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July 5, 2014


MD: Solomons HarborMarine Construction Project

Mariners are advised that a bulkhead replacement project is scheduled to occur in Solomons Harbor from July 7 through October 31, Monday through Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The project is located along the University of Maryland Biological Laboratory Research Fleet Operations bulkhead at Solomons Island, Md. Two work barges will be placed abreast along the northeast side of the bulkhead, in approximate position latitude 38°19'12.84" N, longitude 076°27'05.70" W. The barges will remain in position at all times and will be lighted at night. The waterway is expected to be restricted approximately 100 feet. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. Charts 12264, 12284.

MD: Severn River Lighted Mooring Buoys Established

Central Marine Construction will be establishing a lighted mooring buoy in association with their authorized living shoreline projects in the Severn River. The buoy will be approximately 680' NW of the 301 Bridge and 310' NW of the entrance to Cove of Cork. Lighted Mooring Buoy A 39 00 21.96N-76 30 25.37W Fl W 4s White with blue band. Chart: 12282


June 27, 2014

Notice to Mariners: Danger Zone


The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has established a temporary danger zone from July 11 to July 17 around the NASA Wallops Flight Center in Accomack, Va., for the NASA ORB-2 launch. 


June 24, 2014


Virginia

Wrecked pound nets create hazard to navigation


Lynnhaven Inlet:The pound nets located off of Chesapeake Beach in approximate position 36-54-56.136N 076-04-15.756W were damaged in the recent grounding of a motor vessel. It is believed that many of the piles are sheared off at the water's edge and pose a significant hazard to swimmers as well as small craft. Mariners are advised to stay well clear of the pound nets and use extreme caution when transiting the area. (Chart 12254)

New warning daymark at Lafayette River oyster reef


Lafayette River, Elizabeth River: The Elizabeth River Project will establish a warning daybeacon to mark their newly established oyster reef just off the southeast end the Hampton Blvd. Bridge. The 36-inch dayboard is marked "DANGER" and "OYSTER REEF". Chart 12245

Maryland

Hanover Lift Bridge closed for electrical repairs


Patapsco River: The navigation lights are currently extinguished on the Hanover Street Lift Bridge on the Patapsco River and the drawbridge is unable to open due to emergency electrical repairs until further notice. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is about 21 feet above MHW. 


June 18, 2014

Woman pleads guilty to making false distress call

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced that a Gloucester woman pleaded guilty Monday, June 17, to making a false distress call.

Ashley Strum-Smith, 29, pleaded guilty to a criminal information filed May 27 in U.S. District Court. Strum-Smith faces a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and $82,764 in restitution when she is sentenced Oct. 20 in Norfolk, Va.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Rear Admiral Stephen Metruck, District Commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar.

According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement Aug. 13, 2012, Strum-Smith called in a false report of a ship taking on water in the Severn River. Multiple rescue vehicles from the Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Gloucester Fire Department, York County Fire Department, Mathews Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard were dispatched to locate and aid the ship. After a two-hour search costing more than $82,000, it was determined the call was a hoax. Strum-Smith admitted to making the false report.

This case was investigated by the Coast Guard Investigative Service and the Gloucester County Sheriff's Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

"Making a false distress call puts rescuers at risk," said Rear Admiral Stephen Metruck, district commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District. "Responding to reports of distress in the maritime environment always involves risk, and the safety of each of our Coast Guard members is always at the core of every operation. Anyone who compromises their safety by making a false report will be held accountable."


June 17, 2014

Carters Wharf Boat Landing in Richmond County closing June 17 to August 17


The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will close its Carters Wharf public boat landing at the end of State Route 622 on the Rappahannock River in Richmond County beginning June 17. The landing will remain closed until about August 17 while the existing concrete boat ramp and courtesy piers are replaced and the landing dredged.  


May 12, 2014

OREGON INLET'S A NO-GO
Shoaling has become so bad in North Carolina's Oregon Inlet-the first inlet south of Rudee Inlet-that the Army Corps of Engineers has decided to just let it close up. The inlet, at the northern end of Hatteras Island, about five miles south of Nags Head, will be left to the elements, says the Corps of Engineers. A side-casting dredge was unable to operate in the area. The controlling depth is now 2 feet.

DREDGING IN HAMPTON
A dredge will be operating until late June off the Hampton city waterfront. The dredge will be deepening the basin at the Custom House Marina and the facedock that hosts visiting tall ships.


Here are the Notices to Mariners for early May:

VA - ELIZABETH RIVER, EASTERN BRANCH

NORFOLK SOUTHERN #5 RAILROAD BRIDGE

DRAWBRIDGE CLOSURES

The Norfolk Southern #5 Railroad Lift Bridge, at mile 1.1, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, near Harbor Park in Norfolk, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening on the following dates and times to facilitate structural repairs:

May 8: 9:30 am to 2 pm & 4 pm to 7 pm

May 12: 7 am to 7 pm

May 13: 9:30 am to 2 pm & 4 pm to 7 pm

May 14: 7 am to 7 pm

May 15: 9:30 am to  2pm & 4 pm to 7 pm

At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5. The bridge is normally open except for trains. It is not located along the AICW, but is used primarily by military and commercial traffic.

VA - HAMPTON ROADS/ELIZABETH RIVER ENTRANCE

DREDGING

The Dredge ROCKBRIDGE will be dredging in the vicinity of Hampton Roads Anchorage F from until July 15. A dredge pipeline will run to the Craney Island Rehandling Facility. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM 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.

MD - PATAPSCO RIVER

HANOVER STREET (LIFT) BRIDGE

The bridge is unable to open due to emergency electrical repairs until further notice.





April 10, 2014

Proposed Changes to Navigation

MD: TANGIER SOUND

BIG THOROFARE CHANNEL

The Coast Guard is proposing the following aids to navigation changes:

A. Change Big Thorofare Channel Daybeacon 25 (LLNR 23090) to Big Thorofare Channel Buoy 3 and relocate to approximate position 37-59- 17.696N, 076-00-35.883W.

B. Change Tyler Creek Channel Daybeacon 13 (LLNR 23160) to Tyler Creek Channel Buoy 13 (LLNR 23160) and relocate to approximate position 37-58-20.392N, 076-01-20.547W.

C. Change Tyler Creek Channel Light 3 (LLNR 23130) to Tyler Creek Channel Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 23130) and relocate to approximate position 37-59-20.859N, 076-01-07.920W.

Charts: 12228, 12231.

MD: CHOPTANK RIVER

An application has been received by the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, from the Maryland State Highway Administration for the proposed construction of a new MD Route 331/Dover Bridge at mile 35.3, across the Choptank River in Talbot and Caroline Counties, Maryland. The new bridge would have a vertical clearance of 48.5 feet, above mean high water, and a horizontal clearance with two separate 80-foot channels between face of pilings. The proposed project would consist of construction of a new fixed single span concrete bridge, adjacent to the existing swing bridge. The existing swing bridge will be retained for historic purposes and placed in the open position to navigation. The proposed steel and pre-stressed concrete girder bridge will be supported by two piers within the waterway. There will be no fender system on the new bridge but the piers in the water will be designed to withstand the force of a barge impact. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, an Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared.

Chart: 12324.

LNM: 10/14

MD - TANGIER SOUND/NORTHERN PART - PROPOSAL TO CHANGE LIGHTED AIDS TO NAVIGATION TO DAYBEACONS

The Coast Guard is proposing removing the lighting equipment from the following aids to navigation and converting the aids to daybeacons: Daugherty Creek Channel Light 5 (LLNR 23370) Goose Creek Channel Light 4 (LLNR 23405) Lower Thorofare Channel Light 4 (LLNR 23500)

Farm Creek Channel Light 5 (LLNR 24440) Middle Island Bridge West Channel Light 1 (LLNR 24515) Middle Island Bridge East Channel light 1 (LLNR 24520) Honga River Light 10 (LLNR 24545) Slaughter Creek Light 9 (LLNR 24685) Cook Point Cove Light 2 (LLNR 24840) Blackwalnut Harbor Channel Light 3 (LLNR 25820) In your comments, please address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Also include in your correspondence the means by which you are navigating this waterway and any electronic used while transiting. Send comments NOT LATER THAN 28 April, 2014, to: Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704 Attn.: Albert Grimes or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil

LNM: 11/14

MD- TANGIER SOUND/NORTHERN PART - BIG RHODES POINT GUT CHANNEL-AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE

The Coast Guard is proposing the following changes: A. Rhodes Point Gut Channel DBN 3 (LLNR 23000) to Buoy 3. B. Hunting Creek Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 22295), to Hunting Creek Lighted Wreck Buoy WR 12 and relocated to approximate position 37-47- 29.722N, 075-42-37.291W. Send comments to NO LATER THAN 17 April, 2014: Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District 439 Crawford Street, Rm.100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004 Attn: Albert Grimes or Email: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil or CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil Charts: 12231.

LNM: 11/14

VA - CHESAPEAKE BAY - CAPE CHARLES TO WOLF TRAP LIGHT - CAPE CHARLES CITY - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE

The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing Cape Charles Beach Light 1CB (LLNR 21520). In your comments address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Please include the means you using to transit this waterway. Send comments to NO LATER THAN 28 April, 2014 to: Commander (dpw)

Fifth Coast Guard District 431 Crawford Street, Rm. 100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704 Attn.: Albert Grimes Or email comments to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil Charts: 12221 and 12224.

LNM: 13/14


Hazards and Work in Progress

MD - CHESAPEAKE BAY - EASTERN BAY AND SOUTH RIVER - POCOMOKE RIVER - BRIDGE REHABILITATION

Mariners are advised that the rehabilitation of dual steel beam bridges are planned at the US 13 (Ocean Highway) over Pocomoke River, at mile 15.8, in Pocomoke City, MD. Beginning April 2014 until December 2014, the first element in the project will install a suspended platform beneath the bridge reducing the available vertical clearance by two feet to approximately 33 feet, above mean high water. The second element involves repairs to the existing wooden fender system on the east side of the main channel at piers 12 and 13. To facilitate this work, two barges, measuring 20 feet X 10 feet, will be staged alongside the piers during construction, and then be moored alongside the downstream dock on the southeast shoreline. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12228.

DC - UPPER POTOMAC RIVER - WASHINGTON CHANNEL - MARINE CONSTRUCTION

The first phase of construction comprises (in sequential order) Capital Yacht Club, District Pier, Transit Pier, Market Pier and Docks and the associated dock demolition and bulkhead repairs. The second phase of construction is anticipated to commence soon after completion of the first phase and comprises Mooring Field and East Potomac Day Dock, 7th Street Pier, Gangplank Marina, Pier 3, Pier 4 and the associated dock demolition and bulkhead repairs. Type of operation: Construction Location of operation: Washington Channel, Washington, D.C. A. Phase 1 North Boundary: 38 52 51.40N, 077 01 39.09W to 38 52 48.67N/, 077 01 45.77W. B. Phase 1 / 2 Boundary: 38 52 41.54N, 077 01 26.47W to 38 52 38.21N, 077 01 30.76W. C. Phase 2 South Boundary: 38 52 24.22N, 077 01 20.53W to 38 52 27.44N, 077 01 14.53W

Duration of operation: A. Phase 1 - Mar. 2014 to Dec. 2016; B. Phase 2 - Jan. 2017 to Dec. 2020

Vessels involved in the operation: Work barges with cranes (2) VHF-FM Radio Frequencies monitored by vessels on scene: 13 and 16 Point of Contact and 24 hour phone number: Aric Dreher, Cianbro, (443) 677-2021.

Chart: 12289.


VA - CHESAPEAKE BAY - MOBJACK BAY AND YORK RIVER - POQUOSON RIVER - SHOALING

Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Poquoson River Light 14 (LLNR 13200). Chart: 12238.


VA - CHESAPEAKE BAY - RAPPHANNOCK RIVER ENTRANCE - MILFORD HAVEN - SHOALING

Shoaling has been reported as follows: A. To a depth of 3.0 feet MLW from Milford Haven Light 3 (LLNR 14770) and Milford Haven Daybeacon 3A (LLNR 14775). B. To a depth of 4.0 feet MLW channelward from Milford Haven East light 6 (LLNR 14693). C. To a depth of 3.0 feet MLW channelward of Milford Haven East Light 8 (LLNR 14600). Chart: 12235






March 27, 2014

Returning snowbirds, please note:

AICW Mile 20 NORTH LANDING RIVER - DRAWBRIDGE CLOSURE
Mariners are advised that the S165 (Swing) Bridge, at AICW mile 20.2, across North Landing River at Chesapeake VA will be closed to vessels requiring an opening, each day between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM, on TUE, 1 APR 2014 and on WED, 2 APR 2014 to facilitate urgent replacement of bridge electrical cables. In the closed position, the available vertical clearance is approximately 6 feet, above MHW. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.1021. Vessels desiring to transit the AICW during the closure may use the AICW-Alternate Route, Great Dismal Swamp Canal. The controlling depth of the canal is 6 feet. The Great Dismal Swamp Canal locking hours are 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Vessel operators may contact Mr. Joel Scussel at 757-201-7642 regarding the Great Dismal Swamp Canal latest project conditions or the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal closure. Lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13. To avoid delays, mariners are advised to plan their trips accordingly.

February 28, 2014

Search & Rescue

Coast Guard investigating freighter aground in Elizabeth River near Portsmouth, Va.

The Coast Guard is investigating a 590-foot freighter that ran aground Wednesday night, February 26, in the Elizabeth River near Hospital Point in Portsmouth.

A pilot aboard the Hanze Goteborg, a Netherlands-flagged freighter carrying soy beans, contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at 10:30 p.m. reporting the ship soft aground with no reported injuries, pollution or damage.

The Coast Guard dispatched a crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium, who arrived on the scene at 11:45 p.m. to assess damage and continue to monitor the situation. Though the waterway was partially obstructed, it remained open to vessel traffic with restrictions.

Around midnight, the Coast Guard requested the tugboats hold the ship in place and wait until 5 a.m. for a higher tide and a more complete assessment of damage.

The Coast Guard crew transferred three members from Sector Hampton Roads to the Hanze Goteborg around 2:45 a.m.

Three tugboats were able to free the Hanze Goteborg around 6:15 a.m. The freighter was escorted by the tugboats to Lambert's Point, where the freighter moored around 7 a.m.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation, and the Coast Guard requested any necessary repairs be completed and the ship's hull be inspected before the ship leaves port.


January 14, 2014

Contract let for dredging Tangier Island basin and channels

The Norfolk District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $991,500 contract to a Mississippi-based company to dredge the Tangier Island, Va. federal navigation channel.

The contractor, 4H Construction Corporation, will perform maintenance dredging in the channel, removing 55,500 cubic yards of material, which will allow watermen, supply vessels, ferries and recreational boaters safe access to the island.

"It's our lifeline," said Tangier Mayor James Eskridge said in announcing the contract. "It's how the supplies come into the island and how the guys get out working on the water and making their living."

"We are looking at starting onsite operations later this winter," said Jason Flowers, Norfolk District project manager.

The island's east channel is maintained to 8 feet mean lower low water; the west and turning basin are kept at 7 feet mean lower low water. 

Funding for the project is coming from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013.




January 13, 2014


Dredging: Little Wicomico River channel

The dredge "Fuzzy" will be working in the narrow Little Wicomico River channel until about January 24, digging out recently shoaled areas. Because equipment will take up most of the channel during this operation, boaters transiting the area are asked to contact the dredge at least six hours before the desired passage. The dredge monitors channels 16, 13, and 8 or may be contacted at 410-507-0927.

Change to Elizabeth River drawbridge numbers

Telephone numbers have changed at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, and the Centerville Turnpike/SR170 (swing) Bridge, at AICW mile 15.2, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, both in Chesapeake, Va. The new telephone numbers are: Gilmerton Bridge: 757-485-5488; Centerville Bridge: 757-547-3631. 


September 17, 2013

VA-NORFOLK: GREAT BRIDGE LOCKS, REPAIR TO FENDER SYSTEM


The fender system to the Great Bridge Locks will be under repair until September 27. A 120' X 40' construction and material barge, crane barge and assisting tug will be on the scene. The construction supervisor will monitor VHF-FM channel 16. The navigational channel will not be obstructed. Chart: 12206.

MD-BALTIMORE HARBOR, CONSTELLATION TURN-AROUND


Mariners are advised that the annual turn-around of the historic sloop-of-war U.S.S. Constellation is scheduled to occur in the Patapsco River at Baltimore, MD on September 26 (rain date October 3), between 9 a.m. and noon. The event consists of towing the sloop-of-war from its berth at Inner Harbor Pier 1, to the Fort McHenry Angle in Baltimore Harbor, then turning the vessel around, and towing it back to its Inner Harbor berth.

The Coast Guard has established a temporary moving safety zone around the U.S.S. Constellation during the operation. The zone includes all waters within 200 yards ahead of or 100 yards outboard or aft of the ship while operating in the Patapsco River, Northwest Harbor and Inner Harbor. The zone will be enforced from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. Vessels already at berth, mooring, or anchor at the time the safety zone is implemented do not have to depart the safety zone. All vessels underway within this safety zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone.

Mariners desiring to transit the area of the safety zone must first request authorization from the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio VHF-FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz). Coast Guard vessels enforcing the zone can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16. For any questions contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. Chart: 12281.


September 4, 2013

Coast Guard to establish security zone for NFL Kickoff event in Baltimore

The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish a temporary security zone Thursday (September 5) in designated waters of the Baltimore Inner Harbor.

The security zone will be in effect Thursday from 5 p.m. until midnight, and will limit navigation by commercial traffic and prohibit recreational waterway users.
The security zone will include all waters of Baltimore Harbor, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, from shoreline to shoreline and has an eastern boundary extending from the Baltimore National Aquarium to the Rusty Scupper.

Entering or operating in the security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the captain of the port of Baltimore. Vessels already at berth, mooring or anchor at the time the security zone is implemented are not required to depart the security zone.
"Recognizing the temporary safety and security zone will affect mariners transiting the Inner Harbor: we have coordinated closely with our inter-agency and port partners to minimize the impact during the NFL Kickoff event," said Lt. Michael McGrail, the Enforcement Division chief at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore.

To seek permission to transit the area, call 410-576-2693 or use marine-band radio via VHF-FM channel 16.


August 30, 2013

Piankatank River, Gwynn Island Bridge closure


Mariners are advised that structural rehabilitation and tender house modification will be conducted at the VA State Route 233 (swing) Bridge over Milford Haven at Gwynn's Island near Hudgins. The construction work may require four 24-hour periods where the drawbridge will be unable to open to navigation between October 1 and March 31. Closings will be broadcast during local notices to mariners. Vertical clearance of the swing bridge closed is about 12 feet mean high water. 

(Tom Hale of the Waterway Guide has reported that the bridge mechanics broke down August 25, and that the bridge will remain closed until repair work can be completed.) 

Gilmerton Bridge Demolition Update

Mariners are advised that bridge demolition work continues on the old Gilmerton (US13/460) (36.775082° -76.294999°) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Va. To facilitate the demolition work, mariners are advised that until December 31 PCL construction will be placing an environmental containment cell around the old bascule pier and its fenders on the east side only. The channel-ward side of the containment cell will be rigidly connected to the existing fender system with 8" x 8" timber fenders attached, effectively reducing the channel horizontal clearance from to 124 ft. During installation and removal there will be a 60 ft-wide barge in the channel, which can be moved, with a 1 hour advanced notice. PCL can be reached via VHF channel 13 and 16 or via the Gilmerton Bridge tender on VHF channel 13. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this area. 

I-64 High Rise Bridge No Openings

This will not affect those who can manage a 65-foot vertical clearance. Mariners are advised that the I-64 Lift Bridge (36.757734°-76.296228°), at AICW mile 7.1, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at Chesapeake, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening to facilitate maintenance of the moveable spans from 7 a.m., on Friday, September 13, through 5 p.m., on Sunday, September 15, and again from 7 a.m., on Friday, September 20, through 5 p.m., on Sunday, September 22, 2013. Inclement weather dates will be from 7 a.m., on Friday, September 27, through 5 p.m., on Sunday, September 29. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate as usual. 

Yorktown Weapons Station Dredging

The Dredge MOBRO 112 will be conducting dredging operations at the Yorktown Weapons Station (37.254729° -76.532382°) until September 30. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. 

Lafayette River Dredging

The W. F. Magann Corp. will be conducting dredging operations in the Lafayette River outside of the navigational channel, opposite the Norfolk Yacht Club (36.904974° -76.308199°) until November 30. The assisting tug CAPTAIN REESE will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. 

Norfolk Naval Base Dredging

The Dredge LEXINGTON will be conducting dredging operations at the Norfolk Naval Base Piers 1 through 12 until November 1. A submerged pipeline will cross the channel at Elizabeth River Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 9525) (36-55-51.573N, 076-20-11.249W) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 12 (LLNR 9530). The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. 

Choptank River Artificial Reef Construction

Mariners are advised that artificial reef construction operations are scheduled to conclude in the Choptank River on October 5, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Artificial Reef Program, has been deploying about 300 reef-ball structures at a permitted underwater site located between the Sen. Frederick C. Malkus, Jr., Memorial Bridge (U.S. 50, in case you don't recognize the name) and the Bill Burton Fishing Pier (southern), within the 300-foot long charted fish haven near the Dorchester County shoreline.

New Aquaculture Sites

Metompkin Seafood has established regulatory markers in the Big Annemessex River to mark the corners of two aquaculture sites. All markers are white with an orange (red) diamond and worded "DANGER".

A. Big Annemessex River- East: Warning Marker A 38 03 17.1N, 075 47 50.6W. Warning Marker B 38 03 27.1N, 075 47 53.0W. Warning Marker C 38 03 29.4N, 075 47 46.8W. Warning Marker D 38 03 45.6N, 075 47 35.6W. Warning Marker E 38 03 44.0N, 075 47 21.3W. Warning Marker F 38 03 19.2N, 075 47 45.1W.

B. Big Annemessex River-Moon Bay: Warning Marker A 38 03 53.9N, 075 47 54.3W. Warning Marker B 38 04 03.4N, 075 48 13.9W. Warning Marker C 38 04 21.8N, 075 48 13.9W. Warning Marker D 38 04 09.9N, 075 47 39.4W. (5th District LNM Week 32/2013)

And in the Little Annemessex River here:

A. Little Annemessex River- Lower West: Warning Marker A 37 59 00.30N, 075 52 00.60W. Warning Marker B 37 59 28.40N, 075 51 52.40W. Warning Marker C 37 59 35.80N, 075 52 10.90W. Warning Marker D 37 59 38.60N, 075 51 58.60W. Warning Marker E 37 59 30.40n, 075 51 43.20W. Warning Marker F 37 59 03.20N, 075 51 52.90W.

B. Little Annemessex River-Upper West: Warning Marker A 37 59 42.00N, 075 51 27.70W. Warning Marker B 37 59 42.00N, 075 51 35.50W. Warning Marker C 37 59 35.80N, 075 51 35.80W. Warning Marker D 37 59 28.70N, 075 51 28.70W.

C. Little Annemessex River-East: Warning Marker A 37 59 41.12N, 075 51 22.10W. Warning Marker B 37 59 45.96N, 075 51 17.82W. Warning Marker C 37 59 41.52N, 075 51 07.15W. Warning Marker D 37 59 38.54N, 075 51 09.68W.



July 2013


The Coast Guard wants to "disestablish" about 100 miles worth of the narrow shallow channel known as the Virginia Inside Passage. This would mean the removal of 135 aids to navigation between Chincoteague and the northwest wide of Fisherman Island. The Coast Guard says extensive shoaling along the channel has made navigation nearly impossible even for boats with very shallow draft and that the Army Corps of Engineers lacks the funding for the necessary dredging. This disestablishment would not affect the routes east-west routes or the inlets. Antidisestablishmentarians argue that the passage is part of the Inland Waterway system and that, as Accomack Supervisor Ron Wolff put it, it would be like abandoning part of an interstate highway. Abandoning the passage will hurt the communities economically, they argue, by discouraging visiting boaters and anglers. The Coast Guard is asking for comments on the proposal before August 5. If you want to chime in, write to Albert Grimes at Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil or 431 Crawford St., Room 100, Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004.

June 2013

Rudee Inlet, VA
Like breathing in and breathing out, Rudee Inlet shoals in and then is dredged out. Most recently, shoaling to a depth of 6 feet MLW has been reported across the channel from the east end of the jetty out about 250 feet. Dredging will follow, but in the meantime, use caution when entering or leaving the inlet.

Severn River, MD
Up the Bay, the dredging machinery has been hard at work at two locations on Maryland's Severn River. About 14,000 cubic yards of sediment has been hauled out of the upper reaches of the river for about 4,200 feet, giving boaters there a new depth of 4 to 6 feet MLW. Downriver, 2,200 cubic yards of gunk has been dredged from Saltworks Creek, leaving 420-feet of channel with 3 to 6 feet at MLW.

