — Approaches to Chesapeake Bay,

• chart 11536, 18th ed. — Approaches to Cape Fear River,

• chart 11537, 36th ed. — Cape Fear River, Cape Fear to Wilmington,

• chart 12221, 77th ed. — Chesapeake Bay Entrance,

• chart 12289, 49th ed. — Potomac River, Mattawoman Creek to Georgetown.

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.

ELIZABETH RIVER,

NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL

TERMINAL (NIT), VA.

Dredge Pullen will be dredging in the Elizabeth River at Norfolk International Terminal (NIT-SOUTH) through Nov. 30. A floating and partially submerged pipeline associated with the project will be in place along the north shoreline. The dredge can be contacted on VHF channel 13. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, floating and submerged pipeline, buoys and wires. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution and cause no wake when approaching, passing and leaving the dredge location and to watch for indications of a submerged or partially submerged pipeline. (NOAA chart 12253)

COASTAL, VA.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hydrographic survey ship Rude (pronounced “Rudy”) will be conducting survey operations in and around the southern approach traffic lanes to Chesapeake Bay to about November. Rude is a white-hulled 90-foot steel vessel. Rude regularly tows side scan sonar survey equipment astern, and will display Restricted in Ability to Maneuver shapes/lights when appropriate. Survey operations may require NOAA Ship Rude to make frequent course changes and/or multiple crossings of the main ship channel. Rude will make regular security calls on VHF channels 16 and 13, and will monitor VHF channels 16 and 13 at all times. All vessels are requested to give NOAA Ship Rude a wide berth in order to avoid interfering with survey operations. (NOAA chart 12200)

LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY, LYNNHAVEN INLET/LONG CREEK, VA.

Woodside Dredge will be dredging in Lynnhaven Inlet and Long Bay through Sept. 10, 2006. The dredging will include the entrance channel, mooring and turning basin, Long Creek side channel and the channel to Broad Bay. The dredge can be contacted on VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, floating and submerged pipeline, buoys and wires, and review comments concerning dredging operations under General Articles VII. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution and make no wake when approaching, passing and leaving the dredge location, and to strictly comply with Inland Rules of the Road. Watch for indications of a submerged or partially submerged pipeline. (NOAA chart 12254)

NEW TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEME (TSS) IN THE

APPROACHES TO THE

CHESAPEAKE BAY, VA.

(Reference charts: United States, 12205, 12220, 12221, 12222 and 12280.) Note: These charts are based on North American 1983 Datum. Description of the Traffic Separation Scheme: TSS will be implemented in the Approaches to the Chesapeake Bay on or about July 1 and consists of three parts:

Part I Precautionary area:

A precautionary area of radius two miles is centered upon geographical position 36 56.13N, 075 57.45W.

Part II Eastern approach:

(a) A separation zone is connecting the following geographical positions:

(1) 36 57.50N, 075 48.21W (2) 36 56.40N, 075 52.40W (3) 36 56.40N, 075 54.95W,

(b) A traffic lane for westbound traffic is established between the separation line and a line connecting the following geographic positions: (4) 36 57.94N, 075 48.41W (5) 36 56.90N, 075 52.40W (6) 36 56.90N, 075 55.14W,

(a) A traffic lane for eastbound traffic is established between the separation zone and a line connecting the following geographic positions: (7) 36 57.04N, 075 48.01W (8) 36 55.88N, 075 52.40W (9) 36 55.88N, 075 54.95W ,

Part III Southern approach:

(a) A separation zone is connecting the following geographical positions: (10) 36 50.33N, 075 46.29W (11) 36 52.90N, 075 51.52W (12) 36 55.96N, 075 54.97W ,

(b) A separation zone is connecting the following geographical positions: (13) 36 55.11N, 075 55.23W (14) 36 52.35N, 075 52.12W (15) 36 49.70N, 075 46.80W ,

(c) A separation zone is connecting the following geographical positions: (16) 36 49.52N, 075 46.94W, (17) 36 52.18N, 075 52.29W (18) 36 54.97N, 075 55.43W,

(d) A separation zone is connecting the following geographical positions: (19) 36 54.44N, 075 56.09W (20) 36 51.59N, 075 52.92W (21) 36 48.87N, 075 47.42 W,

(e) A traffic lane for inbound traffic is established between the separation lines described in paragraphs (a) and (b).

(f) A traffic lane for outbound traffic is established between the separation lines described in paragraphs (c) and (d).

(g) A deep-water route is established between the separation lines described in paragraphs (b) and (c). The types of ships which are recommended to use the deep-water route (see Part C). All other ships using the southern approach traffic separation scheme should use the appropriate inbound or outbound traffic lane.

ELIZABETH RIVER,

APM TERMINALS, MARINE

CONTAINER TERMINAL, VA.

Weeks dredge 312 will be dredging in the vicinity of the APM Terminals, Marine Container Terminal through Jan. 4, 2006. Dredged material will be transported to the spoil site with a combination of floating and submerged pipelines marked with yellow flashing lights. The dredge can be contacted on VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, floating and submerged pipeline, buoys and wires. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution and create no wake when approaching, passing and leaving the dredge location, and to watch for indications of a submerged or partially submerged pipeline. (NOAA chart 12253)