July Railroad Bridge Closing/Norfolk
Norfolk Southern's No. 5 Railroad Bridge, which is at mile 1.1 across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, will be closed to navigation for rail welding from 11 a.m. to1 p.m., July 8-10 and 15-16. The bridge will operate as usual at other times.


May 17, 2013

In Maryland, off the Patapsco River, a temporary decking platform under the I-695 Bridge, at mile 1.3, across Bear Creek, will reduce vertical clearance to about 52 feet MHW through October 1. A 200-foot spud barge will be used in navigable water, but won't interfere with navigation of the waterway.

In Virginia, the U.S. 17/George P. Coleman Memorial Swing Bridge , at mile 7, at Yorktown will not open from 7 a.m., on Monday, July 8, to 5 p.m., Friday, July 12, for electrical work. The closed vertical clearance is about 60 feet MHW. 

On the Eastern Shore, the S.R. 13 lift bridge over the Nanticoke River near Seaford, Del., remains locked in the closed position as a result of damaged caused by Hurricane Sandy last fall.

March 12, 2013

GPS TESTING - CHESAPEAKE BAY

1. The GPS navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems that rely on GPS. E-911, AIS and DCS, may be affected at an approximate testing center point of 38-15.684N, 076-28.202W, with a possible impact radius of 14.35 NM from center point.(Generally in the area of the lower Patuxent River and Solomons Island)

2. GPS testing is scheduled to be conducted as follows:

A. 21 - 22 March 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.

B. 25 - 29 March 2013 from1300Z - 2000Z.

C. 01 - 05 April 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.

D. 08 - 12 April 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.

E. 15 - 19 April 2013 from 1300Z - 2000Z.

3. More information is available at the Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) web site WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. During this period GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that they may experience to the Navigation Information Service (NIS) by calling (703) 313-5900 or by using the NAVCEN web site to submit a GPS report.

MD - ANNAPOLIS, MD DGPS SITE UNUSABLE TIME

1. Unusable maintenance time is approved for the Annapolis, MD DGPS site as follows:

A. PRIMARY: 26 MAR 2013 1300Z - 1500Z (0900 - 1100 EDT).

B. ALTERNATE: 27 MAR 2013 1300Z - 1500Z (0900 - 1100 EDT).

MARINE RADIO ACTIVATED SOUND SIGNAL (MRASS) ON SOUND SIGNAL (FOG)INSTALLED AIDS TO NAVIGATION

The Coast Guard is in the process of replacing traditional fog detector signal equipment with Marine Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS) systems. The LNM will advertise in the ADVANCE NOTICE SECTION when a particular fog signal equipped aid will be converted. The Light List, Vol. II, page xiii (Other Short Range Aids to Navigation) gives a description of fog signal equipment and MRASS activation procedures. Once converted, the sound signal will be activated by the mariner by keying their VHF-FM radio 5 times on VHF-FM Channel 83 (157.175MHz). When keyed, the sound signal will be activated for 30 minutes and then turn off automatically. The Light List, Remarks Section (8) will indicate if the aid is MRASS and the activation process. No chart symbol is presently available to identify a MRASS.

PROPOSED CHANGES

MD -SOUTH RIVER - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE

The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing South River Daybeacon 14 (LLNR 19640). In your comments address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Please include the means you using to transit this waterway. Send comments no later than 26 March, 2013 to: Commander (dpw)

Fifth Coast Guard District 431 Crawford Street, Rm. 100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704 Attn.: Albert Grimes or email comments to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil Chart: 12270.

MD -ST. JEROME CREEK - PIER CONSTRUCTION

Chesapeake Fresh Oyster Company will construct an authorized addition to their existing pier. The pier is just outside of the St. Jeromes Creek Federal Navigation Project in position 38 07 08.497N, 076 20 45.388W. Construction Supervisor may be contacted on (410) 615-0885. Chart: 12123.

VA -LYNNHAVEN RIVER/LONG CREEK - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE

The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on changing Long Creek Junction Daybeacon BL (LLNR 10185) to a buoy. In your comments, please address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Also; include, in your correspondence the means you are using to navigate this waterway any electric sensors used while transiting this portion of the waterway.

Send comments no later than April 8 to: Commander (dpw)

Fifth Coast Guard District 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704

Attn.: Albert Grimes or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil Charts: 12253

GENERAL

VA/MD - POTOMAC RIVER - HARRY NICE BRIDGE REHABILITATION

Mariners are advised that work will be ongoing through April 31, 2015, for painting and steel work rehabilitation at the Harry Nice Bridge across the Potomac River, mile 50.0, in Dahlgren, Va. The barge will not block the navigational channel and the bridge will remain open to marine traffic. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart : 12286.

EVENTS

MD -SEVERN RIVER - SAFETY AT SEA SEMINAR - REGULATED AREA

The U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron will sponsor its annual Safety-at-Sea Seminar in the Severn River adjacent to the U. S. Naval Academy, between the Naval Academy (SR-450) Bridge and Triton Light (LLN-19780), on Saturday, April 6, at 11:30 a.m. The event includes on-water activities involving small boats and other vessels, a low- flying helicopter and pyrotechnics demonstrations.

Coast Guard special local regulations establish a regulated area for all waters of the Severn River (from shoreline to shoreline), bounded to the northwest by a line drawn from the south shoreline at 39°00'38.9" N, 076°31'05.2" W, thence to the north shoreline at 39°00'54.7" N, 076°30'44.8" W, this line is approximately 1300 yards northwest of the Severn River (US-50) Bridge. The regulated area is bounded to the southeast by a line drawn from the Naval Academy Light at 38°58'39.5" N, 076°28'49" W, thence southeast to a point 700 yards east of Chinks Point, at 38°58'1.9" N, 076°28'1.7" W, thence northeast to Greenbury Point at 38°58'29" N, 076°27'16" W. The regulated area will be enforced from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 6. The effect will be to restrict vessel traffic on certain waters of the Severn River. The Coast Guard Patrol Commander may forbid and control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area. Coast Guard vessels enforcing this regulated area can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16 or 22A. When hailed or signaled by an official patrol vessel, a vessel in the area shall immediately comply with the directions given. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the area, citation for failure to comply, or both. Mariners are urged to schedule their transits on this waterway beyond the enforcement times. For any comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. Charts 12282, 12283.

MD -SEVERN RIVER AND ANNAPOLIS HARBOR - Sailing regattas

The Annapolis Yacht Club's 2013 Regattas (18 sail racing events) are scheduled to occur on the Chesapeake Bay or Severn River, most held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the following dates:

April 20 (Spring One Design) and April 27-28 (USCG Foundation Overnight); May 3-5 (NOOD Regatta), May 15-18 (Farr 40 Mid-Atlantics) and May 18-19 (Lippincott Regatta); June 1-2 (CRAB Cup in Annapolis Harbor), June 15-16 (Annual Regatta); July 3 (Junior Annual Regatta) and July 27 (Summer OD Regatta); September 21 (Hospice Cup); October 5-6 (Fall Series 1), October 12 (Fall Series 2), October 19-20 (Fall Series 3) and October 26-27 (Fall Etchells, Corinthian Cup and Halloween Howl); October 31-November 3 (J/105 Ches Bay) and November 17-18 (I 420 Atlantic Coast).


Most races will occur near the mouth of the Severn River, between the William P. Lane Jr. Memorial (Chesapeake Bay) Bridges and Bloody Point (Kent Island), Maryland.

For additional information, interested persons may link to individual events by contacting the AYC Regatta Management website at www.race.annapolisyc.org. Chart 12270.

MD -NANTICOKE RIVER - BIVALVE - Regulated area

Mariners are advised that the annual "Nanticoke River Swim & Triathlon" will be held on the Nanticoke River on Sunday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The open water event includes approximately 400 participants swimming on a 3-mile and 1.8-mile triangular courses, and a triathlon sprint course along the north jetty at the Cedar Hill Marina in Bivalve, Maryland. As described in Title 33 CFR Section 100.501, special local regulations establish a regulated area for all waters of the Nanticoke River, including Bivalve Channel and Bivalve Harbor, bounded by a line drawn from a point on the shoreline at latitude 38°18′00′′ N, longitude 075°54′00′′ W, thence westerly to latitude 38°18′00′′ N, longitude 075°55′00′′ W, thence northerly to latitude 38°20′00′′ N, longitude 075°53′48′′ W, thence easterly to latitude 38°19′42′′ N, longitude 075°52′54′′ W. The regulated area will be enforced from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on May 5. For any comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at (410) 576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. Chart 12230.

DC - UPPER POTOMAC RIVER - WASHINGTON CHANNEL - Fireworks Display Safety Zone


Mariners are advised that the annual "National Cherry Blossom Festival" fireworks display is scheduled to occur in Washington Channel on Saturday, April 6, at 8:30 p.m. As described in the Table to Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 165.506, a safety zone is established upon the waters of the Upper Potomac River, within a 150-yard radius of the fireworks barge located in approximate position latitude 38° 52' 09" N, longitude 077° 01' 13" W, located within the Washington Channel in Washington, DC. The fireworks barge within the regulated area will have a diamond-shaped, 4 feet by 4 feet sign with orange retro-reflective border affixed to the port and starboard sides of the barge labeled ''FIREWORKS-DANGER-STAY AWAY'' with black block letters on a white background to provide on scene notice that the safety zone will be enforced. The zone will be enforced from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on April 6, 2013. The effect will be to restrict vessel traffic in the Washington Channel. The Captain of the Port Baltimore can be contacted by telephone at (410) 576-2693 or by marine band radio on VHF-FM Channel 16. All Coast Guard vessels enforcing this zone can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM Channel 16. Comments or questions should be directed to Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at telephone number (410) 576-2674 or e-mail Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. Chart 12289.




February 20, 2013

Winter is a quiet time for the Coast Guard as well as for us recreational boaters. But as we reach the end of February, spring is almost sight-despite the fact that the temperatures and winds remain icy. Activity on the water is picking up as well, with dredging and construction projects coming to life. So, with that in mind, here are the recent notices that may affect your early season cruising . . . and beyond.-jas

Proposed Changes


Sound Signals and Daymarks


A good buoy is a silent buoy. That seems to be the prevailing sentiment at the Coast Guard these days. In the past several years, Coast Guard has silenced bells and horns that have sounded over the waterways for decades. Now the Coast Guard is proposing to silence a couple of the sound signals a on the Delaware Bay-until they are activated by mariners in times of reduced visibility. This latest plan is currently out for comment, but, if approved, may augur similar changes for some Chesapeake sound signals. Here is the official text from a recent Notice to Mariners:

NJ - DELAWARE BAY - CAPE MAY CANAL WEST ENTRANCE - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE - SOUND SIGNAL CHANGE
On or about March 5, the sound signal (horn) on Cape May Canal West Entrance North Jetty Light 11 (LLNR 1675), will be converted to a Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS). Once converted, the sound signal (horn) may be activated by the mariner by following the steps listed below. Following activation, the MRASS will provide a sound signal for approximately 30 minutes and then automatically secure.
"To activate the Sound Signal during periods of reduced visibility mariners use VHF-FM channel 83A/157.175MHz and key microphone 5 times when within a range of 1nm of the light. The Sound Signal will activate and provide the signal as advertised in the Light List."
In your comments, please address the impact these proposed changes may impose on your operation. Also; include, in your correspondence the means by which you are using to navigate this waterway and any electric sensors used while transiting the area. Send comments to:
Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Chris O'Neal
Or email to: Christopher.a.oneal@uscg.mil
Charts : 12323, 13003, 12300, 12324, 13006.

The same proposal has been made for the Manasquan Inlet, N.J., sound signal.

On the other hand, the Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue altogether the sound signal (fog signal) for the Harbor of Refuge Light (LLNR 1530) off Cape Helopen, Del. Comments on this one are open until March 28 at the same address as above.

On the Chesapeake, the Coast Guard is proposing to remove two aids to navigation in Little Creek Cove in the southern Bay. Here is the NTM language:

VA - CHESAPEAKE BAY - CAPE HENRY TO THIMBLE SHOAL - LITTLE CREEK HARBOR - LITTLE CREEK COVE - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing and removal of Little Creek Cove Range Front Daybeacon (LLNR10565) and Little Creek Cove Range Rear Daybeacon (LLNR 10570).
In your comments, please address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Also; include, in your correspondence the means you are using to navigate this waterway any electric sensors used while transiting this portion of the waterway. Send comments no later than 18 March, 2013 to:
Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Attn.: Albert Grimes
Or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil
Charts: 12222, 12254, 12255 and 12256.

Bridge Construction



This proposal involves bridge-building over three tributaries of the Anacostia River for the new Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. They are off the river and should not affect marine traffic.

MD - CHESAPEAKE BAY - POTOMAC RIVER- ANACOSTIA RIVER TRIBUTARIES - PUBLIC NOTICE

An application has been received by the Commander, Fifth District Coast Guard from the firm of RK & K, on behalf of the District of Columbia, Department of Transportation (DCDOT), for the proposed construction of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, 3.9 miles along the east bank of the Anacostia River over three tributaries in the District of Columbia and Prince Georges County, MD. The new bridges will span Beaver Dam Creek, an unnamed creek, and a tidal gut into Kenilworth Marsh and will have vertical clearances of 5 feet, 1.5 feet, and 5 feet above mean high water respectively; along with horizontal clearances of 10 feet, 6 feet, and 10 feet respectively. DCDOT is also requesting a waiver of a Coast Guard bridge permit under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 115.70; Advance approval for bridges. Advance approval waterways are those that are navigable in law, but not actually navigated by other than small boats. The Commandant of the Coast Guard has given advance approval to the construction or repair of bridges across such waterways.
Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address no later than March 6, 2013. A copy of Public Notice 5-1287, which describes the proposal in detail, can be viewed at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges or obtained by calling (757) 398-6587. Chart: 12285.


Changes


Cable Clearance



Baltimore Gas and Electric has declared a new cable clearance height in two locations.
• Across Big Burley Cove on Stoney Creek, which is 47 feet MHW. Its height was previously uncharted.
• Across Otter Creek/Flying Point, which is now reduced to 49 feet MHW from a charted 54 feet MHW.


Dredging


MD - SUSQUEHANNA RIVER
The dredge Lexington will be conducting dredging operations in the Susquehanna River in the vicinity of Havre De Grace from now until March 30. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM 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. A No Wake transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge.
Chart: 12274.

MD -UPPER CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has completed dredging the shoaled area in the Upper Chesapeake Channel, between Upper Chesapeake Channel LB 36 (LLNR 8630) and a position midway between Upper Chesapeake Channel LB 38 (LLNR 8640) and Upper Chesapeake Channel LB 40 (LLNR 8785).
Chart 12273.

MD - FISHING CREEK at CHESAPEAKE BEACH
Dredging operations are scheduled for Fishing Creek at Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County, from not until March 1. The work will occur from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with longer periods of operation possible. Dredging is expected to occur for a distance of 4,000 feet from the marina, using pipeline sunken in the harbor and also approximately one mile down to another location on the shore, where two designated placement sites exist. All equipment will be marked and lighted.
Chart: 12266.


Bridges


VA -JAMES RIVER BRIDGE CLOSURE
The U.S. 17/258 Bridge across the James River, at mile 5.0, between Isle of Wight and Newport News, will be closed to navigation on weekends until February 25; with inclement weather dates from 12:01 a.m. on March 2 to 5 a.m. on March 4. Only emergency openings will be provided with up to a two-hour delay in opening. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is about 60 feet MHW.
Chart: 12248.

VA - ELIZABETH RIVER - SOUTHERN BRANCH (AICW) --NEW (FIXED) STEEL BRIDGE
Construction will be underway through March 2017 for the replacement of the Dominion Boulevard/U.S. 17 (Lift) Bridge across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at AICW mile 8.8, in Chesapeake. This is commonly known as the Steel Bridge. The new bridge will have a 95-foot high-level fixed span and new approaches on essentially the same alignment. The operation will consist of construction of a new bridge, removal and replacement of the bridge fender system, demolition of the existing bridge and construction of a second new bridge, along with in-water work involving pile driving, concrete pier construction and girder erection. Tugboats will be used and will monitor VHF Channel 13 in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Check for future notices on this replacement bridge project and use extreme caution when transiting the area.
Chart: 12253

VA - ELIZABETH RIVER - SOUTHERN BRANCH (AICW) - GILMERTON BRIDGE
Speaking of major bridge projects, here is one that never seems to end: the new Gilmerton (US13/460) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake. The draw span will be closed to vessels requiring an opening each night, from 8 pm to 5 am, from now until Friday, February 22. Only emergency openings will be provided with a 3-hour advance notice by contacting the bridge tender at 757-485-5488. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 35 feet MHW. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate as usual. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should use extreme caution when transiting the area.
Chart: 12253.



Here is the Notice to Chesapeake Mariners for December 7, 2012

Two items of particular note are the closing of the Norfolk Southern railway bridge at mile 2.7 of the ICW December 18-21; and the closing of the Dismal Swamp Canal bridge in South Mill, N.C., December 10-15. For exact times, see the Notices below.

Advance notices


MD - CHESAPEAKE BAY TO PINEY POINT - LITTLE WICOMICO RIVER - SLOUGH CREEK - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE
Due to shoaling in Slough Creek the following aids to navigation cannot be rebuilt as advertised in Vol. II of the Light List and will be changed to lighted wreck buoys to mark hazards to navigation: A. Slough Creek Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 16405) to Slough Creek Lighted Wreck Buoy WR7. B. Slough Creek Daybeacon 8 ( LLNR 16410) to Slough Creek Lighted Wreck Buoy WR8 .
Chart: 12233. Send comments no later than18 December, 2012 to: Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District 439 Crawford Street, Rm.100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004 Attn.: Albert Grimes Or Email: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil

VA - CHESAPEAKE BAY - WOLF TRAP TO SMITH POINT LIGHT - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE
On or about January 31, 2013, the Wolf Trap Degaussing Lighted Bell Buoy WT2 (LLNR 7260) will be permanently discontinued. Chart: 12224, 12225, 12226. (Editor's note: See the Cruisers Exchange column in the upcoming February 2013 issue of the magazine for an interesting sidelight to this change)

Proposed changes


MD - APPROACHES TO BALTIMORE HARBOR -PATAPSCO RIVER - CURTIS BAY- AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on the discontinuance and removal of the sound signal from the following Aid to Navigation: A. Curtis Bay Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 6 (LLNR 20895).
Charts: 12281, 12278.
Send comments no later than 02 January, 2013 to: Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District 439 Crawford Street, Rm.100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004 Attn.: CWO Mike Davis

VA - CHESAPEAKE BAY - THIMBLE SHOAL - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on the discontinuance and removal of the sound signals from the following Aids to Navigation: A. Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 5 (LLNR 9225). B. Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 13 (LLNR 9275). C. Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 16 (LLNR 9290). D. Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 17 (LLNR 9295).
Charts: 12222, 12221, 12245, 12254.
Send comments no later than 18 December, 2012 to: Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District 439 Crawford Street, Rm.100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004 Attn.: CWO Mike Davis

General


MD - CHESAPEAKE BAY - PATUXENT RIVER - ST. LEONARD CREEK - OVERHEAD CABLE REPLACEMENT
Mariners are advised that a Southern Maryland Electric Company aerial transmission wire installation project is scheduled to occur on St. Leonard Creek from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. during December 18-22, 2012 and from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. during December 26-31, 2012. The work is located at Planters Wharf in Calvert County, MD, in approximate position latitude 38° 25' 57" N, longitude 076° 29' 09" W. The work involves the installation of eight overhead wires crossing the St. Leonard Creek at electric utility transmission towers located on shore. The wires will be flown to the site by helicopter. While the wire installation will be performed under reduced tension, allowances will be made to maintain a 65-foot vertical clearance over the creek during the work. Contractor-provided watercraft will be on scene to alert any approaching watercraft to the work in progress; the passage of waterway traffic may be temporarily restricted. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Interested mariners may contact the C.W. Wright Construction Company project manager at telephone number (919) 218-2240.
Chart: 12264.

VA - CHESAPEAKE BAY - NORFOLK HARBOR AND ELIZABETH RIVER (EASTERN BRANCH) - BRIDGE CLOSURE
Mariners are advised that the Norfolk Southern #V2.8 Railroad Bridge, at mile 2.7, across the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m., on December 18, 2012 to 8 a.m., on December 21, 2012, to facilitate bearing replacement work. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 6 feet, above mean high water. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.1007(a). Mariners able to pass under the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time and use extreme caution when transiting the area.
Chart: 12253.

VA - NEWPORT NEWS CHANNEL - DREDGING

The Dredge ESSEX will begin dredging operations in Newport News Channel on December 7 in the vicinity of Newport News Channel Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 10850) with a completion date on or about of December 31, 2012. The Norfolk Harbor portions will take approximately 40 days and extend from 1 mile North Newport News Channel Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 10865) to green buoy 19. A pipeline will be placed from the dredging area to Craney Island Disposal Area. This part of the project is expected to be completed on or about February 25, 2013. The dredge and assisting tugs will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. It is requested that all vessels contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to time of passage and transit at a NO WAKE speed.
Chart: 12214.

VA/NC - (AICW) - GREAT BRIDGE TO ALBEMARLE SOUND - ALTERNATE ROUTE - GREAT DISMAL SWAMP CANAL - DRAWBRIDGE CLOSURE

Mariners are advised that the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Bridge, at AICW mile 28.0, in South Mills, N.C., will closed to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m., on December 10 through 5 p.m., on December 14 to facilitate hydraulic repairs. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.820. There is zero vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position. The Great Bridge to Albemarle Sound via the Great Bridge Locks is operating on normal schedule. Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly.
Chart: 12206.



November 27, 2012

Unmarked Hazard in Kent Narrows

This email arrived last week from Capt. Rob Chichester of Somerville, N.J.:

"In October of 2011, I was returning to Rock Hall through Kent Narrows after a night in Dividing Creek off the Wye River.  My Hunter 410, Bay Poet, stuck on something hard on the left side of the channel right before the final pair of marks to the Chester River.  I had to be towed off of the obstruction.  When my boat was hauled for the winter, I realized that the starboard wing on my keel had been deflected upwards as my boat bounced with waves on the obstruction.  Inspecting the underside of the keel revealed marks that suggested the obstruction might have been a piece of rebar or some similarly shaped cylindrical object.
 
I am extremely hesitant to use the Narrows again now.  It is one thing to bump into soft mud.  It is quite another to get caught on submerged structural steel."

Rob attached these photos of the damage done to his keel:






 



September 14, 2012

MD Chesapeake Bay
Radar Sensing Operations near Solomons



Mariners are advised that a series of on-water radar sensing operations are scheduled to occur in the Chesapeake Bay on September 19-21 and September 26-28. The dynamic tests will occur in an area south of Solomons, MD and will involve using surface vessels (a moving platform and moving targets) to test an automated detection and reaction system. The target vessels used in the test may be small, low-profile watercraft. Operations will be based out of Solomons. Interested mariners can hail on scene vessels on marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16. Questions or concerns may be directed to WatchStander, LLC at telephone (703) 742-0310, or U. S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore at (410) 576-2693.




September 12, 2012

VA Elizabeth River, Southern Branch
Closure of Gilmerton Bridge Postponed



The early September closure of the Gilmerton Bridge on the Elizabeth River has been postponed until further notice, according to the Captain of Port Hampton Roads. The closure, which had already been postponed once, was to place the lift span on the new bridge. If you are planning a trip south, check with www.gilmertonbridge.org for the latest news. It is quite likely that the closure will indeed take place later this month.



August 31, 2012

VA - ELIZABETH RIVER - SOUTHERN BRANCH - GILMERTON BRIDGE - SAFETY ZONE

The Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads is establishing a Safety Zone while the new center span for the Gilmerton Bascule Bridge are being transported and put into place. The announced dates for this transit are now from September 5 at 6 a.m. until September 9. The alternate weather dates are September 10-14. The Safety Zone will encompass the transportation of the bridge's new center span from the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River at the Campostella Bridge to the Gilmerton Bridge site on the Southern Branch. The Safety Zone is all waters within 200 feet either side of the Gilmerton Bridge. Concerned traffic are requested to avoid the transiting area and may contact the bridge on VHF-FM channel 13. Chart: 12253.

Ed's note: This closing date was originally set for August, but was changed because of construction delays. So these dates may well change again. We'll let you know as soon as we know.




August 21, 2012

Notices from NTM District Five, 13-12


DE - DELAWARE BAY - CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE CANAL - AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE

The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on the following Aid to Navigation changes: A. Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Lighted Bell Buoy CD (LLNR 2745) - Discontinuance and removal of the sound signal. B. Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Light 3 (LLNR 2760) - Eliminating the higher intensity light sector currently directed toward the Reedy Point Bridge. This proposed change will result in a light with equal light intensity 360 degrees. The characteristic will remain Fl G 2.5s. Charts: 12277, 12311. Send comments no later than 25 September, 2012 to: Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District 439 Crawford Street, Rm.100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004 Attn.: CWO Mike Davis


MD - CHESAPEAKE BAY - CHOPTANK RIVER (CAMBRIDGE TO GREENSBORO) - PRELIMINARY PUBLIC NOTICE

Mariners are advised that Maryland State Highway Administration is proposing to construct a new fixed bridge on MD 331, adjacent to the existing drawbridge, over Choptank River, at mile 35.3, in Dover, MD. The existing drawbridge, a historic through truss swing-span, will remain in place and left in the open position to vessels pending an environmental evaluation pursuant under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The proposed new fixed bridge will provide a minimum vertical clearance of 48 feet, above mean high water, with an 80-foot wide horizontal clearance. It is requested that mariners and adjacent property owners express their views from a navigational standpoint, in writing, on the proposed project giving sufficient detail to establish a clear understanding of their reasons for support of or opposition to this project. The information gathered as a result of the preliminary public notice will assist the US Coast Guard in determining adequate minimum horizontal and vertical clearances for the proposed crossing of Choptank River. Comments should be forwarded to the above address attention (dpb) no later than September 10, 2012. Copies of Preliminary Public Notice 5-1273 which describes the proposal in detail can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6587 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. Chart: 12268.

MD - CHESAPEAKE BAY - CHOPTANK RIVER (CAMBRIDGE TO GREENSBORO) - TOWER CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Mariners are advised that a Potomac Electric Power Company tower construction project is scheduled to occur along the Choptank River from August 13, 2012 through September 30, 2012. The daily work involves constructing a new concrete support base and aerial electric utility transmission tower along the river bank near the existing tower, outside the navigable channel. The work is located approximately one mile downriver of the Dover Bridge Road (SR-331) Bridge in Talbot County, MD, between Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 52 (LLNR 25220) and Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 54 (LLNR 25225). Marine equipment on scene includes a spudded crane barge, two materials barges and two tender vessels, in approximate position latitude 38°43'55"N, longitude 076°00'40"W. All equipment will be marked and lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Interested mariners may contact the McLean Contracting Company at telephone number (410) 979-3723. Chart :12268.

MD /WASH DC - CHESAPEAKE BAY - BUSH RIVER - GUNPOWDER RIVER - POTOMAC RIVER - ANACOSTIA RIVER

Mariners are advised that engineering consultants, on behalf of AMTRAK, will be performing underwater inspections of the piers, abutments, and/or fender systems, during daylight hours on the tentative schedule, each day from 20 - 24 August 2012, at the following railroad bridge sites:

1) Across Bush River, mile 6.8, at Perryman MD

2) Across Gunpowder River, mile 7.0, at Chase MD

3) Across Anacostia River, mile 4.7, at Washington DC

All inspection work will be conducted from a 21-foot Carolina skiff or a 14-foot Jon boat (depending on waterway size). During the inspection work, the channels will be clear and will not obstruct vessel traffic. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.Charts 12274, 12289

MD - PATUXENT RIVER/SOLOMONS ISLAND - UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND UMCES RESEARCH PIER - PIER REPAIR

Pier construction and repair at the University of Maryland UMCES Research Pier Solomons Island, Patuxent River will commence on 6 August, 2012 with a completion date of approximately 7 October, 2012. The Crane Barge 107 and Materials Barge 440 will be on site and lighted per USCG regulations as well as showing day shapes for applicable work. Mariners may contact the Tug Spirit on VHF-FM channels 16/13 or call 410- 355-2000 to establish communication with the barge captain during the repair period. Chart: 12284.

VA - CHESAPEAKE BAY ENTRANCE - CAPE HENRY/FORT STORY - MILITARY OPERATIONS

The U.S. Navy and Army will be conducting military cargo operations off of Cape Henry/Ft. Story from 13 to 31 August, 2012. Two military cargo ships will be anchored in positions 36-56.36N, 076-02.00W and 36-56.41N, 076-02.20W respectively. They will be anchored for the duration of the exercise and conducting operations to the beach using Navy/Army causeway ferries, warping tugs, and utility boats. There will be two security boats on scene at all times. In addition, from 21 to 24 August, the Navy will be deploying ABLTS (Amphibious Bulk Liquid Transfer System), a 10000+ ft of hose , from the ship to the shore line. It is requested that all pleasure craft remain clear of the exercise vessels and maintain a distance of 500 yds. from all operations. Chart: 12254.




August 20, 2012

Rock Hall Dredges a New Channel



The entrance to Rock Hall harbor has recently been made straighter and deeper and the new channel re-marked by the Coast Guard. This will allow boaters easier and more dependable access to the perennially popular destination. The controlling depth of the channel is now 7 feet MLW, and it follows a direct path into the harbor, rather than angling to the west. The theory is that this will improve the harbor's ability to flush heavy rains and runoff directly out into the Bay, parallel with the channel, instead of pushing silt across an angled channel. The month-long project, which removed 6,400 cubic yards of silt and clay, cost $230,663 and paid for by Maryland's Waterway Improvement Fund.

August 15, 2012

Gilmerton Bridge channel closing for 7 hours


The full channel through the Gilmerton Lift Bridge on the southern branch of the Elizabeth River will be closed to traffic from 5 a.m. to noon on Sunday, August 19. All mariners are advised to avoid transiting the area during this time.


Kent Narrows Discussion


For the continuing discussion on the Kent Narrows channel-and to add your experience here-join us on the Cruisers Exchange.


August 2012

Here are reports of new shoaling from the Coast Guard's Fifth District:


Slaughter Creek, Little Choptank River: Shoaling to a depth of less than 3 feet MLW has been reported between Slaughter Creek red flashing "4" and Slaughter Creek red daymark "6", extending across the channel. Shoaling has also been reported crossing the channel between Slaughter Creek red daymark "6" and Slaughter Creek green daymark "7".

Lynnhaven River, Eastern Branch: Shoaling to a depth of 3 feet MLW has been reported between Lynnhaven River Eastern Branch buoy "2EB" and Lynnhaven River Eastern Branch buoy "2A".



August 2012


Kent Narrows Shoaling Update


Chesapeake Bay Magazine editors continue to hear indirect and anecdotal reports that recent shoaling at the north end of the Kent Island Narrows may be even worse, or perhaps more widespread, than indicated by recent Coast Guard reports. The most recent Coast Guard info was that there was shoaling to less than 5 feet MLW in the center of the channel near the number 3 marker in the northern approach (N 38.978740-W 76.243229) If you have been through the Narrows recently and have anything to add to that, please email us here, so that we can share it with your fellow readers. Thank you!


July 2012

Shoaling on Kent Narrows


The Coast Guard reports shoaling to less than 5 feet MLW in the center of the channel near Kent Island Narrows northern approach lighted buoy 3. The coordinates are: N 38.978740-W 76.243229.


 July 2012

Shoaling at Little Wicomico Jetties


Significant shoaling is being reported in the entrance channel to the Little Wicomico River. The channel was dredged to 8 to 10 feet two years ago, but has started to shoal again already. Smith Point Marina is reporting that a sailboat with a draft of 5 1/2 feet ran aground in the center of the entry jetties this April. So local knowledge is advised before venturing in with a deeper draft vessel. A call to either Cockrell's Marine Railway (804-453-3560) or Smith Point Marina (804-453-4077) would be a good idea. 


February 12, 2012


Navigation Update

Canal Lock Closed


It's not likely that you'll be packing the boat for a trip on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in the next month or two, but just in case, we thought you'd better know that the Dismal Swamp Canal route is now closed, and will be closed for the next few months. The doors slammed shut on the alternate ICW route between Norfolk and Albemarle Sound, N.C., on January 4, for repair work on the South Mills Lock at the North Carolina end of the canal. While work is under way, the lock at Deep Mills, on the Virginia end, will remain closed as well. Repairs are expected to take 60 to 90 days, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The principal ICW route, the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, will remain open. We'll let you know when it opens.


November 2011

Navigation Update

Section of Lynnhaven channel to be dredged


The Army Corps of Engineers reports that the City of Virginia Beach proposes to dredge the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven navigation channel. The channel was originally dredged to a design width of 30 feet and to a depth of -4.0 feet MLW, with a -1.0 foot over-depth allowance. The new work dredging includes the removal of 15,000 cubic yards of material and the widening of the channel from 30 feet to 40 feet and deepening of the channel from -5.0 feet MLW to -6.0 feet.



October 18, 2011

Navigation update

Shoaling in Havre de Grace Channel


The Coast Guard has received reports of shoaling to a depth of 4.0 feet MHW across the channel between Havre de Grace Yacht Basin Buoy 4 (LLNR 27685) and Havre De Grace Yacht Basin Buoy 5 (LLNR 27690). Chart: 12274.



Post Hurricane Irene Information

August 29, 2011

Navigation hazards


The Coast Guard has received reports of shoaling at the entrance to the Chesapeake between buoys "9" (LLNR 7075) and "10" (LLNR) 7080. No indication of the depth, however.

Also noted in shipping channel, these buoys are reported to be off-station:
 
# Chesapeake Bay entrance lighted whistle buoy "CH" (LLNR 405)
# Chesapeake channel lighted bell buoy "2C" (LLNR 7035)
# Chesapeake Channel lighted buoy "14" (LLNR 7110)
 
We'll post all navigation hazards as we receive notice.



Hurricane Irene Storm Alerts

August 27, 2011
 

Coast Guard sets Port Condition Zulu for Hampton Roads


The Coast Guard Captain of the Port was scheduled to set condition Zulu at midnight Friday for the Port of Hampton Roads due to severe weather.

The COTP is establishing a safety zone that will close the port to all vessel traffic, including vessel transits within the port. Vessel movement is not authorized without prior approval from the COTP.

The COTP anticipates remaining in condition Zulu until severe weather ceases. All mariners are advised to be extra vigilant as the port can expect sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph during the next 36 hours. Cargo handling operations at all facilities shall be terminated during this time period.

The Coast Guard requests that the public listen to weather information available from other sources and not call the Coast Guard for weather information. For additional information on the storm, visit the National Hurricane Center Web site at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

The Port of Hampton Roads Maritime Heavy Weather Contingency Plan explains all port conditions and is available at http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/portDirectory.do?tabId=1&cotpId=26
 
 
August 25, 2011
11:30 a.m.
 

Upper Bay now under Port Condition Whiskey


The Captain of the Port of Baltimore has set the condition to Whiskey for the northern Chesapeake Bay, including tributaries and ports along those tributaries due to the expectation that gale force winds generated by Hurricane Irene may arrive within 72 hours.

The ports are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while Whiskey remains in effect.

Threatening winds between 39 and 54 mph from a hurricane-force storm are possible within 72 hours.

Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress.
 
Port facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plans and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the expected conditions.
 
 
August 25, 2011
11:20 a.m.

Hurricane Irene Storm Alerts

Coast Guard sets port condition X-ray for Hampton Roads


As predicted, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port has set Hurricane Condition X-ray for the Port of Hampton Roads in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Hurricane Condition X-ray is set when gale force winds are expected within 48 hours.

During the next 24 hours the Coast Guard will identify and track all vessels in port, establish contact with emergency management agencies at the local, state and federal levels, and work closely with port and industry officials to minimize damage in the event the storm impacts Hampton Roads.

Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress. Mariners can view the latest port updates for Hampton Roads on the Coast Guard's Homeport site.

Port facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plans and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the expected conditions.

If and when port readiness condition Yankee is set, meaning hurricane force winds are expected within 24 hours, vessel movement shall be restricted and all movements must be approved by the Captain of the Port. 
 

August 25, 2011
10:30 a.m.

Hurricane Irene Storm Alerts

Here are storm preparation updates from the lower Bay:


Port conditions in Hampton Roads will change beginning at noon today, according to the Coast Guard. As winds rise and port conditions are accelerated, mariners will no longer be able to take shelter in port in order to keep vessel inventory at a minimum. Commercial oceangoing vessels and barges over 500 gross tons have been told to make plans to leave.

The Navy has made the decision to take its ships out of port. Fifty-five ships are either headed out to sea or steaming for safer harbors. The move was prompted by predictions of winds of at least 55 mph sustained and a storm surge of 5 to 7 feet. 

 

 
August 24, 2011
 
Hurricane Irene Storm Alerts
 

Coast Guard sets port condition Whiskey for Hampton Roads

The Captain of the Port for Sector Hampton Roads has set port condition Whiskey at noon for Hampton Roads due to the expectation that gale force winds generated by Hurricane Irene may arrive within 72 hours.

The ports are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while Whiskey remains in effect.

Threatening winds between 39 and 54 mph from a hurricane-force storm are possible within 72 hours.

Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress. Mariners can view the latest port updates for Hampton Roads on the Coast Guard's Homeport site.

Port facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plans and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the expected conditions.

Mariners can anticipate the Coast Guard setting port readiness condition X-ray when gale force winds from Hurricane Irene are within 48 hours of landfall.

If and when port readiness condition Yankee is set, meaning hurricane force winds are expected within 24 hours, vessel movement shall be restricted and all movements must be approved by the Captain of the Port.

For information on how to prepare your boat or trailer for a hurricane, please click here.

For information on Hurricane Irene's progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center's web page at the following link - http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
 

 

August 23, 2011
 
Hurricane Irene Storm Alerts
 

Coast Guard advises preparation for Hurricane Irene


The Coast Guard urges mariners and residents to begin planning and preparing for Hurricane Irene.

Tropical systems acquire a name when they reach tropical storm strength with sustained winds reaching 39 mph. They become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph and become major hurricanes when winds increase to 111 mph.

As storms approach, the Coast Guard urges people to remember these guidelines:

    # Stay informed: The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through newspapers, the Internet, and local television and radio stations. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF-FM channel 16. Small craft advisories and warnings are also available on VHF-FM channel 16.

    # Evacuate as necessary: Mandatory evacuation orders should be obeyed. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate people in danger during a storm.

    # Secure your boats and boating equipment: Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged. Boats that can be trailered should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those mariners who leave their boats in the water are reminded to secure life rings, life jackets and fenders.

    # Be cautious of hazardous materials: If you have hazardous materials on or near the water, you are responsible for any spills that may occur. Take the necessary precautions to secure these materials prior to any foul weather.

   # Stay clear of beaches: Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by storms. Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches until local officials say the water is safe. Rip currents and undertows can drag swimmers away from their boat or the beach and lead to death by drowning when they attempt to fight the current and become exhausted.

Mariners are reminded that drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures prior to a storm. They are generally authorized to remain closed up to eight hours prior to the approach of gale force winds of 32 mph or greater and whenever an evacuation is ordered. Because of the uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners should seek early passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of gale force winds.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center's Web page at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
 
NRP advises preparations be made for Hurricane Irene
 
Here is some good storm preparedness advice from the Maryland Natural Resources Police:

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are asking mariners to make plans to safe-guard their vessels from Hurricane Irene. The recent activity in the Atlantic Ocean should cause boaters to make plans to safe guard their property and lives.
 
Planning is the key to minimize injury and loss of life.  Boaters should make plans well in advance of the storm so that definite docking, mooring or hauling out of the vessel arrangements can be performed quickly and without delay.
 
When deciding on storm preparation plans, mariners need to consider size, type of vessel, and location.  Current locations may not offer protection from high winds or tides.  Boaters should consider the following when making arrangement for their vessels:

# Removing valuable equipment from your vessel to protect it from damage.

# Consider removing your vessel from the water to reduce damage from storm surge.

# Vessels on land should be properly stored or tied down to prevent being damage by winds. Small open vessels can be filled with water to lessen the effect of the wind.

# Vessels that remain in the water should be moored in safe areas or berths.

# Lines should be doubled and high on pilings. Remember storm surges can cause tides over the pilings.

# Install fenders to protect vessel from pilings, piers or other vessels.

# Ensure that bilge pumps work properly and that the batteries that run them are fully charged.

# Seal all openings to make the vessel watertight.

# Collect all documents, including insurance policies.  Take photographs of vessel and equipment for insurance

# Do not stay aboard vessels during storms.
 
NRP reminds boaters that advance planning can save property and lives.  These actions should take place at least 48-72 hours before the event to accommodate unforeseen problems. During the storm, occupants should be off the water and in safe shelters. Remember, storm conditions could exist that delay or prevent response from emergency personnel.
 
Additional information on hurricane preparedness may be found at http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/index.shtm  and   http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/prepared_week.shtml 
 
 

 
August 18, 2011

Dismal Swamp Canal Closed
 
It will come as no surprise to boaters that the Dismal Swamp Canal is now closed, and will remain closed while the fires in the Great Dismal Swamp continue to burn. The alternative route, the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, remains open and operating as usual, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Use Channel 13 in the area for any updates.
 

 
NTCM August 2011

Finally, we're going to get some relief from the heat this week. So it's definitely time to squeeze in as much boating as possible before the summer comes to a close and school is back in session.

 

There's good news too in this month's Notice to Chesapeake Mariners in that there are few new hazards or shoaling areas to report. Bridges under repair continue to be the principle source of navigation changes.

 

Also there's a new smart buoy in the works, this one just outside the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, not far off Cape Henry. The buoy, named First Landing Buoy, will be deployed by the end of this month and provide a synopsis of the settlers' first landfall on the Chesapeake as well as continuous real-time data on wave height, water conditions and chemistry, winds and temperature. You'll find it all at the link below.

 

Meanwhile, see you on the water!

 

 

NOAA's Smart Buoys Site

 

 

LOWER BAY

 

The Chesapeake south of Smith Point

 

LIGHT ISSUES

 

Cape Charles City Range Rear LightLight Extinguished 12224

 

James River Channel Lighted Buoy 54light extinguished 12248

James River Channel Lights 133, 135lights extinguished 12252

York River West Range Rear LightLight Imch 12238

 

LIGHT CHANGES

 

NOAA Lighted Data Buoy FL (First Landing)Flashing Yellow 4s 35-58-45.600N 076-02-37.200W

 

Poquoson River Light 10Flashing Red 2.5s TR on multi-pile structure 37-10-02.240 076-23-05.348W

 

Poquoson River Entrance Light 11Flashing Green 4s SG on multi-pile structure 37-09-53.142N 076-23-00.89W

 

Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 51 and Chesapeake Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 57 These markers will be replaced by green cans when endangered by ice.

 

NAVIGATION ISSUES

 

VA/NC DISMAL SWAMP CANAL

RESTRICTED LOCK OPERATING HOURS

Due to low water levels in Lake Drummond and the Dismal Swamp Canal, the locks at Deep Creek, Virginia, and South Mills, North Carolina, are now operating with two openings a day, 9 a.m. and at 3 p.m., 7 days a week. Vessels unable to comply with these restricted openings are encouraged to use the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal through the Great Bridge Locks, which will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Chart: 12207.

 

 

VA ELIZABETH RIVER, NORFOLK NAVAL STATION

DREDGING

The dredge Richmond will be conducting dredging operations at the Norfolk Naval Station Piers 1 through 8 from now until November 15. 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. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a safe passage contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. Chart: 12245

 

VA BACK RIVER, NORTHWEST BRANCH, BRICK KILN CREEK

SEWAGE PIPE REPAIR

Sewage pipelines at the Wythe Creek Road Bridge (Route 172) over Brick Kiln Creek, Hampton, will be under repair from August 22 until November 30. Mariners are requested to use caution and bare steerage when transiting the area. Chart: 12238.

 

VA RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER, GREENVALE CREEK

SHOALING

Shoaling has been reported on Greenvale Creek extending approximately 10 yards into the channel from the northwest bank opposite Greenvale Creek Light 6 (LLNR 15315) with an observed depth of 1FT a MLLW. Shoaling has also been reported on the southeast side of the channel extending 7 yards into the channel between Light 6 and Greenvale Creek Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 15320) Observed depth of water was approximately 3.6FT at MLLW.

 

Potomac River

From Point Lookout and Smith Point to Washington D.C.

 

NAVIGATION ISSUES

 

POTOMAC RIVER, POTOMAC CREEK

AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE

On or about August 15, the temporary unlighted buoy TRUB, which was established to mark the missing Potomac Creek Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 17945), will become a permanent change. This buoy along with Potomac Creek Buoy 4 (LLNR 17925) and Potomac Creek Buoy 6 (LLNR 17935) will be maintained from March 15 to December 1. Charts: 12285, 12288.

 

 

POTOMAC RIVER

WORK ON HARRY NICE BRIDGE

Mariners are advised that work is in progress through October 25, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m., for lighting rehabilitation at the Harry Nice Bridge across the Potomac River, mile 50.0, in Dahlgren, VA. The barge or safety boat may periodically be in the navigational channel. For the most up-to-date information concerning the barge and safety boat locations please contact MIDASCO at 410-579-6723 or 443-506-9754 or the Coast Guard Bridge Office at 757-398-6629. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.

 

 

 

UPPER BAY

 

The Chesapeake north of Point Lookout

 

LIGHT ISSUES

 

 

Upper Chesapeake Channel Range Front LightLight Imch 12274

Pooles Island Flats Channel Lighted Buoy 9Light Extinguished 12278

 

Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 10off station 12274

Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 16light imch 12277

 

West River Entrance Light 2Damaged 12270

Herring Bay Light 2light extinguished 12266

 

Patuxent River Light 6Light Extinguished 12284

 

 

LIGHT CHANGES

 

8040 Craighill Channel Range Front LightBrown dwelling on cylindrical pier R6 39-11-19-012N 076-23-39.838W

 

 


NAVIGATION ISSUES

 

 

MD SUSQUEHANNA RIVER

BRIDGE REPAIRS

Mariners are advised that foundation and substructure repairs are being conducted at the Millard E. Tydings Memorial (fixed) Bridge, at mile 3.2, across the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace. Work is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2013. The work consists of installing cofferdams around all ten piers that are in the river. Any scaffolding and work platforms will be contained inside the cofferdams. Crane barges and support barges will be placed around the cofferdams. The work schedule will be Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., except when a concrete seal pour is being made. That work will be performed on Fridays at 6 a.m. and will run continuously until completed, up to 36 hours. The date of these pours has not yet been determined. The waterway equipment will remain on sight each night and will be marked in accordance with Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations 118.95. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District LNM 26)

 

MD UPPER CHESTER RIVER

BOTTOM DRILLING FOR WATERLINE REPAIR

Directional bottom drilling for waterline repair will be conducted until August 12 in the vicinity of the Chester River Bridge and will run from the Kent County to the Queen Anne County sides of the river. The waterway or vessel transit will not be obstructed. Chart: 12272.

 

MD PATAPSCO RIVER, BEAR CREEK

BRIDGE REPAIRS

Mariners are advised that there will be repair work on the Wise Avenue Bridge across Bear Creek, mile 3.4 at Dundalk, from August 8 through September 19, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work will be performed using a 20• x 40• barge with a manlift. There will be periods of time that the barge will be in the navigational channel but is able to move for vessels as needed. The bridge will continue to operate on its regular operating schedule. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting through the bridge. Chart : 12278.

 

 

MD BACK RIVER

NEW WARNING DAYBEACONS

Baltimore County has recently set six Warning Daybeacons to mark newly established breakwaters along the shoreline at Essex SkyPark on the Back River.

Warning Daybeacon A 39 16 08.501NËÅ"76 26 13.511W NW on pile.

Warning Daybeacon B 39 16 00.916NËÅ"76 26 15.882W NW on pile.

Warning Daybeacon C 39 15 48.517NËÅ"76 26 19.069W NW on pile.

Warning Daybeacon D 39 15 44.279NËÅ"76 26 22.874W NW on pile.

Warning Daybeacon E 39 15 33.496NËÅ"76 26 13.622W NW on pile.

Warning Daybeacon F 39 15 29.459NËÅ"76 26 13.060W NW on pile.

 

 

MD KNAPPS NARROWS

SHOALING

Shoaling to a depth of 5.0 feet MLW has been reported extending channelward of Knapps Narrows East Channel Light 6 (LLNR 25950).

 

 

MD PATUXENT RIVER

TEMPORARY PRIVATE AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE

The UMCES Lighted Data Buoy PX (LLNR 19158) will be temporarily replaced by a mooring buoy, white with blue band, until September 19. Chart: 12264.

 

 

MD ST. JEROME CREEK

OYSTER REEF ESTABLISHMENT

The Chesapeake Fresh Oyster Company has recently established a set of buoys to mark the corners of an aquaculture site on St. Jerome Creek. Some of these are alphabetical daymarks and other are marked with the words: DANGER REEF. Chart: 12233. 


NTCM July 2011


Now the summer boating is well underway, the Coast Guard is announcing a number of changes to navigation aids in well-traveled spots throughout the Bay. We'd particularly like to call your attention to the change at busy Kent Narrows, where shoaling is a continual problem. By the end of this week the following change will have been made:
 
1. Kent Island Narrows North Approach Lighted Buoy "3" (LLNR 26417) will be placed in approximate position 38-59-02.021 N, 076.14-35.164 W. The flashing green light is set for 4 second intervals.
2. Kent Island Narrows North Approach Light 3 (LLNR 26420) will be changed to Flashing Red Light "4", at 4 second intervals.
3. Kent Narrows North Approach Light "4" (LLNR 26425) will be changed to Warning Daybeacon "A", worded "DANGER SHOAL"

You'll find the other changes either recently made and scheduled to be made under their proper sections below. If you regularly boat in any of these areas, you may want to make the changes on your charts.

Meanwhile, see you out on the water!


LOWER BAY

ATON CHANGES

12221 CHESAPEAKE BAY ENTRANCE

1. Delete: Sand Shoal Inlet Lighted Buoys "1" and "3"
2. Delete: Sand Shoal Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy "A"
3. Add: Dangerous underwater rock of uncertain depth at 37-17-53.754 N, 075-46-11.993 W
4. Add: Dangerous underwater rock of uncertain depth at 37-18-01.846 N, 075-45-50.470 W

12254 Cape Henry to Thimble Shoal Light

1. Delete: Lynnhaven River Buoy "2LR"


12228 POCOMOKE AND TANGIER SOUND-ONANCOCK CREEK

About mid-September the following change will take place:
1. Onancock Creek Daybeacon "3" will be changed to Buoy "3" and relocated to 37-43-19.308 N, 075-50-50.780 W
2. Onancock Creek Daybeacon "2A" will be established in approximately 37-43-17.220 N, 075-50-50.506 W


12253 ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH)

The schedule for the Gilmerton Bridge (U.S. 13/450) is being changed once again temporarily. This change shortens the times that the bridge will open on demand for recreational boats. The important part for boaters is that from now until December 20, 2013, the drawbridge need not open to recreational boats from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays; the draw will open on signal hourly on the half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays.

Here is the exact text from the latest Notices to Mariners for the 5th District:

The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the drawbridge operation regulations at the Gilmerton (US13/460) Bridge, at AIWW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA. Effective at 6:30 a.m. on June 19, 2011 through 6:30 p.m. on December 20, 2013, the temporary regulations will allow the drawbridge to operate as follows: (1) Shall open on signal at anytime for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials; (2) From 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, the draw need not open for the passage of recreational or commercial vessels; except the draw shall open anytime for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, if two hours advance notice is given to the Gilmerton Bridge at (757) 545-1512; (3) From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays, the draw shall open on signal hourly on the half hour; except the draw shall open anytime for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, if two hours advance notice is given to the Gilmerton Bridge at (757) 545-1512; (4) If any vessel is approaching the bridge and cannot reach the draw exactly on the half hour, the draw tender may delay the opening up to 10 minutes past the half hour for passage of the approaching vessel and any other vessels that are waiting to pass; (5) If the Norfolk & Southern Railroad Bridge #7, at mile 5.8, is not opened during a particular scheduled opening for the Gilmerton Bridge and vessels were delayed, the draw tender at the Gilmerton Bridge may provide a single opening for waiting vessels, once the Norfolk & Southern Railroad Bridge #7 reopens for vessels. (6) At all other times, the draw shall open on signal.
Copies of PUBLIC NOTICE 5-1229 which describe the temporary changes in detail can be obtained by writing to the above address, by calling (757) 398-6222 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pagename=pnBridges.



12225, 12226 WOLF TRAP TO SMITH POINT

By mid-July, the Coast Guard will discontinue Wolf Trap Degaussing Lighted Buoy "WT 2".
 

12237 RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER-TAPPAHANNOCK RIVER

By the end of June, Tappahannock Channel Daybeacon "2" will be discontinued.
 

12200, 12221, 122222 CHESAPEAKE BAY ENTRANCE-CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL

Last year, Chesapeake Channel Lighted buoy "9" was relocated temporarily about 200 ft outside the channel limit for dredging operations. However, the Coast Guard has received requests to leave the buoy in its new location. In mid-July this change will become permanent at 37-00-10.5256 N, 076-01-52.910w W.


POTOMAC RIVER
 
Not much by way of changes this month on the navigable Potomac. Here's the only one:

Proposed Change

12285, 12288 POTOMAC RIVER-POTOMAC CREEK

Change: Potomac Creek Daybeacon "8" to Potomac Creek Buoy "8"



UPPER BAY


12264 PATUXENT RIVER AND VICINITY
12284 PATUXENT RIVER SOLOMONS ISLAND VICINITY


1. Delete: Mill Creek Daybeacons "9" and "12"
2. Relocate: Mill Creek Buoy "11" to 38-20-26.73 N, 076-25-51.132 W
3. Add: Mill Creek Red Nun Buoy "12" and Green Can Buoy "9"


12264 PATUXENT RIVER-NAN COVE AND PETERSONS POINT

Aquaculture Reef Established: Regulatory buoys (white with orange diamond with "DANGER") will be established at both Nan Creek and Petersons Point as aquaculture reefs at those locations are established


12264 PATUXENT RIVER

Underwater archeology survey: The U.S. Navy and the Maryland Historical Trust will continue diving operations in the upper Patuxent River through most of the summer. Rafted barges may be anchored nights and weekends on the west bank of the upper Patuxent, about one mile north of the Rte. 4 bridge near Upper Marlboro. The project is off limits except by guided tour.


12273 SANDY POINT TO SUSQUEHANNA RIVER
12278 APPROACHES TO BALTIMORE HARBOR


1. Change: Overhead Power Cable to Auth Cl 44 ft.


12274 BACK RIVER

Shoreline enhancement: The Baltimore County government will be conducting a shoreline enhancement and erosion abatement project at the Essex Skypark on Back River until further notice. This will include fill and rock barges. No wake speed is requested.


12272 UPPER CHEAPEAKE BAY-KENT ISLAND NARROWS NORTH

1. Kent Island Narrows North Approach Lighted Buoy "3" (LLNR 26417) will be placed in approximate position 38-59-02.021 N, 076.14-35.164 W. The flashing green light is set for 4 second intervals.
2. Kent Island Narrows North Approach Light 3 (LLNR 26420) will be changed to Flashing Red Light "4", at 4 second intervals.
3. Kent Narrows North Approach Light "4" (LLNR 26425) will be changed to Warning Daybeacon "A", worded "DANGER SHOAL"


12278, 12272 KENT ISLAND NARROWS, ROCK HALL HARBOR AND SWAN CREEK

1. Relocate: Rock Hall Harbor Entrance Buoy "1" to 39-07-44.899 N, 076-14-54.803 W
 
 

 
June 14, 2011 
 
Moving Markers

Straying outside the markers can occasionally be the best course for the rest of us boaters as well. For example, this has been the case lately for the entrance to Rock Hall harbor, where the best course recently has not been inside the markers. After a sustained campaign by locals, the Coast Guard has agreed to relocate Rock Hall Harbor Entrance Buoy 1 from 39 07'43.397" N and 076 15'05.836" W to 39 07'44.899" N and 076 14'54.803" W.

Down the Bay, the markers at the entrance to Onancock Creek will be changed as well this fall. Onancock Creek Daybeacon 3 will be changed to Buoy 3 and relocated to 37 43'19.308" N and 075 50'50.780" W. Daybeacon 2A will be placed at 37 43'17.220" N and 075 50'50.506" W.


  
May 17, 2011 
 
Negotiating Kent Narrows

Here's a word to the wise about negotiating the southern stretch of the popular but depth-challenged Kent Narrows channel between the Chester River and Eastern Bay. The word on the street is to beware of shoaling from the red "4" to about mid-channel. Advice from local boaters when you're heading south from the bridge: Stay as close to the middle of the channel as oncoming traffic permits. There is some talk of placing unofficial markers. But until then, the deeper water seems to lie to the east side-at least until the next storm blows through. So proceed carefully.
 


 
March 22, 2011

Hazard to Navigation

Partially submerged boat near Thimble Shoal Channel marked as hazard to navigation

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads has determined that a sunken boat four miles northwest of Little Creek Inlet is a derelict. The Coast Guard had originally treated the partially submerged vessel as a search and rescue case.

Crewmembers aboard the motor vessel Relentless had reported seeing the boat in the vicinity of Thimble Shoal Channel on Friday morning, March 18. Coast Guard, Navy and local rescue crews responded to search for potential survivors. Divers and a remotely operated vehicle were also dispatched to determine more information about the submerged craft. The divers reported that the boat had heavy marine growth on its hull and was missing its engine block, floorboards and wiring.

The divers' survey determined that the vessel was too large to be removed by either of the vessels at Coast Guard Station Little Creek, so the site has been  marked as a hazard to navigation. The Army Corps of Engineers is developing a salvage plan to remove the craft within 48 hours.
 


We received the following on Monday, March 14, with a request that we post it for boaters in the area:

NOTIFICATION TO MARINERS:
AQUIA CREEK BATTLEFIELD SURVEY

 
In the coming weeks, underwater archeologists will be conducting a remote-sensing survey of the Aquia Creek Battlefield, located at the confluence of Aquia Creek and the Potomac River in Stafford County, Va., and Charles County, Md.  A collaboration of many partners, the Aquia Creek Battlefield survey will determine the integrity of the battlefield, identify significant features, and establish a baseline for future preservation and interpretation efforts.
 
Be advised:
 
1. Boats and divers will be in the water approximately March 15 - 31, 2011 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.
 
2.  Mariners should maintain slow speeds near the mouth of Aquia Creek.  Survey vessels may be towing equipment and have limited ability to maneuver.  Wake may disrupt the survey work.
 
3.  The channel will remain open, but please be on the lookout for slow-moving vessels crossing the channel, anchored vessels and divers in the vicinity, and associated markers and flags.
 
Adjacent and nearby property owners, interested historians, and artifact collectors are encouraged to share any information, photos and maps that would help contribute to a more complete and accurate understanding of this battlefield.  Interested citizens can contact Jo Balicki of JMA directly at jbalicki@johnmilnerassociates.com or 703-354-9737.
 
For more information about Aquia Creek Battlefield and the project progress, you can visit www.TourStaffordVa.com/AquiaCreekBattlefield.cfm.

 
Notice to Chesapeake Mariners for March 2011
 
 
UPPER BAY

AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE

CHESAPEAKE BEACH
On or about 18 April, Chesapeake Beach Range Front Light (LLNR 19290) and Chesapeake Beach Range Rear Light (LLNR 19295) will be discontinued. Chart: 12266.


HAZARD TO NAVIGATION

SHOALING

CHOPTANK RIVER
Shoaling has been reported in the Choptank River along the north side of the channel extending 30 to 40 feet channelward with a reported depth of 1.0 feet MLW at the following locations:
A. Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 68 (LLNR 25275) to Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 73 (LLNR 25290).
B. Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 75 (LLNR 25295) to Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 77 (LLNR 25300).
C. Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 78 (LLNR 25305) to Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 79 (LLNR 25310).
Use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12268.


HAZARD

PATAPSCO RIVER
A 36-inch steel bollard has sunk near the Dundalk Marine Terminal in approximate position 39-14.30N, 076-31.40W. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12281.


PROJECTS UNDERWAY

BRIDGES

KNAPPS NARROWS
Inspections will be performed at the MD-33 Bridge across Knapps Narrows, in Tilghman Island, Md., each day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., March 14-18. The work crew will relocate from the movable span and channel upon request from vessels. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12272.


SEVERN RIVER, WEEMS CREEK
Inspections will be performed at the MD-437 Bridge, at mile 0.7, across Weems Creek, in Annapolis each day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., March 14-18. The work crew will relocate from the movable span and channel upon request from vessels. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12282.


EVENTS

NANTICOKE RIVER, BIVALVE: Nanticoke Triathlon
The annual Nanticoke River Swim & Triathlon will be held on the Nanticoke River on Sunday, MARCH 26, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PATAPSCO RIVER, MIDDLE BRANCH: Rowing regatta
The Baltimore Invitational Regatta will be held in the Patapsco River, Middle Branch, on Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The rowing competition will have approximately 100 participants operating on a 1,500 meter rowing course that starts at the western end of the Middle Branch boat basin, then proceeds easterly under the Hanover Street (SR-2) Bridge, and finishes 400 meters east of the bridge. Chart 12281.

CHESAPEAKE near SEVERN RIVER: Kayak race
The METAvivor Adventure Race is scheduled to occur near the Severn River on Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 8 to 9 a.m. The kayak race consists of up to 150 participants operating on a 2-mile marked triangular course located just off Hillsmere Beach at Annapolis, near at mouth of the Severn River. Chart 12283.



LOWER BAY

PROPOSED CHANGES: AIDS TO NAVIGATION


ELIZABETH RIVER, SOUTHERN BRANCH
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on the following changes:
1. Increasing buoy size to third-class hulls (this will not affect daymark visual range) on the following aids to navigation:
A. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 3 (LLNR 9960/36810).
B. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 5 (LLNR 9965/36815).
C. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 10 (LLNR 9985/36835).
D. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 12 (LLNR 9990/36840).
E. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 14 (LLNR 9995/36845).
2. Decreasing buoy size to fifth-class hulls which will not affect daymark visual range on the following aids to navigation:
A. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 26 (LLNR 10070/36920).
B. Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 28 (LLNR 10080/36930).
3. Discontinuing Elizabeth River Southern Branch Buoy 27 (LLNR 36925/10075).
Comments should address the impact this proposal would have on your operation and the means you use to navigate this waterway. Send comments by March 22 to: Commander (dpw) Fifth Coast Guard District 431 Crawford Street, Room 100 Portsmouth, VA. 23704. Attn.: Lisa De Pace Or email: Lisa.M.DePace@uscg.mil.


VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on the following changes:
A. Change Virginia Inside Passage Light 249 (LLNR 6520) to Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 249.
B. Disestablish North Inlet Light 1 (LLNR 6970) and establish North Inlet Lighted Wreck Buoy 1WR.
See proposal above for address. Deadline for this proposal is April 5.
 

HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION

SHOALING

VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE
Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported between Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 6 (LLNR 5547) and Virginia Inside Passage Light 7 (LLNR 5610). Chart: 12210.

JAMES RIVER, JORDAN POINT
Shoaling to a depth of 20 feet MLW has been reported approximately 1,000 feet west of James River Lighted Buoy 89 (LLNR 12385) and James River Lighted Buoy 91 (LLNR 12405) extending from the edge of the channel to the centerline on the red side of the channel. Chart: 12251.

CHERRYSTONE INLET
Shoaling to a depth of 4.0 feet MLW has been reported approximately 500 feet north of Cherrystone Inlet Daybeacon Inlet 2CI (LLNR 21530) in approximate position 37-17-01N, 076-01-18W. Chart: 12224.

LYNNHAVEN INLET, CRAB CREEK
Shoaling to a depth of less than 1.3 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Crab Creek Buoy 4 (LLNR 10157.02), and shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW between Crab Creek Entrance Buoy 3CC (LLNR 10157.01) and Crab Creek Buoy 7 (LLNR 10157.05). Chart: 12254. Ref. LNM 43/10.

LYNNHAVEN RIVER, LONG CREEK
An Army Corps of Engineers survey indicates shoaling from Long Creek Channel Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 10166) and extending to Long Creek Channel Daybeacon 10 (LLNR 10170), with depths of between 3.8 to 7.0 feet MLW . Chart: 12254.


CURRENT PROJECTS

BRIDGES

POCOMOKE RIVER
Cleaning and painting is underway at the S12 (lift) bridge, at mile 29.9, over Pocomoke River at Snow Hill, Md. The drawbridge will be closed from 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, until midnight on Friday, May 28. In the closed position, the vertical clearance is two feet above mean high water and five feet above mean low water. Chart: 12228.

UPPER YORK RIVER and PAMUNKEY RIVER
Inspection will be performed at the Eltham Bridge (SR33/30), at mile 1.0, across Pamunkey River, in West Point, Va., March 14-18 and March 21-23. The inspection will require the use of an under bridge snooper on the roadway and safety boat in the navigable channel each day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Chart: 12243.

Elizabeth River, Southern Branch
Work is underway on demolition of the Jordan Bridge and the construction of a new Gilmerton Bridge.


DREDGING

CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL, CAPE HENRY
Dredging will be underway until about August 31.

Craney Islande/Dam Neck/Wolf Trap Disposal SiteS
Dredging is underway for this stage of the Craney Island Eastward Expansion until mid-March.

RUDEE INLET
Dredging on the inlet continues 24/7, weather permitting.



POTOMAC RIVER

 


EVENTS

WASHINGTON CHANNEL: Fireworks Display Safety Zone
A safety zone will be set within a 150-yard radius of the fireworks barge in the Washington Channel on Saturday, April 2, (rain date April 3, 2011), at 8:30 p.m. for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The effect will be to restrict vessel traffic on the Washington Channel. The Captain of the Port Baltimore can be contacted by telephone at (410) 576-2693 or by marine band radio on VHF-FM Channel 16. All Coast Guard vessels enforcing this zone can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-FM Channel 16. Chart : 12289.

ANACOSTIA RIVER: Rowing Regatta
A high school rowing regatta is scheduled in the Anacostia River on Saturday, March 19, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The regatta consists of a 1,500-meter course with approximately 300 participants in 30 to 60- foot rowing shells. The course is located in the Anacostia River, between Poplar Point and the CSX Railroad Bridge. Chart 12289

ST MARYS RIVER: Rowing Regatta
The St. Mary's College of Maryland will sponsor the Seahawk Sprint rowing regatta on the St. Mary's River on Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chart 12233.

For an explanation of buoy sizes, click here.
 

 
February 7, 2011

Rudy Inlet update

From the City of Virginia Beach, updating the closure/work schedule for the Rudy Inlet bridge.

1. Beginning Monday, February 7, or Tuesday, February 8: intermittent channel closures will occur between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. until the end of rockfish season.

2. Message boards with the latest closing information will be placed at the channel entrance and the Owl Creek boat ramp.

3. The contractor will monitor Channel 16 so that night users, especially commercial fishermen, can ask for passage during the closure periods.

4. The channel will remain open during severe weather and emergencies.

5. After rockfish season, night closures will continue and some day closures may be added weekdays 8 to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. At this point, the contractor will try to keep bridge open to boats needed less than 20 feet of horizontal clearance.

6. You can check for project updates at here in the Related Documents section or call 757-385-1470 with questions.
 

 
 

NOTICE TO CHESAPEAKE MARINERS
FEBRUARY 2011

 

ALL OF THE BAY

The new edition of Coast Pilot 3 is now available. You can get a copy from any of the following, or you can download it here.
Federal Aviation Administration
Areo Nav Products
Printing & Distribution Group, Distribution Team
10201 Good Luck Road
Glenn Dale, MD 20769-9700
and authorized NOAA chart agents. Price $30.


UPPER BAY

LIGHTS OUT & MISSING MARKERS

Upper Gunpowder River Buoys 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 Missing or damaged 12274
Fairlee Creek Buoys 7, 8, 9, 10 Missing or off station 12278

Craighill Channel Range Front Light LT IMCH 12273
Craighill Channel Lighted Buoy 11  LT Extinguished 12282
Craighill Channel Upper Range Front Light LT Extinguished 11281
Gibson Island Inner Harbor Lighted Buoy 2 LT Extinguished    12282
Thomas Point Shoal Light LT Extinguished 12270

Cambridge Channel Range Front and Rear Lights LTS Extinguished 12268

Solomons Island Wharf Light LT extinguished 12284
Calvert Marina Pier Light LT extinguished 12284
Mill Creek Daybeacon 12 Daybeacon destroyed 12284
Mill Creek Daybeacon 9 Daybeacon destroyed 12284
Solomons Island Fishing Pier Light LT Extinguished/daybeacon damaged 12284
Cape St. Marys Marina Breakwater Light LT Extinguished 12264


HAZARDS & CONSTRUCTION

OBSTRUCTION
MD CHESAPEAKE BAY, SMITH POINT TO COVE POINT, POTOMAC RIVER ENTRANCE
A NOAA hydrographic survey has identified an unknown obstruction in position 37-59-04.1N, 076-12-37.3W. Least depth over the obstruction is 49 feet MLW. Chart: 12230.

CONSTRUCTION BARGE
MD  CHESAPEAKE BAY, COVE POINT TO SANDY POINT, SANDY POINT STATE PARK
A construction barge is anchored in approximate position 39-00-17.04N, 076-23-42.84W until April 30 in conjunction with the jetty construction project at the Sandy Point State Park. Chart: 12263.


POTOMAC RIVER

LIGHTS OUT & MISSING MARKERS

Upper Potomac River Channel Light 8: Daybeacon imch 12288
Maryland Point Light: Light imch 12288


AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGES

MD/VA POTOMAC RIVER
During the 2011 servicing schedule the following aids to navigation will have their sound signal discontinued:
F. Potomac River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 7 (LLNR 16570).
G. Potomac River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 29 (LLNR 17635).


HAZARDS & CONSTRUCTION

OBSTRUCTION

MD CHESAPEAKE BAY, SMITH POINT TO COVE POINT, POTOMAC RIVER ENTRANCE
A NOAA hydrographic survey has identified an unknown obstruction in position 37-59-04.1N, 076-12-37.3W. Least depth over the obstruction is 49 feet MLW. Chart: 12230.


LOWER BAY

LIGHTS OUT & MISSING MARKERS

New Point Comfort Spit Channel Light 2 Daybeacon damaged 11238
York Spit Swash Channel Daybeacon 2 Troubled/Missing 12238

Dames Quarter Creek Channel Daybeacon 4    Daybeacon destroyed 1226
Kiptopeke Beach Breakwater Lighted Warning Buoy Sinking    12224


TEMPORARY CHANGES

Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Buoys 11, 16, 17: Relocated for dredging 12245


AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGES

VA CHESAPEAKE BAY, CAPE CHARLES TO NORFOLK HARBOR
Horseshoe West Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 12840) has been discontinued. Chart: 12222.

VA CHESAPEAKE CHANNEL, NEWPORT NEWS CHANNEL, THIMBLE SHOAL CHANNEL, YORK RIVER CHANNEL
During the 2011 servicing schedule, the following aids to navigation will have their sound signal discontinued:
A. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 57 (LLNR 7405).
B. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 60 (LLNR 7425).
C. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 62 (LLNR 7440).
D. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 70 (LLNR 7520).
E. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 76 (LLNR 7620).
F. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 78 (LLNR 7680).
G. Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 12 (LLNR 9270).
H. Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 21 (LLNR 9315).
I. Newport News Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 12 (LLNR 10880).
J. York River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 20 (LLNR 13500).
K. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 42 (LLNR 7275).
Chart: 12221.

VA/MD SEACOAST, CHESAPEAKE BAY, TANGIER SOUND
During the 2011 servicing schedule the following aids to navigation will have their sound signal discontinued:
A. Turners Lump Lighted Bell Buoy 2TL (LLNR 300).
B. Parramore Bank Lighted Gong Buoy 10 (LLNR 315).
C. Tail of The Horseshoe Lighted Bell Buoy 2T (LLNR 7065).
D. USN Aerial Gunnery Area Lighted Bell Buoy C (LLNR 7580).
E. USN Aerial Gunnery Area Lighted Bell Buoy D (LLNR 7585).
F. Tangier Sound Lighted Bell Buoy 5 (LLNR 22800).
Charts : 12210, 12221, 12224, 12225, 12230, 12233, 12285.
 
VA - RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER
On or about February 7, Tappahannock Channel Daybeacon 2 (LL NR 15620) will be discontinued.
Chart: 12237


HAZARDS & CONSTRUCTION

OBSTRUCTION
MD CHESAPEAKE BAY, SMITH POINT TO COVE POINT, POTOMAC RIVER ENTRANCE
A NOAA hydrographic survey has identified an unknown obstruction in position 37-59-04.1N, 076-12-37.3W. Least depth over the obstruction is 49 feet MLW. Chart: 12230.


TEMPORARY WORK PLATFORMS
VA YORK RIVER
Dominion Power will be establishing two work platforms in the York River until January 2013 in association with the Hayes-Yorktown 230 kV Line Project. Each platform will be approximately 60' x 200' and will be lighted.
North Platform -Center 37 14 30.19N, 076 27 03.15W, Fl Y 2.5s
South Platform-Center 37 13 25.52N, 076 27 47.05W, Fl Y 2.5s
Charts : 12238,12241.

SHOALING
VA CHESAPEAKE BAY, CAPE CHARLES TO WOLF TRAP, CHERRYSTONE INLET
Shoaling to a depth of 4.0 feet MLW has been reported approximately 500 feet north of Cherrystone Inlet Daybeacon Inlet 2CI (LLNR 21530) in approximate position 37-17-01N, 076-01-18W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart: 12224.

SHOALING
VA CAPE HENRY TO THIMBLE SHOAL LIGHT, LYNNHAVEN INLET, CRAB CREEK
Shoaling to a depth of less than 1.3 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Crab Creek Buoy 4 (LLNR 10157.02) and shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW between Crab Creek Entrance Buoy 3CC (LLNR 10157.01) and Crab Creek Buoy 7. Chart: 12254. Ref. LNM 43/10.

SHOALING
VA CAPE HENRY TO THIMBLE SHOAL LIGHT, LYNNHAVEN RIVER, LONG CREEK
An Army Corps of Engineers survey indicates shoaling from Long Creek Channel Daybeacon 5, extending to Long Creek Channel Daybeacon 10, with depths of between 3.8 to 7.0 feet MLW. Chart: 12254 . Ref. LNM 44/10.

MILITARY COMBAT CRAFT OPERATIONS
VA HAMPTON ROADS
The U. S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Combat Craft Division will be conducting testing in the channel off of Fort Monroe from January 21 until February 18. Operations will consist of towing a 600-foot cable behind a small naval craft. The unit will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16 and will not obstruct the navigational channel or transiting vessels. Chart: 12245.


TEMPORARY CLOSURE
VA/NC, AIWW, DISMAL SWAMP CANAL
The Dismal Swamp Canal of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) between the Deep Creek Lock (mile marker 10.6) and South Mills Lock (mile marker 33.2), will be closed temporarily. Closure will be from the last locking on February 6 until the first locking on Saturday February 12 (8:30 a.m.). Closure is required for repairs on both the Deep Creek Lock and South Mills Lock. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, through the Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, Virginia, remains open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Boaters can call the Great Bridge Lock at 757-547-3311 to check the current status of the Dismal Swamp Canal and Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal. Chart: 12206.
 


January 20, 2011
 
Temporary Choptank security zone at Cambridge

The Coast Guard will establish a temporary security zone in designated waters of the Choptank River off Cambridge, Md., for the Democratic House Conference Retreat Thursday, January 20, through Saturday, January 22.
During this period, security zone enforcement may limit the navigation by commercial and recreational waterway users.

The security zone will include all waters of the Choptank River, within 2,000 yards of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina's Breakwater Pavilion.

The waterways within the security zone will be closed to recreational and commercial boaters Friday from noon  to 10 p.m. Commercial boaters may be allowed to transit the security zone at the discretion of the Coast Guard. For vessels seeking authorization to enter or transit the security zone, contact the Coast Guard at 410-576-2529, 410-576-2512 or via marine-band radio on VHF channel 16
 
January/February 2011

Improving Nanticoke Harbor
Work is under way to make $1.6 million in improvements to Wicomico County's Nanticoke harbor, thanks to funding from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Waterway Improvement Fund. The first stage of the project will be to dredge the entrance to the harbor, which has shoaled to such an extent that some larger vessels have to wait for high tide to enter. The second stage will be the rebuilding of the harbor's two stone entrance jetties, which have settled significantly over the years and are often awash during high tides. The Waterway Improvement Fund is supported by the five-percent excise tax boaters pay when they register a boat in Maryland.

Repairing Rudee Inlet Bridge
Rudee Inlet is a busy place all year, but it's especially congested during the coastal rockfish season, which runs through March 31. With that in mind, repairs to the bridge over the inlet have been scheduled for nights only until the coastal-rockfish rush is over. In April work will be under way both night and day until the project is completed in May. 
 


October 13, 2010

 

Here are two new dredging projects: 

 

ICW

 

 

 

 

VA Dismal Swamp Canal, mile 21.5

 

The dredge Elicott 370 will dredging in the Dismal Swamp Canal at the intersection of the Feeder Ditch until 26 November, 2010. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.

 

 

UPPER BAY

 

MD Tangier Sound, Smith Island

 

The dredge Marion will be conducting dredging operations in the Smith Island waterways of Twitch Cove, Big Thorofare Channel, Tyler Ditch, 

Tylerton Basin, Rhodes Point and the Rhodes Point Basin from Thursday, October 14, until the end of the year. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 

and 16.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Notice to Chesapeake Mariners for October 2010



ALL OF THE BAY 

Special Notice: Automatic Identification System Channel Operation

All mariners are advised to confirm proper channel frequency selection for vessels equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS). Any vessel equipped with an AIS transponder should be verified that the transponder is operating on the correct frequencies. The standard default AIS frequency is 161.975 MHZ (AIS1 or channel 87B). The alternate AIS frequency is 162.025 MHZ (AIS2 or channel 88B). These frequencies can be verified by consulting the manufacturer's operation/owner's manual for your specific AIS system. 

LOWER BAY 
The Chesapeake south of Smith Point

AIDS TO NAVIGATION: Advance Notices

Discontinue Sound Signals
On or about October 15, the Coast Guard will discontinue the sound signals on the following aids to navigation:
A. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 22 (LLNR 7145).
B. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 5 (LLNR 7055).
C. James River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 50 (LLNR 12090).


AIDS TO NAVIGATION: Proposed Changes

Proposal to Discontinue Sound Signals and Add LED Lights
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the following sound signals and installing a high intensity self-contained LED lantern: 
A. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 57 (LLNR 7405). 
B. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 62 (LLNR 7440) 
C. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 70 (LLNR 7520).
D. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 76 (LLNR 7620). 
E. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 78 (LLNR 7680). 
F. Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 12 (LLNR 9270). 
G. Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 21 (LL NR 9315). 
H. Newport News Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 12 (LLNR 10880). 
I. York River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 20 (LLNR 13500).


Proposal to Discontinue Sound Signals 

The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the following sound signals: 
A. Rudee Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy RI (LL NR 500). 
B. Tail of The Horseshoe Lighted Bell Buoy 2T (LLNR 7065).

To comment on proposed changes, email Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil or write Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth VA 23704, Attn: Albert Grimes.


AIDS TO NAVIGATION: Problems

Skiffes Creek Channel Light 6: Damaged. Chart 12248

Goodwin Thorofare Channel Light: Damaged. Chart 12241

Corrotoman River Light 3: Light extinguished. Chart 12237

Cape Charles City Range Rear Light: Light extinguished. Chart 12224

Cape Charles City Light 7: Light extinguished. Chart 12224


REPORTED HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION

VA Broad Bay, Virginia Beach: Submerged Hazard
We have received a report from a NTCM subscriber of a submerged object-most likely a sailboat that had sunk earlier this year-in the open waters of Broad Bay, Virginia Beach at approximately 36.53.9N, 76.01.9W. The site has since been marked with a red hazard buoy. However, an earlier buoy was removed after an erroneous report that the boat had been raised was received by Virginia City Marina Police. So if the hazard buoy is no longer in place, approach the spot with caution.


GENERAL OPERATIONS

Hampton Roads, Hampton River: Dredging
Hodges Enterprises will be conducting dredging operations in the Hampton River, north of the Booker T. Washington Bridge, until March 27, 2011. A barge with a bucket crane will be used. All vessels are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed. Chart: 12245.


Lower Chesapeake Bay and Chesapeake Bay Entrance: Hydrographic Survey
The NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson will be conducting surveying operations in the lower Chesapeake Bay and approaches to the Chesapeake Bay through November, depending upon weather and time availabilities. The general survey area will be just to the east of the southern approach, centered 9 miles east of the Chesapeake Bay Southern Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy CB (LLNR 410) . When weather allows, survey operations will shift to the inside of the Bay near Cape Charles. The Thomas Jefferson is a 208-ft long, white Federal survey vessel that operates in conjunction with its two 30-ft long survey launches.
Chart: 12200.

VA James River, Newport News to Jamestown Island: Dredging
The dredge JERI-B will be conducting dredging operations in the James River in the vicinity of Tribell Shoal Channel until October 15. The dredge and the tenders Razorback and LORENA-II will monitor VHF-FM Channels 12, 13 and 16. All vessels are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed. Chart: 12248.

VA Hampton Roads, Craney Island: Dredging
The dredge ESSEX will be conducting dredging operations at the Craney Island Disposal Area until December 20. A submerged pipeline will be placed from the Craney Island Basin site to the Craney Island Disposal Area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM 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. Chart: 12245.

VA James River, Jamestown Island, Powhatan Creek: Bridge Information
The National Park Service advises that the Colonial Parkway Isthmus Bridge over Powhatan Creek, at Jamestown Island, will be under repair by the Kaiser Kane, Inc. between October 8 and November, 12. There will be a restricted vertical clearance of 5 ft MHW beneath the bridge. An alternate route is available through Back River and the Thoroughfare to the James River. Chart: 12248.

VA Rappahannock River, Tappahannock: Bridge Repairs
Mariners are advised that Corman Construction Co will be conducting bridge repairs to the Thomas J. Downing Bridge (Route 360) over the Rappahannock River at Tappahannock until May 30, 2012. A construction barge will be moored under the bridge, but will not obstruct the channel. The tug EMMA JANE will be on the scene and will monitor VHF FM Channel 13. Mariners are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed. Chart: 12237.


Long-term Dredging Projects Underway

VA Little Creek Harbor/Entrance Channel: Dredging
Until January 31, 2011

VA Rudee Inlet: Dredging
Dredge RUDEE operates 24/7 weather permitting


EVENTS

MD/VA CHESAPEAKE BAY, ANNAPOLIS TO OLD POINT COMFORT: "The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race" is scheduled to occur on the Chesapeake Bay during October 14-15. The race consists of up to 45 sailing vessels (from 50 to 150 feet in length) departing from Fells Point in Baltimore on Thursday, October 14, at 9 a.m., then proceeding to the race start. The START is located near Annapolis, outside the federal navigation channel, just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. A spectator fleet is expected at the start of the race. The FINISH is located at Old Point Comfort, and afterwards, participants will proceed to docking in Portsmouth. Chart 12270.


POTOMAC RIVER 
From Point Lookout and Smith Point to Washington D.C.

AIDS TO NAVIGATION: Proposed Changes

Proposal to Discontinue Sound Signals
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the following sound signals:
A. Potomac River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 7 (LLNR 16570).
B. Potomac River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 29 (LL NR 17635).

To comment on proposed changes, email Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil or write Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth VA 23704, Attn: Albert Grimes. 

 
UPPER BAY 
The Chesapeake north of Point Lookout

AIDS TO NAVIGATION: Proposed Changes

Proposal to Discontinue Sound Signals
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the following sound signals:
A. USN Aerial Gunnery Area Lighted Bell Buoy C (LLNR 7580). 
B. USN Aerial Gunnery Area Lighted Bell Buoy D (LLNR 7585). 
C. Tangier Sound Lighted Bell Buoy 5 (LLNR 22800).

To comment on proposed changes, email Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil or write Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth VA 23704, Attn: Albert Grimes.


AIDS TO NAVIGATION: Problems

Patuxent River Light 11: Light extinguished. Chart 12284

Sillery Bay Light 4: Light extinguished. Chart 12282

Gibson Island Inner Harbor Lighted Buoy 2: Light extinguished. Chart 12282

Seneca Creek Entrance Light 2S: Light extinguished. Chart 12278


GENERAL OPERATIONS

MD Choptank River: Diving and Underwater Survey Operations
Archaeological dive and underwater survey operations are underway in the Choptank River in the vicinity of the Route 50 Bridge until October 10. The M/V DAWN II (call sign 9068), a 46-ft cabin cruiser, will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16 and display both the Diver Down and Code A flags when diving operations are in progress. Please stay 100 yards from all points on the DV while the Code Flags are displayed. Chart: 12266.


DREDGING AND CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS

MD Wicomico River: Dredging
Until November 15 Dredge LEXINGTON

MD Baltimore Harbor/Seagirt Marine Terminal
Until 2012 McLean Contracting


EVENTS


MD BALTIMORE HARBOR, NORTHWEST HARBOR: Parade of sail
The annual "The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Parade of Sail" is scheduled in Baltimore Harbor on Wednesday, October 13. The parade will consist of approximately 50 sailing vessels operating on a counter-clockwise route that starts from Fells Point in Baltimore at 5 p.m., proceeds to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and finishes at Fells Point at 6 p.m. Chart 12281.

MD/VA CHESAPEAKE BAY, SMITH POINT TO OLD POINT COMFORT: Sailing regatta
"The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race" is scheduled to occur on the Chesapeake Bay during October 14-15. The race consists of up to 45 sailing vessels (from 50 to 150 feet in length) departing from Fells Point in Baltimore on Thursday, October 14mat 9 a.m., then proceeding to the race start. The START is located near Annapolis, outside the federal navigation channel, just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. A spectator fleet is expected at the start of the race. The FINISH is located at Old Point Comfort, and afterwards, participants will proceed to docking in Portsmouth. Chart 12270.

MD CHESAPEAKE BAY, APPROACHES TO BALTIMORE, BALTIMORE HARBOR: Sailing regattas
The annual "USS Constellation Cup" sailing regatta is scheduled to occur on the Patapsco River on Saturday, October 16, , from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Up to 40 sailboats will race on designated courses in Baltimore Harbor, located between Fort Carroll and Baltimore Inner Harbor Pier 1, in Baltimore, MD. Charts 12278, 12281.
The annual "Baltimore Harbor Cup" sailing regatta is scheduled to occur on the Patapsco River on Saturday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Approximately 70 sailboats will start at Baltimore Light (LLN-8035), then proceed northward on the Chesapeake Bay and Patapsco River, and finish in the Northwest Harbor at Tide Point, in Baltimore, MD. Chart : 12278.

 



 
From Ed Chittenden
Virginia Beach, VA

I hit a submerged, invisible and unmarked object on Aug. 10, 2010, in the open waters of Broad Bay, Virginia Beach, VA, while cruising my powerboat at 3200 rpm. I routinely cruise these waters and this incident was totally unexpected. Tidal conditions were then near low tide. I only afterward suspected the object as possibly being an old sailboat which had been inexplicably moored on anchor in that vicinity (approx. position 36-deg 53.9-min N, 76-deg 01.9-min W) for three years preceding and, unknown to me, had sunk sometime in the spring of 2010.

I sustained engine outdrive skeg damage in the incident consistent with colliding with the submerged craft's topside rails and likely its mast which had been in previous years in a stowed, fore-aft position topside (my skeg extends 32-in.below the surface). In reporting the incident to the Virginia Beach City Marine Police on Aug. 11, 2010, they confirmed that this same old sailboat had sunk this year and that they had had the hazard marked with a danger buoy on the surface. However, they further indicated that they had since received a "confused report" that the boat had since been raised and removed. But when they returned there to confirm the report, they were unable to relocate either their marked buoy or any sunken craft - and the vicinity was consequently not re-marked. As it turned out, I proved their received report of the boat being raised as an unfounded outcome. The Marine Police returned there subsequent to my report, located the submerged boat using their side-scan sonar, and re-marked the location with a red, hazard buoy on the surface (see my attached photo). At last report from the Virginia Beach City Marine Police, on Aug. 11th, they planned to consult with the Coast Guard to take "efficient further action," presumably to raise the sunken craft. As of this writing,  the hazard is yet marked with the red buoy, from which I conclude the submerged hazard yet remains there. Clearly, the Marine Police did not take appropriate and complete steps to confirm the misleading report initially that the craft may have been raised. 
 

 

 

Alert from the Coast Guard
September 8, 2010

 

Caution to AIS users navigating: 
JAMES RIVER, YORK RIVER AND UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY

 
 
YOU MAY BE INADVERTENTLY OPERATING ON DIFFERENT AIS CHANNELS 
 
Between July 27 and August 19, 2010, while conducting development testing of its Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), the Coast Guard inadvertently tele-commanded most AIS users transiting the Eastern United States between lower Connecticut and North Carolina to switch to AIS frequencies other than the AIS default frequencies (161.975 MHz - Channel 87B - 2087 and 162.025 MHz - Channel 88B - 2088). As a result, those users within uniquely defined channel management regions will neither see nor be seen by vessels operating on the default AIS channels when within these regions. Similarly, vessels operating on default frequencies will not see or be seen by those vessels that were inadvertently switched to other frequencies. No other AIS users or areas are impacted. 
 
One of the lesser known and potent features of AIS is its ability to operate on multiple channels within the VHF-FM marine band. This frequency agility ensures AIS can be used even when the default channels are otherwise unavailable or compromised. In such conditions, competent 
authorities, such as the Coast Guard, can use an AIS base station to tele-command shipborne AIS devices to switch to other more appropriate channels when within defined regions of 200 to 2,000 square nautical miles. This can be done automatically (and without user intervention) through receipt of the AIS channel management message (AIS message 22) or manually entered via the AIS Minimal Keyboard Display (MKD) or 
similar input device. Once commanded or manually entered, the channel management information will stay in memory for 5 weeks or until an affected vessel moves more than 500 nautical miles from the defined region. AIS channel management commands can only be manually overridden or erased by the user via the unit's channel (regional frequencies) management function1 or automatically overridden via another channel managementmessage for the same defined region. Reinitializing or resetting your AIS or transmission channels will not necessarily reprogram your unit back to the default channels.  
 
Commencing September 1st and continuing for the subsequent 5 weeks, the Coast Guard will broadcast new channel management messages that will tele-command all AIS users back to default channels.  This broadcast will occur each hour between hh.05:30 and hh.05:59, but may change as needed. To ensure that these messages are received, they will be broadcast on Channel 70--Digital Selective Calling (DSC), which is also monitored by all type-certified shipboard AIS. While this will ensure all AIS users will get the message regardless of what AIS channel the unit is operating on, it could however cause a minor inconvenience to owners of older DSC radios who may receive an alert (tone) upon receipt of this message.  It will have no other effect on DSC radios. 
 
AIS users are encouraged to inform others whom they believe may be affected and are therefore not being seen by others. All AIS users are reminded to maintain their AIS in effective operating condition and to validate their AIS data prior to each voyage and as needed. 
 
This safety alert is provided for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational or material requirement. The Coast Guard has developed policy and procedures to ensure such inadvertent broadcast do not happen again and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. For further information on AIS Channel Management or reprogramming your AIS read FAQ#19 at www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=AISFAQ#19 or contact cgnav@uscg.mil. Developed by the Office of Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC.


 
Here is the National Hurricane Center's site for predicted storm surge from  Hurricane Earl. Use it to zoom in on the Chesapeake Bay and to set storm surge levels for predictions.


September 2

Watches, Warnings and Advisories currently active for the Chesapeake Bay:


Hurricane Warning:Bogue Inlet, N.C. to the North Carolina/Virginia border.
Hurricane Watch:North from the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Henlopen, Del.
Tropical Storm Warning:North of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Sandy Hook, N.J., including the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

Coastal Flood Advisoryuntil 6 p.m. Thursday for the Maryland Chesapeake and Tidal Potomac.
Coastal Flood Watchafter 6 p.m. Thursday for the Maryland Chesapeake and Tidal Potomac.

Here is the Coastal Flood statement from the National Weather Service:

Southerly winds Thursday afternoon and lowering pressure in 
association with the nearing of Hurricane Earl will create
positive tidal anomalies of around 1 foot across the tidal
Potomac River and Maryland Chesapeake Bay. This will lead to minor
coastal flooding across traditionally flood sensitive areas around
the periods of high tides today.

Later Thursday and into the overnight hours, as Hurricane Earl
reaches is closest point to the waters off the Delmarva
Peninsula tidal anomalies may increase further for the waters of
the tidal Potomac River and Maryland Chesapeake Bay, potentially
1 to 3 feet above normal. The speed and proximity to land of
Hurricane Earl will be key in how high water levels get. There is
the possibility of minor to moderate tidal flooding tonight across
portions of the Maryland Chesapeake Bay and tidal Potomac River.
 



 
September 1

Hurricane watch for coastal Virginia and mouth of the Bay

A Hurricane Watch has been posted for the coast of Virginia and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, including Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. 
 

August 31

Coast Guard sets port condition Whiskey for Hampton Roads


The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has set port condition Whiskey for Hampton Roads in preparation of Hurricane Earl. Port condition Whiskey is set when hurricane force winds are expected within 72 hours.

During the next 24 hours the Coast Guard will identify and track all vessels in port, establish contact with emergency management agencies at the local, state and federal levels, and work closely with port and industry officials to minimize damage in the event the storm impacts Hampton Roads.

The Coast Guard requests that the public listen to weather information available from other sources and not call the Coast Guard for weather information.

For additional information on the storm, visit the National Hurricane Center website http://www.nhc.noaa.gov.


Here is some good advice from the Maryland Natural Resources Police:

Plan ahead for hurricanes and tropical storms

 
 
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) reminds mariners to make plans to protect their boats from hurricanes and tropical storms. In light of the recent activity in the Atlantic Ocean, boaters should to make plans to protect their property and lives in the event that Maryland is faced with severe storms.
 
Planning is the key to minimize injury and loss of life. Boaters should make plans well in advance of the storm so that docking, mooring or hauling out their boat can be performed quickly and without delay.
 
When deciding on storm preparation plans, mariners should consider size, type of boat and location.  Current locations may not offer protection from high winds or tides.  Boaters should consider the following when making arrangements for their boats.
1.      Remove valuable equipment from the boat to protect it from damage.
2.      Consider removing the boat from the water to reduce damage from storm surge. Boats on land should be properly stored or tied down to prevent being damaged by winds. Small open boats can be filled with water to lessen the effect of the wind.
3.      Boats that remain in the water should be moored in safe areas or berths. Lines should be doubled and high on pilings. Remember storm surges can cause tides over the pilings. Install fenders to protect boats from pilings, piers or other vessels.
4.      Ensure that bilge pumps work properly and that the batteries that run them are fully charged. Seal all openings to make the vessel watertight.
5.      Collect all documents, including insurance policies. Take photographs of the boat and equipment for insurance
6.      Do not stay aboard boats during storms. Safeguard human life.
 
NRP reminds boaters that advance planning can save property and lives. These actions should take place at least 48 to 72 hours prior to the storm to accommodate unforeseen problems. During the storm, people should stay away from waterways and reside in safe shelters. Remember, storm conditions may delay or prevent response from emergency personnel.
 
 



August 25

Chesapeake City Boat Basin on C&D Canal Reopens


The boat basin at Chesapeake City on the C&D Canal is back in business. Dredging work that had kept the area closed most of the summer has now be completed. Depths in the basin are now reportedly at least 10 feet. Enjoy! 



August 24

 

 

Pocomoke River Bridge at Snow Hill to Close for a Month

 

Mariners are advised that cleaning and painting operationswill be performed at the lift bridge over the Pocomoke River in Snow Hill, Md.To facilitate operations, the drawbridge will be maintained in the closedposition to vessels requiring an opening from 7 a.m. on September 8, until 7p.m. on October 8.

 

 



NOTICES TO CHESAPEAKE MARINERS

August 2010

 

LOWER BAY

 

SHOALING AND HAZARD REPORTS

 

 

 

VIRGINIA INSIDE PASSAGE: Shoalinghas been reported with less than 1 foot at mean low water between VirginiaInside Passage Light 160 and Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 161. Chart12210. Shoaling has been reported with less than 2 feet at mean low waterbetween Virginia Inside Passage Light 169 and Virginia Inside Passage Light173. Chart 12210. Shoaling has also been reported with less than 2 feet at meanlow water between Virginia Inside Passage Daybeacon 178 and North ChannelJunction Light NC. Chart 12210.

DISMAL SWAMP CANAL (ALTERNATEROUTE AIWW): The Army Corps of Engineers is reporting shoaling to adepth of 6.0 feet approximately 500 feet south of the South Mills Lock at JoyceCreek. Chart: 12207.

 

 

 

 

ADVANCE CHANGE NOTICES

VA ELIZABETH RIVER (EASTERN BRANCH): BERKLEY BRIDGE

 

Effective September 4, mariners are advised that the CoastGuard is temporarily changing the drawbridge operation regulations of theBerkley (I-264) Bridge, at mile 0.4, across the Eastern Branch of the ElizabethRiver, Norfolk, Va. This change will allow the drawbridge to operate with fouropening periods between the rush hours until October 5, 2012. The draw of thebridge shall open on signal to vessels between the hours at 9-9:30 a.m.,11-11:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-2:50 p.m., Monday through Friday, exceptFederal holidays. The change will result in more efficient use of the bridgeduring the day, relieving increased traffic congestion while still providingfor the reasonable needs of navigation. 

Chart: 12253.

 

PROPOSED CHANGE NOTICES

 

VA CHESAPEAKE BAY AND JAMESRIVER

The Coast Guard issoliciting comments on discontinuing the sound signal on the following aids tonavigation:

A. Chesapeake ChannelLighted Bell Buoy 22 (LLNR 7145).

B. Chesapeake ChannelLighted Bell Buoy 5 (LLNR 7055).

C. James River ChannelLighted Bell Buoy 50 (LLNR 12090).

In your comments to thisproposal, please address the impact this change may impose on the operation ofyour vessel. Please include in your comments the means you are using tonavigate this waterway and any electronic sensors used while transiting theChesapeake Bay. Please submit comment to:

Commander (dpw)

Fifth Coast Guard District

431 Crawford Street, Rm.100

Portsmouth, VA. 23704

Attn.: Albert Grimes Oremail to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mi Charts: 12221 and 12222.

 

 

GENERAL NOTICES

 

VA  YORK RIVER: BRIDGE CLOSURE

The ColemanMemorial Bridge, at mile 7.0, at Yorktown, Va,, will be closed to vessels requiringan opening beginning at 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, to performmechanical repairs. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate on itsregular schedule. Chart: 12241.

 

VA  CHESAPEAKE BAY, HAMPTON ROADS: MILITARYCONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS

The U.S. Navywill be constructing and maintaining an elevated mobile causeway system in theapproximate position 36-55-36N, 076-09-41W at the Little Creek-Ft. Storyfacility until 27 August. The causeway will extend about 800 feet into thesurrounding water. Mariners are requested to use caution and transit at a NOWAKE speed in the vicinity of the causeway. Chart: 12254.

 

VA  JAMES RIVER: DREDGING

The dredge Jeri-B will beconducting dredging operations in the James River in the vicinity of Tribell ShoalChannel until September 7. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FMchannels 13, 16 and 71. All transiting vessels are asked to proceed at a NOWAKE speed when passing the dredge. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear ofdredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricksand operating wires associated with dredging and marine constructionoperations. Chart: 12248.

 

PROJECTSCURRENTLY UNDERWAY

 

VA RappahannockRiver, Tappahannock

Overheadtransmission tower construction until December 31.

 

VA ElizabethRiver, Southern Branch

PierConstruction until August 18.

 

VA ElizabethRiver Entrance, Sewells Point

Submarine CableInstallation and diving operations until completed.

 

VA Rudee Inlet

Dredging 24/7weather permitting.

 

VA VirginiaBeach Oceanfront at 61st Street

Outfall pipe installationuntil November 20.

 

 

 

UPPER BAY

 

 

SHOALING AND HAZARD REPORTS

 

KENT NARROWS: Deeper draft vessels should use caution whentransiting Kent Narrows from north to south. The "red" side of the channel whenentering from the Chester River has apparently shoaled to under 5 feet.However, 6 to 7 feet can be found closer to the "green" side between markers"G3" and "G9" and at least 8 feet on the approach to the bridge.

 

KNAPPS NARROWS : The Knapps Narrows channel is apparentlyshoaling to about 5 feet on the west side opposite red "4". There is roomenough for single-file passage through this part of the channel, but possiblynot more.

 

WORTON CREEK Area : Several boaters have reported an unchartedhazard about 4 feet below the surface just outside Worton Creek in about 10feet of water. We've been told that the coordinates of this unknown obstructionare approximately 39.17.601N and 76.10.190W.

 

 

 

GENERAL NOTICES

 

MD WEST RIVER,  PARISH CREEK: SHORELINE IMPROVEMENTPROJECT

Central Marine ConstructionInc. is scheduled to construct segmented stone sills as part of a livingshoreline improvement project within Parish Creek in Anne Arundel Countythrough October 31. The work will be conducted Monday through Friday, daylighthours only. The project includes placing stone material along the shoreline atShady Cove Peninsula in Shadyside, Md., in approximate position latitude: 38°50' 54" N, 076° 30' 08" W, from an anchored barge in the West Riverat the mouth of Parish Creek. The material will be delivered to the site bybarge. Two smaller barges will also be on site. Interested mariners may contactthe Central Marine 25-foot tender Pusherman on channel 16 or 13. Chart: 12270.

 

MD  CHOPTANK RIVER, CAMBRIDGE CREEK: BRIDGECLEANING AND PAINTING

Cleaning andpainting operations are scheduled through October 31 at the MD 795 (lift)Bridge over Cambridge Creek at Cambridge, Md. To facilitate operations, thedrawbridge will be maintained in the open position to vessels for the durationand the available horizontal clearance will be reduced for a net toapproximately 40 feet for the passage of vessels. Chart: 12268.

 

PROJECTSCURRENTLY UNDERWAY

 

MD C&DCanal/Chesapeake City Basin Anchorage

Dredging toAugust 20.

 

MD BaltimoreHarbor - Seagirt Marine Terminal

Constructioninto 2012.

 

EVENTS

 

MD  CHESAPEAKE BAY, CHOPTANK RIVER: OxfordRegatta

The annualOxford Regatta sail races are scheduled to be held on the Chesapeake Bay,Choptank River and Tred Avon River during August 13-15. On Friday, August 13,the Race-to-Oxford sail race will start near Annapolis, at noon and finish offthe Tred Avon Yacht Club; on Saturday, August 14, the Robert K. Robson MemorialRound-the-Buoys sail race will start at 9 a.m. and the One-Design and the LogCanoe sail races will start at 10 a.m.; and on Sunday, August 15, theOne-Design and the Log Canoe sail races will start at 10 a.m. Chart: 12266.

 

MD CHESAPEAKEBAY, SEVERN RIVER: Poker run

A poker run isscheduled on the Severn River, Spa Creek and Back Creek on Saturday, August 14,from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will consist of approximately 150 participatinginflatable dinghies, and will start and finish at the Eastport Yacht Club.Safety patrol personnel can be contacted on channel 16. Charts 12282, 12283.

 

MD CHESAPEAKEBAY, EASTERN BAY AND SOUTH RIVER: Open water swim event

An open waterswim is scheduled in the Chesapeake Bay along the shoreline at Bay Ridge, inAnnapolis on Sunday, August 15, from 8 a.m. to noon. Up to 200 swimmers willparticipate on a one-mile marked course with a start and finish located southof Tolly Point. Chart: 12270.

 

MD HEAD OFCHESAPEAKE BAY, NORTHEAST RIVER: Swim event

The swim portionof the North East Triathlon is scheduled to occur in the Northeast River onSunday, August 15 at 5:30 a.m. Approximately 850 swimmers will start and finishat the North East Community Park in waves, along marked 750-meter and1500-meter courses starting at 7:30 a.m., with three to five minute intervalsfor each wave and completing the swim course at 9:30 a.m. Chart 12274.

 

MD CHESAPEAKEBAY, BALTIMORE HARBOR AND APPROACHES: Poker run

A power boatpoker run is scheduled in and about Baltimore Harbor and its approaches onSaturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Up to 45 vessels will start at KentNarrows, have various stops in and near the Patapsco River, then finish atNabbs Creek. Chart :12274.

 

MD HEAD OFCHESAPEAKE BAY: Power boat poker run

A power boatpoker run is scheduled on the upper Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, August 28. Upto 85 participating vessels (24 to 51 feet in length) will depart North East,Md., in three waves between 10:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., transit southward in theupper Chesapeake Bay en route Grasonville, Kent Island, Md., then depart at3:15 p.m. and transit northward to North East, returning by 5 p.m. (withvarious stops both directions). Chart 12274.

 

 

POTOMAC RIVER

 

 

GENERAL NOTICES

 

ST. MARY'S RIVER:  TEMPORARY SAFETY ZONE

Mariners are advised thatthe Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore is establishing atemporary safety zone in the navigable waters of the St. Mary's River during aflare countermeasures exercise and demonstration from an airborne militaryhelicopter hovering at a minimum of 1,000 feet above the surface of the St. Mary'sRiver, near St. Inigoes, Md. The safety zone will be effective from August 16through August 27; however, the zone will only be enforced for a two-hourperiod on a single day during the week of August 16, and if necessary due toinclement weather or availability of aircraft, for a two-hour period on asingle day during the week of August 23.

Notification of thetemporary safety zone and updates to it will be provided by marine informationbroadcasts. The safety zone includes all waters of the St. Mary's River, nearits confluence with the Potomac River, within a one nautical mile radius of anairborne CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter in approximate position latitude38°06'49" N, longitude 076°26'35" W, located approximately 2,300 yardswest-northwest of Sage Point, Md. (NAD 1983). This zone is necessary to promotepublic safety and protect mariners transiting the area from the potentialhazards associated with a military pyrotechnic flare exercise, such as theaccidental discharge of flares, dangerous projectiles, and falling hot embersor other debris. The effect will be to restrict vessel traffic on a certainportion of the St. Mary's River. Vessels will be allowed to transit the watersof the St. Mary's River outside the safety zone. The Coast Guard onsite can becontacted on channels 13 and 16 VHF-FM.

 

 


 Shoaling Updates

Here are reports of shoaling and/or hazards we've received recently:

 • Kent Narrows: Deeper draft vessels should use caution when transiting Kent Narrows from north to south. The "red" side of the channel when entering from the Chester River has apparently shoaled to under 5 feet. However, 6 to 7 feet can be found closer to the "green" side between markers "G3" and "G9" and at least 8 feet on the approach to the bridge.

• Knapps Narrows: The Knapps Narrows channel is apparently shoaling to about 5 feet on the west side opposite red "4". There is room enough for single-file passage through this part of the channel, but possibly not more.

• Near Worton Creek: Several boaters have reported an uncharted hazard about 4 feet below the surface just outside Worton Creek in about 10 feet of water. We've been told that the coordinates of this unknown obstruction are approximately 39.17.601N and 76.10.190W.

 
 
 
 

Notice to Chesapeake Mariners
June 2010


The heat is on and boating season is well underway! Regattas, fireworks, and other water-centered activities are cropping up all over the Bay. Be sure to check the events sections of this Notice. Often restrictions apply, and always, of course, use caution while boating near an event.


One more note. Since this is the beginning of the official boating season, we've devoted much of this Notices to summaries of shoaling, hazards and ongoing construction projects. After this, we'll just give you the new ones. And please remember to share your own experiences of shoaling or unmarked hazards with us! Email channel9@cbmmag.net.

Meanwhile, see you on the water!


ALL OF THE BAY
ABOUT A BUOY

The Coast Guard reminds everyone that aids to navigation depicted on charts make up a system of fixed and floating aids that have varying degrees of reliability. Therefore it is best not to rely solely on any single aid to navigation, particularly a floating aid.

As for buoys, the buoy symbol is used to indicate the approximate position of the buoy and its sinker-this is what secures the buoy to the seabed. The approximate position is used because of practical limitations in positioning and maintaining buoys and their sinkers in precise geographical locations. These limitations include, but are not limited to, inherent imprecisions in position-fixing methods, prevailing atmospheric and sea conditions, the slope of and the material making up the seabed, the fact that buoys are moored to sinkers by varying lengths of chain, and the fact that buoy body and/or sinker positions are not under continuous surveillance, but are normally checked only during periodic maintenance visits which often occur more than a year apart. In other words, the position of the buoy can inside and outside the charting symbol due to the forces of nature. Buoys can also be carried away, shifted, capsized, sunk, etc. Lighted buoys may be extinguished or sound signals may not function as the result of ice, running ice or other natural causes, collisions, or other accidents.

It's therefore good practice to use bearings to fixed objects and aids to navigation ashore in addition to the floating buoys when possible.



LOWER BAY
The Chesapeake south of Smith Point

General Notices

VA Elizabeth River, Lamberts Point: DIVING OPERATIONS
Crofton Diving will be conducting diving operations from the PMT Terminal to Lamberts Point Pier across the Elizabeth River, paralleling the Midtown Tunnel until about June 2. Diving will be conducted from barges and at times will be located in the navigation channel and my result in a restriction of traffic. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads will monitor work locations and my be contacted for updates, and it is requested that all vessels contact them prior to transiting the dive operations area. The barge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. All vessels are requested to transit at a NO WAKE speed. Chart: 12245.

VA Chesapeake Bay Approaches, Thimble Shoal Channel, Norfolk Harbor Reach: MILITARY OPERATIONS
The U.S. Second Fleet will be conducting Exercise Frontier Sentinel through June 14. Training will include air, surface activities and diving operations. Submerged objects will be present during the exercise and will be in the following box areas for training purposes:
37 01.59N/076 02.22W
37 01.00N/076 02.22W
37 01.00N/076 00.07W
37 01.59N/076 00.07W
37 00.48N/076 11.07W
37 00.48N/076 12.21W
36 58.40N/076 12.21W
36 58.40N/076 11.07W
36 58.56N/075 56.55W
36 58.27N/075 56.55W
36 58.26N/075 47.27W
36 58.56N/075 47.27W
36 56.38N 075 50.28W
36 55.38N 075 50.28W
36 55.38N 075 46.20W
36 56.38N 075 46.20W
All boaters are asked to keep at least 1 nm away from the training operations and use caution while transiting the area. The object-clearing training operations, however, will give way to commercial traffic in the channel. On-scene Navy units will monitor VHF Channel 16. For more details, contact Cdr. David Givey, USN, at 757-443-9850. Chart: 12222.


Summary of Hazards and Shoaling


VA Virginia Inside Passage: Shoaling to a depth of less than 1.0 foot MLW has been reported between Virginia Inside Passage Light 214 (LLNR 6350) and Virginia Inside Passage Light 226 (LLNR 6420). Chart 12224.

VA James River, Tyler Beach: The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling to a depth of 2.5 feet MLLW in the vicinity of Tyler Beach Channel Light 7 (LLNR 11720) and an obstruction in approximate position 37-04-55N, 076-39-47W in the vicinity of Tyler Beach Channel Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 11715). Chart: 12248. And near Whiting Creek Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 15215). Chart: 12235.

VA Mobjack and York River entrance, Davis Creek: Shoaling to a depth of less than 3.0 feet MLW has been reported between Davis Creek Channel Light 2 (LLNR 14130) and Davis Creek Channel Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 14135). Chart: 12238.


Dredging and Marine Construction Projects Now in Progress


VA Elizabeth River Entrance/Sewells Point: Installation of underwater cable, including diving operations until completed.

VA Elizabeth River/Southern Branch Jordan Bridge: Demolition of the bridge until completed by 3W Marine Inc.

VA Elizabeth River/Norfolk Naval Station: Dredging by the dredge Lexington until about August 7.

VA Elizabeth River/Eastern Branch/ Berkley Bridge: Grating repair work will be underway on weekends through June 7 by McLean Contracting.

VA Rudee Inlet: Dredging by the dredge Rudee, operating 24/7 weather permitting.

VA Virginia Beach Oceanfront at 61st Street: Outfall pipe installation until November 20, 2011.



Bridge Permits, Regulations and Construction

Broad and Smith Creeks, Norfolk Light Rail Transit (fixed) Bridge: Hampton Roads Transit has begun construction for a replacement railroad bridge for light rail transit. Expected completion date is October 10.

Chickahominy River, new Route 5/Judith Stewart Dresser Memorial (fixed) Bridge: Demolition and construction work continues for the new high-level fixed bridge.

Elizabeth River South Branch, I-64/High Rise (lift) Bridge: The contact number for vessel openings has been changed to 757-424-9920. Cell phone numbers that were previously used will be disconnected.

Elizabeth River Eastern Branch, Berkley (lift) Bridge: To facilitate structural repairs, a two-hours advance notice is required for vessel openings beginning Fridays at 8 p.m. through Mondays at 4:30 a.m. on June 4-7. Also on the bridge, another test deviation is now in effect through September 3. The new test deviation will allow the draw to open on signal between 9-9:30 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-2:50 p.m., Monday-Friday, except federal holidays, with new operating procedures for transiting vessels. Concurrently, the Supplemental PRM proposes to temporarily change the regulations on the same opening schedule from September 4 to October 5, 2012. Comments period for both notices ends July 1.

York River, George P. Coleman (swing) Bridge: Closed to navigation for electrical repairs each day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. until June 9.

Rappahannock River, Robert Opie Norris (fixed) Bridge: Painting operations and structural steel repairs will be conducted until October 31, 2011.


Events

Hampton, Buckroe Beach: Tidewater Triathlon
June 12
The Old Point Tidewater Triathlon Event will be held on the Chesapeake near Buckroe Beach, Hampton on June 12, 7-8:30 a.m.


Norfolk, Elizabeth River: Harborfest Celebration
June 11-13
The 34th annual Norfolk Harborfest Celebration will draw a large number of spectator vessels in the small area of Town Point Reach. The Captain of the Port Hampton Roads will be enforcing special local regulations from Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13. Coast Guard patrols will monitor channels 13 and 16 during events. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and not to swim after sunset.




POTOMAC RIVER
From Point Lookout and Smith Point to Washington D.C.

Bridge Permits, Regulations and Construction


Anacostia River, 11th Street (fixed) bridges: Plans propose three new bridges and removal of the existing bridges with the exception of the some piers. Contractor will be mobilizing equipment to a location between the existing bridges. Marine construction operations are scheduled to conclude early this summer

Boundary Channel, George Washington Memorial Parkway/Humpback (fixed) Bridge: Reconstruction is continuing.

Woodrow Wilson (lift) Bridge: Construction of the new drawbridge has been completed and is awaiting as-built clearance information

Occoquan River, I-95 (fixed) Bridge: Widening of the northbound and southbound lanes continues until July 1.


Events


National Harbor: Weekly fireworks displays

Saturdays until September 4
Fireworks displays are scheduled along the Potomac River at National Harbor, Md., for every Saturday until September 4 at about 9:30 p.m. For comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division at telephone number (410) 576-2674 or 2693, or email at Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. Chart 12289.

Mount Vernon: Fireworks displays
July 4, October 6
Fireworks displays along the Potomac River off Mount Vernon will be held July 4 and October 6 between 8 and 10 p.m. Comments or questions may be addressed as above. Chart 12289.

Mouth of Potomac River: Potomac River Swim
June 5
The annual Potomac River Swim will be held across the mouth of the Potomac River on Saturday, June 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The 7.5-mile open water benefit swim, with approximately 45 participants, will start at Hull Neck, Va., and finish at Point Lookout, Md. Swimmers will be accompanied and supported by power boats and kayaks. The Coast Guard vessels on scene can be contacted on marine radio channel 16 VHF-FM Chart 12233.

Colonial Beach: Fireworks
June 12
A fireworks display will be held along the Potomac River from the end of the town pier at Colonial Beach, Va., on Saturday, June 12, (rain date June 13), at 9:30 p.m. Chart 12286.



UPPER BAY
The Chesapeake north of Point Lookout

Updates

MD Elk River, Elk Neck State Park: Boat Ramps Reopen
The Maryland Park Service has reopened the boat launching ramps in the Rogue's Harbor area of Elk Neck State Park. The ramps had been closed for 10 weeks during a renovation project. The final details of the renovation are ongoing and access to certain areas of the facility may still be limited. However, the piers, pilings and bulkhead that were damaged by several storms have been repaired. Additionally, the decking on the piers and bulkhead are being replaced and that phase of the project is ongoing. For further information contact park headquarters at (410) 287-5333.

Dredging and Marine Construction Projects Now in Progress


MD Chesapeake Bay/Poplar Island: Dredging until about June 1.

MD Chesapeake Bay/Poplar Island: Dredging by dredge Richmond until July 6

MD Baltimore Harbor/Seagirt Marine Terminal: Construction in progress into 2012 by McLean Contracting.

MD Baltimore Harbor Approach/Northwest Harbor: Dredging until completion (unspecified).



Hazards and Shoaling

We have received a report that the channel in the "Hart Miller Cut" has developed significant shoaling on the south side (and the north side although not as bad). The halfway point pair on the south side has less than 2 feet of water in the channel at low tide on the west side of the channel.

There is also shoaling on the north east side of Eastern Point on Middle River near the entrance to Sue Creek. Depths are 1-2 feet in this area.


Bridge Permits, Regulations and Construction


Curtis Creek, Pennington Avenue (lift) Bridge: NPRM sent to Federal Register. The NPRM would eliminate the need for a bridge tender by allowing the bridge to be operated from a remote location.

Oak Creek, S.R. 33 (fixed) Bridge: Through June 7, the navigation channel will be restricted to vessels to complete emergency bridge repairs.

Patuxent River, S.R. 231 (lift) Bridge: Cleaning and painting operations are in progress through January 2011.

Various Waterways in Maryland: Fiber optic cables will be installed by aerial attachment to existing bridges crossing over tidal waterways.


Events


Patuxent River: Poker Run
June 5
A power boat poker run is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, from noon to 6 p.m. Up to 25 participating vessels (21 to 42 feet in length) will operate on a designated route between Benedict and Solomons. For any comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division at (410) 576-2674, (410) 576-2693 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil. Chart 12264.

Chesapeake Bay near Severn River: Santa Maria Cup
June 2-9
The BoatUS Santa Maria Cup sail races will be held on the Chesapeake Bay June 2-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Approximately 10 sailboats (22 feet in length) will participate on short-distance (match racing) courses located in three designated areas near the mouth of the Severn River. Contact the Principal Race Officer on channels 16 and 05 VHF-FM. Comments or questions as above. Chart 12270.

Chesapeake Bay near Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Great Chesapeake Bay Swim
June 13
The 1-mile swim off Kent Island will start at 8 a.m. and finish at 9:30 a.m. The 4.4-mile swim across the Chesapeake Bay will start between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and is expected to finish by noon. During these events, a regulated area will be established between and adjacent to the spans of the Bay Bridge shore to shore, 500 yards north of the north span of the bridge and 500 yards south of the south span of the bridge. The regulated area will be enforced from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 13. Only authorized vessels will be allowed to enter the regulated area. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Baltimore can be contacted at telephone number 410-576-2525 or 2693. Patrol vessels enforcing this area can be contacted on marine radio channel 16 VHF-FM.

Chesapeake Bay off North Beach: Tri-Forces Triathlon swim event
June 19
The Tri-Forces Triathlon is scheduled to occur on the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, June 19, 8:30-9 a.m. The swim consists of approximately 200 participants operating on a 1/2-mile sprint on a marked course located just off North Beach, Md. Comments or questions as above. Chart 12263.

Baltimore Harbor, Northwest Harbor: Dragon Boat Challenge

June 19
The Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge will be held in the Northwest Harbor in Baltimore on June 19 (rain date June 20), 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The rowing regatta consists of two or three paddling teams (vessels are 41 feet in length) racing per heat. The designated courses are located off Tide Point, between the Domino Sugar Plant and North Locust Point Marine Terminal Pier 8. The Coast Guard will control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area. Coast Guard vessels enforcing this regulated area can be contacted on marine band radio channel 16 or 22A VHF-FM. Chart 12281.


Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
June 26
The annual Canal Day festival is scheduled to occur at Chesapeake City, Maryland on Saturday, June 26. A regulated area will be established in the anchorage basin at Chesapeake City, Md., midnight to midnight on June 26. On vessels authorized by the District Commander. Those needing entry during this time must contact the commander or representative by phone at 410-576-2693 or by marine band radio on VHF-FM Channel 16. Coast Guard vessels can be contacted on Channel 16 as well. Vessels entering this area must travel at no-wake speed.



May 17, 2010

 
Shoaling Alerts
 
Hart-Miller Island Cut
We have received a report from CBM Facebook friend Sean E. Kammer that the channel in the Hart Miller Cut has developed significant shoaling on the south side (and the north side, although not as bad). The halfway point on the south side has less than 2 feet of water in the channel at low tide on the west side of the channel.

Eastern Point, Middle River
Kammer also reports that there is shoaling on the north east side of Eastern Point on Middle River near the entrance to Sue Creek. Depths are 1 to 2 feet in this area.
 
(Please share your shoaling finds by emailing channel9@cbmmag.net!)


 
May 15, 2010
 
Coast Guard and NOAA set buoy to gather weather data

The Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration placed the eighth buoy in the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System in the Potomac River south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge near National Harbor, Md., on Friday, May 14.

Weather buoys collect data and report real-time environmental information, including wind speed, temperature and wave height. The buoys also serve as interpretive buoys that mark the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail that runs throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sledge, a 75-foot construction tender homeported in Baltimore, served as the platform to assist NOAA in setting the weather buoy into the Potomac River.

For more information visit http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/ or visit  http://www.buoybay.org/site/public/explore/locate.php to view a map of the CBIBS buoys


 
Notices to Chesapeake Mariners for May 2010

Please, note: Beginning with this Notice, we've pulled the Potomac River out of the Upper Bay (where it didn't really belong, anyway) and given it a category of its own.

LOWER BAY
Advance Notices

Elizabeth River, Eastern Branch: Berkley Bridge
A new temporary drawbridge operation schedule for the Berkley Bridge will be in effect until September 3. The bridge will now open on signal to vessels at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except federal holidays. Comments on this schedule should be made by July 1 to Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth VA 23704. Attn: Albert Grimes. Or email Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil.

Rappahannock River, Queens Creek: End temporary ATON
By May 31, the series of temporary aids to navigation set up during dredging will be removed and the permanent aids will be replaced. These include Daybeacons 1 through 12.

Chesapeake Bay Entrance, Sand Shoal Inlet: Discontinuing ATON
By July 26, the Coast Guard will discontinue Sand Shoal Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy A, Lighted Buoy 1, 3 and 6 and Buoy 5.

Chesapeake Bay, Tangier Sound and York River: Discontinuing ATON
Later this month, the sound signals on the following aids to navigation will be discontinued:
Chesapeake Channel Junction Lighted Gong Buoy CY
Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 46
York River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 19
Tangier Sound Lighted Bell Buoy 9

York River entrance, Goodwin Thorofare Channel: Discontinuing ATON
Because of shoaling, the Coast Guard wants to discontinue Godwin Thorofare Channel Lights 10, 12, 13 and 16 and Daybeacon 14. Send comments by May 17 to Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth VA 23704. Attn: Albert Grimes. Or email Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil.


Dredging

Elizabeth River, Norfolk Naval Station

A dredge will be corking in the vicinity of Piers 3, 6, 7 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 at the Norfolk Naval Station from May 6 through August 7. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16.

Shoaling

Mobjack Bay, Davis Creek
Shoaling to a depth of less than 3 feet MLW has been reported between Davis Creek Channel Light 2 and Davis Creek Channel Daybeacon 4.

Chesapeake Bay, Salt Points
Shoaling has been reported in the Salt Ponds Channel. Boaters are advised to use caution.

Events

East River: Regattas
The 22nd annual Mathews High School Regatta will be held on the East River near Williams Wharf on May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Mathews Invitational Regatta will be held at the same location on May 17, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.



POTOMAC RIVER
Proposed Changes

Lower Potomac: Discontinue lighted whistle buoys
The Coast Guard is asking for comments on its proposal to discontinue Potomac River Middle Channel Lighted Whistle Buoys A through D. (See charts 12233, 12286 and 12285) Comments should include how this change would affect your navigation of the area. Write Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth VA 23704. Attn: Albert Grimes. Or email Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil.

Notices

Upper Potomac, Boundary Channel
The George Washington Memorial Parkway Bridge (Humpback bridge) over Boundary Channel Mile 0 is under construction and the vertical clearance until May 8 has been reduced from 18 to 15 feet, but remains open.

Events

Mount Vernon area: Fireworks displays
Fireworks will be launched from the Mount Vernon Estate grounds on May 22, Jul 4 and October 6. Caution transiting the area is advised.

Georgetown Channel: Dragon Boat Festival
The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival will take place May 15 and 16. A number of water events will take place upstream of the Key Bridge and downstream of the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. Patrols will be in the area.

Occoquan River: Boat Parade
The Occoquan River Maritime Association's annual blessing of the fleet will occur on Saturday, May 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. About 200 vessels will transit from the Occoquan River Channel Light 14 to Belmont Bay Harbor Marina.

Lower Potomac: Regatta
A sailing regatta will be held May 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the mouth of the Yeocomico River. Reduce speed to maintain a safe course.

Colonial Beach: Fireworks
A fireworks display along the Potomac River near the end of the town pier at Colonial Beach, Va., will be held on Saturday, June 12 at about 9:30 p.m.


UPPER BAY
Special Activities


Patuxent River: GPS Navigational Signal Testing
GPS navigation signals may be unreliable from May 3 until December 30 within 17 miles of position 38-15.7N 076-26,93W because of testing on GPS frequencies used on shipboard and handheld systems. Boaters are asked to report any GPS service outages they may experience in this area by calling 703-313-5900 or by using the Navigation Information Service website at www.navcen.uscg.gov.


Advance Notices


West River, Parrish Creek: Discontinue Daybeacon 6

The Coast Guard is asking for comments on discontinuing Parrish Creek Daybeacon 6 in order to increase the area of navigable water. Make comments to Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth VA 23704. Attn: Albert Grimes. Or email Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil. (Dredging has recently been completed in this area near the entrance to Parrish Creek, significantly improving navigation in the area.)

Hazards to Navigation


Tangier Sound: Submerged oyster ground
A submerged oyster ground has been reported between Tangier Sound Lighted Buoy 16 and Wicomico River Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 1. Mariners are urged to use caution in the area.

Baltimore Area: MHW vertical clearance on BFE transmission line crossings.
The Coast Guard has published new vertical clearances on nearly 20 BGE transmission line crossings, including Patapsco River, Back River and Bush River. For the complete list, see below.

Dredging

Poplar Island
Dredges will be opening in the vicinity of Poplar Island at the Southwest Borrow Area until July 6. Dredges monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are advised to stay well clear of the area.


Events

Nanticoke River, Bivalve: Nanticoke River Swim & Triathlon
This event will be held from the Cedar Hill Marina in Bivalve, Md., on Sunday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A regulated area will be established.

Patapsco River: Rowing regatta
The Baltimore High School Champions will be held Sunday, May 2, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at the western end of the Middle Branch boat basin to near the Ferry Bar.

Chester River: Chestertown Tea Party

This annual event will occur along the upper Chester River on Saturday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 
 
Revised BGE powerline clearances

Here are the changes to the vertical clearance at MHW (Mean High Water) for Baltimore Gas and Electric aerial transmission line crossings with their locations, including latitude and longitude:

A. Back River 39-18-18N, 076-30-13W (Essex Park/Chesaco Park) 42FT MHW.
B. Back River 39-18-19N, 076-30-14W (Essex Park/Chesaco Park) 8FT MHW.
C. Bear Creek 39-14-10N, 076-29-49W (Dundalk/Merritt Point) 50FT MHW.
D. Bullneck Creek Middle 39-14-58N, 076-30-14W (Dundalk/Merritt Point) 37FT MHW.
E. Bullneck Creek Middle 39-15-00N, 076-30-15W (Dundalk/Merritt Point) 34FT MHW.
F. Bullneck Creek North 39-15-08N, 076-30-10W (Dundalk/Merritt Point) 31FT MHW.
G. Bullneck Creek North 39-15-09N, 076-30-10W (Dundalk/Merritt Point) 3FT MHW.
H. Bullneck Creek South 39-14-48N, 076-30-20W (Dundalk/Merritt Point) 36FT MHW.
I. Bullneck Creek South 39-14-48N, 076-30-18W (Dundalk/Merritt Point) 40FT MHW.
J. Bush River 39-26-08N, 076-14-32W (Edgewood/Gun Point) 40FT MHW.
K. Bush River 39-26-07N, 076-14-32W (Edgewood/Gun Point) 25FT MHW.
L. Fosters Branch 39-24-06N, 076-20-47W (Joppatowne/Mariner Point) 50FT MHW.
M. Furnace Creek 39-10-56N, 076-36-29W (Glen Burnie/ Thomas Point) 53FT MHW.
N. Marley Creek 39-10-19N, 076-35-05W (Glen Burnie/ Thomas Point 48FT MHW.
O. Otter Point Creek 39-26-41N, 076-15-40W (Edgewood/Flying Point) 54FT MHW.
P. Peach Orchard Cove 39-14-34N, 076-30-26W (Dundalk/Cattail Point) 30FT MHW.
Q. Peach Orchard Cove 39-14-34N, 076-30-25W (Dundalk/Cattail Point) 37FT MHW.
R. Saltpeter Creek 39-21-10N, 076-23-26W (Middle River/Marshy Point) 44FT MHW.
S. Taylors Creek 39-24-10N, 076-21-10W (Joppatowne/Mariner Point) 44FT MHW.

The clearances are taken at the lowest point on the conductor sag, which may or may not coincide with the center of the waterway

(Published by the Coast Guard in Notice to Mariners, Fifth District, 17/10)


 
 
April 6, 2010
 
 
 

Coast Guard increases presence in Washington D.C. area for GlobalNuclear Security Summit

Local citizens and visitors will begin seeing anincreased Coast Guard presence on the water April 12 and April 13 as units ofCoast Guard Station Washington D.C. begin operating an increased patrolschedule during the Global Nuclear Security Summit throughout the national capitalregion.

The increased homeland security initiatives willinclude extra patrols and the deployment of additional crewmembers andresources. The Coast Guard will work closely with federal, state and local lawenforcement partners to protect the waters of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers inand near Washington.

"Our goal is to work with our government and privatesector partners to deliver a safe and secure environment for the dignitaries,event participants and the general public," said Capt. Mark O'Malley, thesector commander of Sector Baltimore. "We're bringing to bear all the maritimesecurity capabilities necessary, but the NCR and the Potomac and AnacostiaRivers remain open for business and recreation."

The Coast Guard's security initiatives are one ofmany layers of increased security during the summit. The Coast Guard willcontinue to perform all of its standard missions of search and rescue and lawenforcement in addition to its homeland security responsibilities.

 


April 6, 2010

 

 

Berkley Bridge to shut down for weekend repairs

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The5th Coast Guard District commander has issued a temporary deviation from theregulation governing the operating schedule of the Berkley Bridge across theEastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk.

Thedeviation is necessary to facilitate structural repairs to the lift spans andresurfacing the bridge roadway, both of which can only be completed with thebascule span in the closed position.

Underthis temporary deviation, the drawbridge will be maintained in theclosed-to-navigation position on four separate weekends beginning at 8 p.m. onFridays until 4:30 a.m. on Mondays from April 23 through 26; April30 through May 3; May 14 through 17; and June 4 through 7. In addition, ifinclement weather occurs, the closures may be rescheduled to May 7through 10 or June 18 through 21.

Duringthese closure periods, openings of the draw spans for vessels, along withthe removal of barges in the waterway, will be provided if at least two hoursadvance notice is given to the bridge operator at (757) 494-2490. Nosignificant marine events are scheduled during these times, and the waterwaywill still allow for the passage of vessels less than 48 feet tall.

Smallervessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening may do so atmost times.  There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting thissection of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River.  The bridge can beopened for emergencies but may be delayed by two hours.

"Doingthe repairs during the weekend will avoid negative impacts on the weekdayrush-hours," said Terrence Knowles of the 5th District bridge branch."We're also avoiding impacts on mariners because the majority ofcommercial marine traffic on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River operateduring the week, not the weekend."

"Also,this weekend repair deviation should not be confused with the ongoing deviationto change the drawbridge operating schedule during the week, which was due toincreased land traffic impacts," Knowles said.

If you havequestions about the deviation or need further assistance, please do nothesitate to call or e-mail Knowles at 757-398-6587 or  Terrance.A.Knowles@uscg.mil .

 

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March Notices to Chesapeake Mariners

Notices to mariners are divided between the Upper Bay (south to, and including, the Potomac River) and the Lower Bay, with a few All Bay notices. To keep text to a minimum, we won't repeat ongoing issues. And, if you come upon anything unexpected while you're out on the Bay--shoaling, hazards, missing markers, etc., let us know. Email us at channel9@cbmmag.net. Meanwhile, happy boating!


ALL OF THE BAY   

The 2010 Light List is now online and available for download. The Light List has been corrected through the end of 2009. Click on the link on the lefthand side of this email to go to the download site.

For the past 30 years, officers, coaches and sailors at the U.S. Naval Academy have been conducting an annual Safety at Sea Seminar for boaters. The program is now sponsored by the Naval Academy Sailing and the Maryland Marine Trades Association for both cruisers and racers. The two-day program will be held March 27 and 28. For all the details, click here.

LOWER BAY  

ADVANCE NOTICES
Nassawadox Creek: Aids to Navigation Change
Because of continued shoaling on Nassawadox Creek, the Coast Guard can no longer access and safely mark the waterway. So beginning March 16, the Coast Gurad will discontinue the airs marking Nassawadox Creek.

PROPOSED CHANGES
Lower Chesapeake Bay: Proposal to Discontinue Sound Signals on ATON
The Coast Guard is seeking comments on a plan to discontinue and remove the following sound signals:
a. Chesapeake Channel Junction Lighted Gong Buoy CY
b. Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 46
c. James River Channel Lighted Gon Buoy 55
d. York River Lighted Bell Buoy 19
e. Tangier Sound Lighted Bell Buoy 9
(Charts 12221, 12231, 1225, 12251)
Send comments by March 16 on how this could affect you. Include how you navigate this waterway. Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Room 100, Portsmouth Va., 23704, Attn: Albert Grives; or email Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil

WORK NOTICES
Berkley Bridge, Eastern Branch of Elizabeth River, Norfolk: Schedule Changes
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation in its opening schedule to reflect comments made during its first trial deviation beginning last fall. The new deviation trial will begin March 10 and end September 13. The bridge will continue to open to vessels requesting passage at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. If the bridge has not already opened at one of those times (except 2:30 p.m.), a request may be made to open up to 30 minutes after the scheduled time. (For 2:30, the request needs to be made up to 20 after the scheduled time.) Requests for delayed openings maybe made ahead of time by calling the traffic control room at 757-494-2490. Comments should be addressed by July 1 to Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Portsmouth, Va., 23704.

U.S. Navy Deperming Station at Lamberts Point: Submerged Cable Installation
Divers will be installing a submarine cable at the station until about March 17. Dayshapes and flags will be displayed. The channel wil remail open, but a No Wake speed is requested. The barge may be contacted on VHF 13 and 05.

Salt Ponds, Black River, Hampton: No Wake Zones Established
The City of Hampton has established No Wake daybeacons at several locations on Salt Ponds and Back River Southwest Branch.

Little Wicomico River: Dredging
The dredge Richmond should be ending its dredging operations in te Little Wicomico River this week. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the barge and beware of bloating and submerged pipelines, derricks and operating wires.


UPPER BAY   

ADVANCE NOTICE
Susquehanna river: ATON Change
The Coast Guard will discontinue Fishing Battery Light on March 18.

TEMPORARY CHANGES
Upper Potomac River, 14th Street Bridge: Construction
Rehabilitation work is underway on piers 3, 4 and 5 of the 14th Street Bridge over the upper Potomac River near Georgetown. Work will continue until July. Temporary lights have been established while work continues.

Severn River, Annapolis: Safety at Sea Seminar
On-water activities involving small boats, a low-flying helicopter and pyrotechnics demonstrations will tale place in the Severn River adjacent to the U.S Naval Academy and between the Academy Bridge (S.R. 450) and Triton Light on Saturday, March 27, from noon to 1 p.m. Waters in the area will be restricted during from 11 a.m. through 1:30. Monitor VHF 16 and 22A.

Poplar Island: Dredging
The dredge Lexington will be working at Poplar Island in the Southwest Borrow Area Area until July 6. Boaters should use caution and stay well clear of barges, lines and pipelines in the area. The dredge will monitor VHF 13 and 16.

Oak Creek, Eastern Bay: Channel Restriction
Emergency repairs will be underway to the S.R. 33 fixed highway bridge across Oak Creek between Newcomb and St. Michaels from March 22 until July 7. The 60-foot wide navigation channel, the navigation channel in the vicinity of the bridge will be restricted during this period and will not be passable. Vessels transiting Oak Creek outside the navigation channel do so at their discretion. It is crucial that mariners operating in the area maintain a No Wake speed. For more information, contact Covington Machine and Welding at 410-841-6868 or Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Waterways Management Division at 410-576-2674 or Ronald.L.Houck@uscg.mil (Chart 12270)

Potomac River: Mount Vernon Underwater Surveys
The Institute of Maritime History (see "Splash" Chesapeake Bay Magazine, February 2010) will be conducting underwater archaeological surveys on the Potomac River in the vicinity of Mount Vernon from April 24 through May 2, between Whitestone Point and Sheridan Point, Va. Surveys will occasionally include divers. The group will also be operating on Dogue Cree and Little Hunting Creek. Contact the research vessel Roper by VHF 16. (Chart 12289)





February Notices to Chesapeake Mariners

Notices to mariners are divided between the Upper Bay (south to, and including, the Potomac River) and the Lower Bay, with a few All Bay notices. To keep text to a minimum, we won't repeat ongoing issues. And, if you come upon anything unexpected while you're out on the Bay--shoaling, hazards, missing markers, etc., let us know. Email us at channel9@cbmmag.net. Meanwhile, happy boating!


ALL OF THE BAY   

As announced earlier, the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday, February 8, will end transmission of all U.S. Loran-C signals. Although the U.S. Loran-C signals will be permanently discontinued, American participation in the the Russian-American and Canadian Loran-C chains will continue for the length of those agreements.

This next issue pertains only to those boaters traveling offshore, particularly those transiting south out of the Bay. Late last month, the Coast Guard received a report that 30 cargo containers had fallen overboard in position 28-55.144N 079-48.188W, approximately 45 nautical miles northeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla. The containers were reported to be drifting north with the Gulf Stream.

LOWER BAY  

ALBEMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL and GREAT BRIDGE
LOCKS CLOSURE
The lock at Great Bridge, Chesapeake, Va., will close to navigation Tuesday, February 9, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will close to vessel traffic during the Great Bridge lock closure Feb. 9. The closure is needed to facilitate the changing of lock gates at the Great Bridge facility. Boaters desiring to transit the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the closure may use the Dismal Swamp Canal, Route 2. Bridge and lock operators monitor marine radio channel 13. For current status on the depths, etc., of the Dismal Swamp Route, contact the Corps. of Engineers at 757-201-7500. Chart: 12206.

LOWER JAMES RIVER
DREDGING
The dredge Lexington is dredging in the James River between James River Channel Lighted Buoy 27 and James River Channel Lighted Buoy 32 until March 15. the dredge will monitor VHF-FM 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. Remember 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. A NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. Chart 12248. Note that James river Channel Lighted Buoys 27, 28 and 29 have been discontinued for the duration of the dredging project.

BARGE AGROUND NEAR BLUFF POINT
HAZARD
A NTCM subscriber reports that a barge that ran aground between Dividing Creek and Indian Creek near Bluff Point in November remains a navigational hazard. The Coast Guard at Milford Haven says the situation is being addressed.


UPPER BAY   

HEAD OF CHESAPEAKE BAY
AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE
The Coast Guard has completed its consultation of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and will discontinue Fishing Battery Light on February 18. Fishing Battery Light is located three miles south of Havre de Grace and the entrance to the Susquehannah River. The light was erected in 1853.

BALTIMORE HARBOR
CONSTRUCTION
Marine construction operations are underway at the Seagirt Marine Terminal berth 4 until February 2012. Work will include bottom boring, mechanical dredging, demolition and pile driving. Crane and deck barges will be moored in the construction site and will be lighted according with the Rules of the Road. Mariners are requested to transit the site with caution and if necessary contact the assisting vessels Sweet Pea, WB 29 or Josephine on VHF-FM 13. Chart: 12281.

UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: NANJEYMOY CREEK
DREDGING
Lake Services, Inc. is conducting mechanical dredging operations in Nanjeymoy Creek until February 25. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM 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. Remember 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. A NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. Chart: 12288.

SMITH ISLAND
DREDGING
The dredge Richmond is conducting dredging operations on Smith Island in the West Entrance Channel between the jetties and continuing to Levering Creek, Rhodes Point to Tylerton, Tyler Ditch, Big Thorofare and Twitch East Entrance Channel until April 25. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels, and all vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. Chart: 12231.

WICOMICO RIVER: FISHING BAY and WEBSTER COVE
DREDGING
The dredge Elicott 370 will be conducting mechanical dredging operations in the Webster Cove Harbor Marina until February 14. A crane-barge, pusher boats and assisting vessels will be on scene. A pipeline will extend toward the mouth of the Wicomico River approximately 1.6 miles to the disposal area. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM 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. Again, a NO WAKE speed is requested of transiting vessels, and al vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. Chart: 12261.



Coast Guard calls a halt to Loran-C broadcasts

    North American Loran-C signal will end Feb. 8

The U.S. Coast Guard's Director of Prevention Policy announced Thursday, January 7,  that  broadcasting of the North American Loran-C signal would cease Feb. 8.

As a result of technological advancements during the last 20 years and the emergence of the U.S. Global Positioning System, the Coast Guard statement said, Loran-C is no longer required by the armed forces, the transportation sector or the nation's security interests, and is used by only a small segment of the population.

President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2010 budget did not seek funding for the Loran-C system and its termination was also supported through the 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.

You can find the notice online at www.regulations.gov, docket number: USCG-2009-0299.



DNR to Assess Wake Issues
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    Speeding Complaints on Knapps Narrows

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering several actions to help curb large boat wakes in Knapps Narrows located in Talbot County.

DNR Director of Boating Services Bob Gaudette recently met with local business owners and residents regarding problems caused by large boat wakes in Knapps Narrows. The message to DNR was that these boat wakes are creating problems for boats docked along the Narrows and are hazardous to paddle boaters using the waterway.

Knapps Narrows is a busy thoroughfare for both local and transient recreational and light commercial vessels. It currently has a DNR regulated 6 knot all times speed limit. However, the problems being witnessed indicate that the posted speed limit is not being obeyed or that some boaters are operating their boats in such a manner that they are creating damaging wakes.

"One issue facing the Narrows is that much of it is has been hardened with timber bulkheads, which has a tendency to reflect waves making them larger and more damaging to adjacent docked boats," said Bob Gaudette. "Based on the comments that I have heard, I believe that DNR needs to take a closer look at this problem and see what we can do to help alleviate this problem."

DNR's Hydrographic Operations Division has already placed additional signs in the area to better alert boaters of the posted speed limit and caution them that they are responsible for their boat wakes. In addition, DNR has contacted the State Highway Administration to have the bridge tender discourage boaters from speeding up during bridge openings. DNR also plans to closely monitor the problem this upcoming boating season as part of a regulatory review process with the State Boat Act Advisory Committee to see if additional regulatory and/or enforcement actions need to be undertaken to curtail this problem.

"I know that this situation is not only of concern to local business owners and residents, but also local elected officials including members of the Maryland General Assembly," said Gaudette. "We are confident that a solution can be worked out that will address the problem."

This DNR boating related activity is financed through the Waterway Improvement Fund, the revenues of which come from the 5 percent vessel excise tax that is paid when a boat is titled in Maryland.



Notice to Chesapeake Mariners
January 2010

Twenty-five years after the first load of dredge material was dumped on Hart-Miller Island, the last load of dredge material was dumped December 22. About 100 million cubic yards of material has been deposited to rebuild the island since 1984. In that time, 1,100 acres of park and recreation space has been created, including a wildly successful wildlife sanctuary. Where will the dredge from Baltimore Harbor and the Chesapeake channels in the upper Bay go now? Into the Masonville, Md., area to create land for new-automobile storage. The site was once used to dump debris from the fire that ravaged Baltimore in 1904.

LOWER BAY
 Here are the recent NTMs that pertain to the Bay south of the Potomac River:

 CHART CHANGE

 Chesapeake Bay, Wolf Trap to Smith Point
 Because of the many changes to the area in the past few months, a new NOAA chart is now being made available in both the Print-on-Demand and digital raster formats. See nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/dole.htm for detains. The pint version of this chart will be available in the next two to eight weeks.

 AIDS TO MARINERS: DISCREPANCIES

 Back Creek, Mobjack Bay Daybeacon 5: Damaged. Chart 12241.

 York River Entrance Channel Lighted gong Buoy 2: Light extinguished. Chart 12222

 AIDS TO MARINERS: CORRECTIONS

 Norfolk Entrance Reach Range Front Light: Watching properly. Chart 12245

 Norfolk Entrance Reach Range Rear Passing Light: Watching properly. Chart 12245

 James River Channel Light 137: Watching properly. Chart 12252

 Horn Harbor Light 2: Watching properly. Chart 12238



 UPPER BAY
 Here are the significant NTMs that pertain to the Bay north of Smith Point:

 AIDS TO MARINERS: DISCREPANCIES

 Craighill Channel Lighted Buoy 14: Light extinguished. Chart 12282

 Brewerton Channel Lighted Buoy: Light extinguished. Chart 12281

 Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoys 11, 34 and 37: Light extinguished. Charts 12272, 12278, 12274


 ADVISORIES

 Patuxent River: GPS Navigational Signal Testing.
 GPS navigation signals may be unreliable until April 30, 2010 in the 1300z-2300z range due to testing on GPS frequencies. Systems be be affected within a 15-mile radius of N 38.15.7, W 076.26.03. GPS users are encouraged to report any service outages during this period by calling 703-313-5900 or using the worksheet available at www.navcen.uscg.gov.

 Elk River, Approach to Chesapeake & Delaware Canal: Dredging
 Hydraulic dredging operations will be underway until January 15 at the entrance and inner reach of the Elk River. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 7, 13 and 16. A floating pipeline will transport the spoil to the beach and will be lighted and marked. Boaters are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires. Chart 12274.

 Patapsco River, Curtis (Creek) Bay: Bridge closure
 The I-695 lift bridge at mile 1 across Curtis (Creek) Bay, in Baltimore, will be closed to vessels during two periods for repairs to the trunnion bearings. The first closure will be from 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, until 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 6. The second closure will be from 8 a.m. on Monday, March 1, until 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. Chart 12278.




December 10, 2009

Yet ANOTHER change to Ben Sawyer Bridge and Waterway closure

The Ben Sawyer Bridge closing has now been postponed until January 2010.

PCL Civil Constructors, the Ben Sawyer Bridge Rehabilitation Contractor, has decided to wait until January 2010 to close the Ben Sawyer Bridge and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway north of Charleston, S.C.

Because of the inclement weather experienced recently and the additional storms forecast, the contractor has postponed activities necessary to proceed with the full closure scheduled for mid-December. In addition, an unexpected issue has arisen with the jacking system associated with the approach spans currently constructed on-site that could potentially affect the rolling of these spans into their final location. The contractor is investigating the jacking system to ensure that once the closure begins all risks will be minimized regarding the 236-hour closure.

The contract has a blackout period between December 18 and January 3, where closure of the bridge is prohibited. Recognizing the importance of the bridge for both local vehicle and boat trafficm the contractor has decided to wait until after the holidays to begin the full closure.



December 2009 Notice to Chesapeake Mariners


 With rain alternating with high winds, there has been little incentive recently--with a couple of warm and sunny exceptions--for extended outings on the Bay. As a consequence, most of the action this month concerns markers damaged by November storms and, more happily, holiday boat parades and fireworks (click on Cruiser's Calendar for a complete listing). And, oh, yes, dredging, the Bay's equivalent of orange-cone season.

 So bundle up and enjoy a boat parade near you this month, and dream about spring. Ah, spring! Meanwhile, get out on the water when you can.


 LOWER BAY

 Here are the recent NTMs that pertain to the Bay south of the Potomac River:

 MAJOR LIGHT DISCEPANCIES

 Cape Charles Lighted Bell Buoy 14: Light Extinguished. Chart 12224

 Chesapeake Bay southern Apprach lighted whistle Buoy CB: Light Extinguished. Chart 12200

 Chesapeake Channel Lighted Bell Buoy 22: Light Extinguished. Chart 12221

 Norfolk Entrance Reach Range Rear Light: Light Extinguished. Chart 12245

 Poquoson Flats Channel Daybeacons 2PF, 3 4 and 5: Damaged. Charts 12222 and 12221

 York Spit Warning Daybeacon: Damaged. Chart 12238

 Mobjack Bay Channel Buoy 1 MB: Sinking. Chart 12238

 New Point Comfort Spit Channe3l Light 2: Damaged. Chart 12238

 York Spit Swash Channel Daybeacons 1 and 2, York Daybeacons 5 and 6 and Swash Channel Light 3: All damaged. Charts 12241 and 12238

 Tangier Sound Lighted Bell Buoy 12: Light Extinguished. Chart 1231


 LIGHT DISCREPANCIES CORRECTED

 Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoys 10 and 14: Relighted. Chart 12222


 PROPOSED ATON CHANGES

 Sand Shoal Inlet. Chart 12210
 The Coast Guard proposes discontinuing the following Aids to Navigation at Sand Shoal Inlet because of shoaling. Comments are solicited.
 Sand Shoal Inlet Lighted Whistle Buoy A, Lighted Buoy 1, 3, Buoy 5 and Lighted Buoy 6. Comment by December 8 to Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth VA 23704, Attn: LTJG James Hilt, or email James M. Hilt@uscg.mil.


 DREDGING

 Queens Creek, York River
 Dredging in Queens Creek is underway until January 1, 2010. Dredge monitors VHF 13 and 16. Transiting boaters should use extreme caution in the area. Chart 12243


 SHOALING

 Virginia Inside Passage
 Shoaling to a depth of less than 1 foot MLW has been reported between Virginia Inside Passage lights 214 and 226. Chart 12224



 UPPER BAY

 Here are the significant NTMs that pertain to the Bay north of Smith Point:

 MAJOR LIGHT DISCEPANCIES

 Baltimore Light: Light Extinguished. Chart 12282

 Brewerton Channel Range Front Light: Light Extinguished. Chart 12281

 Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 13: Light Extinguished. Chart 1272

 Choptank River Channel Light 34: Damaged. Chart 12268


 LIGHT DISCREPANCIES CORRECTED

 Craighill Channel Range Front Light: Relighted. Chart 12273

 Brewerton Channel Eastern Extension Lighted Buoy 2BE: Relighted. Chart 12272

 Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 38: Reset on Station. Chart 12274

 Pooles Island North Range Front and Rear lights: Relighted. Chart 12274


 DREDGING and CONSTRUCTION

 Baltimore Harbor and Patapsco River
 Dredging is now being conducted in the Northwest Harbor-East Channel. Dredge material will be transported to Hart-Miller Island by tug and scow. The channel will be restricted during operations. Lights and dayshapes will be adjusted as the dredging moves from side to side of the channel. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge before passing and to maintain a No Wake speed. Chart 12281 and 12278

 Anacostia River
 Marine constructions operations are scheduled at the 11th Street (I-295) bridges across the Anacostia River at mile 2.1 in Washington D.C., until late spring 2010. The channel will remain passable, restricted briefly when barges are moved. Chart 12289


 SHOALING

 Hains Point, Upper Potomac River
 An Army Corps of Enginners survey in July indicates shoaling to a depth of 9.5 feet MLLW southeast of hains Point. Charts 12285 and 12289


 MARINE EVENTS

 Spa Creek, Severn River: Boat Parade and Fireworks
 The annual Eastport yacht Club lights parade is schedule for Annapolis Harbor on Saturday, December 12 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Boating is restricted for the route of the parade. Fireworks will be discharged from a barge located at the mouth of Spa Creek at about 7:30 p.m.

 Baltimore Harbor: Boat Parade
 The Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats is scheduled for Baltimore Harbor on Saturday, December 5. Parade forms at 5 p.m., starts at Fells Point and proceeds to the Inner Harbor at 5, finishing at Fells Point at 7:30.

 Washington and Alexandria Channels: Boat Parade
 The Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is scheduled in the Upper Potmac on Saturday, December 5. Parade forms near hains point at 4, then proceeds along the waterfront in Washington at about 5, then turns downriver to the waterfront in Alexandria from 6 to 7 p.m.

 New Years Fireworks
 Baltimore: Display begins at midnight on Thursday, December 31 at the Inner Harbor.
 Annapolis: Display begins at 7:30 p.m. and then again at might night on December 31 at the mouth of Spa Creek.



November 21, 2009

Coast Guard repeats call for comments on Berkley Bridge changes
 

 

The Coast Guard reiterated Friday that it is accepting comments until Dec. 8 about the operating lift schedule of the Berkley Bridge.

The Fifth Coast Guard District encourages the public to submit their comments in writing to both the Berkley Bridge temporary deviation to the lift schedule and the 3-year proposed rule making via the normal regulatory process.

Comments may be submitted with the hyperlinks above or by visiting www.regulations.gov and searching with keyword USCG-2009-0754.

For those without access to a computer, comments can be faxed to 202-493-2251 or sent by mail to:

Commander (dpb)
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford St.
Portsmouth, VA 23704

The Virginia Department of Transportation is soliciting comments via their own survey.

Independent of the Coast Guard regulatory process, VDOT is collecting comments and has notified the Coast Guard that it will submit the comments to the public record. An early version of the survey implied Coast Guard endorsement, and VDOT has since amended its survey to reflect that it is solely a VDOT effort.

For further questions on this proposed rule or copies of Public Notice 5-1158 which describes the deviation schedule in detail, call Waverly Gregory, bridge administrator for the Fifth Coast Guard District, at (757) 398-6222 or e-mail at Waverly.W.Gregory@uscg.mil



November 20, 2009

WARNING: ICW north of Charleston, SC, will be closed from December 1 through December 11

Due to a complete replacement of the swinging span of the Ben Sawyer Bridge (Mile 462), a stretch of the ICW north of Charleston Harbor in South Carolina will be closed to ALL TRAFFIC from 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, through Friday, December 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Cruising boaters should time their passages accordingly, as the only way around this closure involves blue-water cruising in the North Atlantic. If weather permits, properly equipped boats can go outside the Waterway at Winyah Bay and re-enter the ICW via the Charleston Harbor Inlet. The other creeks and inlets between Winyah Bay and Charleston Harbor are heavily shoaled, poorly marked and potentially dangerous in ocean surf.

The safest course for most ICW cruisers is to pass the Charleston area before or after the scheduled closure.

These are revised dates announced by the Army Corps of Engineers and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). In addition, NCDOT will be testing the repairs of the bridge from Saturday, December 12, through Monday, December 14, when there will be limited bridge openings.




November 17, 2009

ICW Lock Re-Opened

As of Monday afternoon, November 16, the Army Corps of Engineers has reopened the lock at Great Bridge, Virginia, with the caution that cruisers might encounter "some problems" during higher-than-normal tides.



November 16, 2009

ICW Lock Closed

The crucial lock at Great Bridge, VA, is officially closed "until further notice, because of high water."
If you are passing from Virginia to North Carolina, the only way to do so is to use the Dismal Swamp Canal.




November 15, 2009

Ports lower status following Noreaster's exit


The Coast Guard has changed the port conditions for the Mid-Atlantic region as the recent Nor'easter weather conditions subsided.

The Coast Guard reminds all vessels to remain alert for possible debris resulting from recent strong winds and high tides and report any hazardous conditions to the nearest sector.
 
The Coast Guard has set port conditions for the following ports:

Port of Baltimore, previously Yankee, has been changed Normal, or not restricted

Port of Hampton Roads, previously Zulu, was changed at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to Yankee from the sea to the Portsmouth Marine Terminal.

The James River has been reopened to all traffic below James River Channel Light 12.

At 2:30 p.m. the James River above James River Channel Light 12 and the York River were reopened to all commercial vessel traffic.

The Great Bridge Locks remain closed pending post storm assessments and the Lynnhaven inlet remains restricted due to pipeline dredge recovery operations and a Broadcast Notice to Mariners continues. The U. S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA are continuing aids to navigation and waterways surveys.




November 14, 2009

Salvage company continues preparations to move grounded barge near Sandbridge

The 580-foot barge La Princesa remains aground north of Sandbridge Pier in Virginia Beach.

Titan Maritime, LLC, continues preparations for salvaging the vessel and will attempt to begin operations when weather and sea conditions permit.

Members of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Strike Team, the Virginia Port Authority's Maritime Incident Response Team, the Virginia Beach Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team and Crowley Maritime Corporation, the barge's owner and operator, boarded the vessel earlier today to inspect the cargo for leaks and the vessel for structural integrity.

As a result of the inspection, the Coast Guard, MIRT, the Virginia Beach HazMat team and Crowley determined that the barge and its cargo currently pose no foreseeable threat to the environment or to the community.

Coast Guard personnel remain on-site and will continue to monitor salvage preparations. Tests revealed that no pollutants have been released into the air, and no chemical sheens have been reported on the water.

Friday's effort by Crowley to ballast the vessel was effective. The barge moved 7 yards overnight and remains 135 yards north of the pier.

The tug and barge were traveling from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Pennsauken, N.J., when the barge broke loose 50 to 100 miles from shore on Friday morning.



November 12, 2009

Coast Guard closes Port of Hampton Roads due to severe weather

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port set a port condition of ZULU for the Port of Hampton Roads due to severe weather.

Set at 1 p.m., the condition established a safety zone that closed the port to all vessel traffic and vessel transits.

The Coast Guard anticipates remaining in the ZULU status until severe weather ceases. The area affected by this order includes all navigable waters within approximately 30 miles of Thimble Shoal Light. The Coast Guard also asks all mariners to be extra vigilant as the port can expect sustained gale force winds in excess of 39 mph during the next 24 hours. Cargo handling operations at all facilities are to be terminated during this time.

Vessel movement is not authorized without prior approval form the Coast Guard captain of the port.

The Coast Guard requests that the public monitor local weather information, and for additional information on the storm, visit the National Hurricane Center Web site at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ .

The Port of Hampton Roads Maritime Heavy Weather Contingency Plan explains all port conditions and is available at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/portDirectory.do?tabId=1&cotpId=26




October 30, 2009

ICW Closure Update:
Closure of Ben Sawyer Bridge to be delayed until after Thanksgiving

After stirring up a hornet's nest of southbound cruisers, officials have decided not to close the Ben Sawyer Bridge--and effectively that portion of the ICW--until after the Thanksgiving holiday. The scheduled closing dates are from midnight November 30 through 11:59 p.m. December 9.


October 28, 2009

ICW Notice:
Closure of Ben Sawyer Bridge announced
for  November 11 through November 21


Due to a complete replacement of the swinging span of the Ben Sawyer Bridge (Mile 462), a stretch of the ICW north of Charleston Harbor in South Carolina will be closed to ALL TRAFFIC from Friday, November 11, through Monday, November 21.

Cruising boaters should time their passages accordingly, as the only way around this closure involves blue-water cruising in the North Atlantic. If weather permits, properly equipped boats can go outside the Waterway at Winyah Bay and re-enter the ICW via the Charleston Harbor Inlet. The other creeks and inlets between Winyah Bay and Charleston Harbor are heavily shoaled, poorly marked and potentially dangerous in ocean surf.

The safest course for most ICW cruisers is to pass the Charleston area before or after the scheduled closure.



October 23, 2009

VA. ELIZABETH RIVER, GILMERTON BRIDGE
Repairs to the fender system of the Gilmerton Bridge will cause restricted operations on the following dates:
7 a.m. October 30 through 7 a.m. November 2
7 a.m. November 6 through 7 a.m. November 9
7 a.m. November 13 through 7 a.m. November 16
During those times, openings are scheduled every two hours, however, vessels must give at least two-hours' notice. At all other times the bridge will operate on its normal schedule.

VA. ELIZABETH RIVER, BERKLEY BRIDGE
The Coast Guard proposes to temporarily change the drawbridge operations for the Berkley Bridge at mile 0.4 across the Elizabeth River (Eastern Branch) from October 9 to October 5, 20012:
The draw of  the bridge to open on signal to vessels at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.1007. The proposed change would provide set opening periods for the bridge during the day in order to relieve traffic congestion during the weekday daytime hours while still providing for the reasonable needs of navigation.
Comments on the proposal should be forwarded no later than December 8 to Commander (dpw),  Fifth District Coast Guard, 431 Crawford Street, Rm. 100, Portsmouth, VA 23704-5504 or by email to Albert.L.Grimes @uscg.mil.  Copies of PUBLIC NOTICE 5-1157 can be obtained by calling  (757) 398-6222. Chart: 12253.

MD. SEVERN RIVER, OYSTER REEF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
Corman Marine is scheduled to conduct an oyster reef building project in the Severn River at Annapolis, Md., from October 26 through December 31. The reefs will be constructed at four sites located between the Naval  Academy (SR-450) Bridge and the Severn River (US-50/301) Bridge.  The expected work will be conducted Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m.  through 5:30 p.m.  Mariners can contact the construction vessels on marine band radio channel 13 VHF/FM.  Chart: 12282.

MD. APPROACHES TO BALTIMORE SAILING REGATTA
The annual "Baltimore Harbor Leukemia Cup" sailing regatta will be held on the Patapsco River on  Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Approximately 70 sailboats will start at Baltimore Light (LLN-8035), then  proceed northward on the Chesapeake Bay and Patapsco River, and finish in the Northwest Harbor at Tide Point, in Baltimore. Marine band radio channel 72  VHF-FM.
 
MD. SEVERN RIVER, SPA CREEK. TUG OF WAR
The Maritime Republic of Eastport has issued its annual "Tug of War" challenge across Spa Creek on  Saturday, November 7, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event includes a 1,500-foot rope stretched across Spa Creek,  between the Annapolis City Dock and Second Street in Eastport. The becomes a restricted area for the duration of the event.


October 2009

 

All quiet on the Bay?
Well, except for a couple of little things . . .

THE wind is up and down, and the temperatures are jumping around like a boat dog on a hot foredeck. Yup, pretty much your typical fall on the Chesapeake. There are two things you might want to be aware of, though.

First the weird thing: If you're out boating this month and you suddenly hear a disembodied voice coming out of the sky, it's not the apocalypse, it's the U.S. Navy, which is sending helicopters over the Bay to make what it refers to as "voice announcements and sounds" at elevated volume levels. It's all part of the War on Terror, says the Navy. All we're saying is: Be warned! Get the details below under UPPER BAY, U.S. Navy Helicopter Operations.

Second, the new and happily temporary operating schedule for the Gilmerton Bridge over the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River. The bridge will be closed for work for several days early in October--prime time for the ICW trip south. Check the schedule below under LOWER BAY, General Notices.

MEANWHILE, be sure to stop by and say hello during the US Sailboat Show, October 8-12, and Powerboat Show, October 15-18. We'd love to hear your comments and suggestions! You'll find us, as always, on the Chesapeake Bay Magazine Bridge!



UPPER BAY

AIDS TO NAVIGATION

DISCREPENCIES:

Upper York River Channel Daybeacon 21 MISSING/TRLB 12243 37/09

Whiting Creek Channel Buoy 5 OFF STA 12237

Pocomoke River Channel Buoy 19 OFF STA 12228

Young Creek Daybeacon 2 TRUB/HAZ NAV/DBN DEST 12228

Onancock Creek Channel Daybeacon 2 STRUCT DMGD 12226

Windmill Point Marina Light 3 HAZ NAV/LT EXT 12235


FIXES:

Thimble Shoal Channel Lighted Buoy 18 RELIGHTED 12245

Old Point Comfort Light RELIGHTED 12245

Swann Point Shoal Channel Range Front Light RELIGHTED 12251

Dancing Point Shoal Channel Range Rear Light RELIGHTED 12251

York River East Range Rear Light RELIGHTED 12241

James River Channel Light 74A WATCHING PROPERLY 12251

Greenvale Creek Channel Light 2G REBUILT/RECOVERED 12237

Little Wicomico River Light 4 RELIGHTED 12233


TEMPORARY CHANGES:

Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Bell Buoys 10-15 RELOCATED FOR DREDGING 12245


ADVANCE NOTICES:

VA -- RAPPHANNOCK RIVER -- GREENVALE CREEK
AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE
Greenvale Creek Channel has been dredged and by the end of October the following aids to navigation will be changed:
Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon B will be changed to Daybeacon 4.
b. Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon C will be changed to Daybeacon 6.
c. Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon D will be changed to Daybeacon 8.
d.Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon E will be changed to Daybeacon 10.
e. Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon F will be changed to Daybeacon 12.
f. Greenvale Creek Warning Daybeacon G will be changed to Daybeacon 14.
Chart: 12237.

VA -- YORK RIVER --PAGES ROCK WARNING DAYBEACON A
On or about October 19, the Coast Guard will discontinue Pages Rock Warning Daybeacon A. Send comments to: Commander (dpw) Fifth District Coast Guard , 431 Crawford Street, Rm. 100, Portsmouth, Va. 23704-5504; e-mail address: Albert.L.Grimes @uscg.mil Charts: 12241, 12243.



GENERAL NOTICES

VA --ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH)
GILMERTON DRAWBRIDGE OPENING RESTRICTIONS
Fender system repairs on the Gilmerton Lift Bridge (US 13/460) across the Elizabeth River (Southern Branch), at AIWW mile 5.8, in Chesapeake, Va., will restrict the normal operation of the drawbridge. Restricted operations are scheduled for October 2, from 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. on October 5. Additionally, the drawbridge operations will be restricted each night beginning October 5 through October 8, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day. Finally, drawbridge operations will be restricted on October 9, from 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. on October 12, 2009. Drawbridge openings are scheduled every two hours on the hour. All piloted vessel will be permitted to transit upon request to the bridge tender with a two hour notice. The bridge tender may be contacted at 757- 545-1512 or via marine radio on Channel 13. At all other times, the drawbridge as usual. Chart: 12253

VA --HAMPTON ROADS -- LYNNHAVEN RIVER
LESNER BRIDGE/LONG CREEK BRIDGE REPAIR
Early Marine, Inc. will be conducting repair work on the Lesner Bridge and Long Creek Bridge from October 15 until finished. All work will be performed from barges that will remain out of the main channel. Assist vessels may be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12254.


SHOALING

MD TANGIER SOUND-- ST. PETERS CREEK --Shoaling into the channel to a depth of less than 1 foot MLW has been reported in the vicinity of St. Peters Creek Channel Light 3. Chart :12231

MD --POCOMOKE SOUND -- HUNTING CREEK - Shoaling to a depth of less than 2 ft MLW has been reported in the center of the channel from Hunting Creek Daybeacon 12 to Hunting Creek Buoy 16 and areas of less than 1.5FT MLW from Hunting Creek Buoy 16 to Hunting Creek Buoy 19. Chart: 12228.

MD -- POCOMOKE SOUNDS -- STARLING CREEK -- Shoaling into the channel to a depth of less than 3 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Starling Creek Channel Light 4. Chart: 12228

MD -- HONGA -- NANTICOKE -- WICOMICO RIVERS AND FISHING BAY --FARM CREEK --Shoaling to a depth of less than 3 ft MLW has been reported in the center of the channel between Farm Creek Channel Light 1 and Farm Creek Channel Light 5, Chart: 12261.

MD NANTICOKE RIVER - Shoaling to a depth of 2 ft MLLW in vicinity of Nanticoke River Light 6 (chart 12261)

MD --FLAG HARBOR -- Shoaling between Flag Harbor Entrance Light 1 and Flag Harbor Entrance Light 2 to a depth of 4 ft. (chart 12263)

VA -- JAMES RIVER -- TYLER BEACH -- Shoaling to a depth of 2.5 ft MLLW in the vicinity of Tyler Beach Channel Light 7 and an obstruction in approximate position 37-04-55N, 076-39-47W in the vicinity of Tyler Beach Channel Daybeacon 5. Chart 12248.

VA --LYNNHAVEN RIVER -- CRAB CREEK - Shoaling to a depth of 1 ft has been reported between Crab Creek Entrance Buoy 2CC and Crab Creek Entrance Buoy 3CC. Chart: 12254.

VA --RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER -- WHITING CREEK --Shoaling to a depth of 2.6 ft MLW has been reported between Whiting Creek Channel Buoy 3 and Whiting Creek Channel Buoy 4. Chart: 12235.
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VA --SALT PONDS CHANNEL - The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in the Salt Ponds entrance channel between Salt Ponds Light 6 and Salt Ponds Daybeacon 10. Chart: 12222.



UPPER BAY

AIDS TO NAVIGATION

DISCREPENCIES:

Craighill Channel Range Rear Light REDUCED INT 12278

Craighill Channel Upper Range Front Light LT EXT 12281 35/09

St. Patrick Creek Channel Buoy 3A MISSING 12286

N.A.S. Paxtuxent River Basin Entrance Light 2 LT EXT 12233 36/09

Patuxent River Light 6 LT EXT 12284

St. John Creek Daybeacon 2 DBN DMGD 12284

Fishing Creek Light 2F LT EXT 12270

Cambridge Channel Buoy 3 SINKING 12266


FIXES:

Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 49 RELIGHTED 38/09 12274

Elk River Channel South Range Front RELIGHTED 12274

St. Marys River Junction Lighted Buoy SM WATCHING PROPERLY 12233

St. George Creek Light 7 RELIGHTED 12233

Swan Point Shoal Warning Daybeacon WATCHING PROPERLY 12286

Aquia Creek Light 2 WATCHING PROPERLY 12288

Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 33 RELIGHTED 12288

Back Creek Light 5 RELIGHTED 12284

Nan Cove Channel Daybeacon 5 DISCONTINUED 12264

West River Entrance Light 2 RELIGHTED 12270

Rhode River Daybeacon 4 REBUILT/RECOVERED 12270

South River Light 10 RELIGHTED 12270

Little Round Bay South Daybeacon 3 REBUILT/REMAINS 12282

Whitehall Creek Daybeacon 5 WATCHING PROPERLY 12283

Magothy River Light 9 RELIGHTED 12282

Choptank River Entrance Lighted Buoy 3 WATCHING PROPERLY 12266

Choptank River Channel Daybeacon 73 WATCHING PROPERLY 12268

Trappe Creek Light 1 RELIGHTED 12266

Kent Island Narrows South Approach Channel Daybeacon 6 WATCHING PROPERLY 12270


TEMPORARY CHANGES:

Nan Cove Entrance Lights 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 DISCONTINUED 12264


ADVANCE NOTICES:

MD - HOOPER ISLAND LIGHT
SOUND SIGNAL TEMP DISCONTINUED
The sound signal on Hooper Island Light will be temporarily discontinued on October 3 and 4, for preservation work on the structure. Chart: 12230.


GENERAL NOTICES

DC -- UPPER POTOMAC RIVER & ANACOSTIA RIVER
BORING OPERATIONS FOR BLUE PLAINS TUNNEL
Anacostia and Potomac Rivers through December.
River borings will take place at various locations along the proposed Blue Plains Tunnel. The work will be conducted from two spud barges (up to 120 feet in length) working simultaneously. All vessels will be lighted in accordance with USCG regulations. Interested mariners may contact the towing vessels via marine band radio channel 16 VHF-FM, or the DC WASA Project Consultants at 703-740-7088 or 202-652-6207. Chart: 12289.

MD -- CHESAPEAKE BAY -- APPROACHES TO BALTIMORE -- SHALLOW CREEK
DREDGING
The Dredge DIGGER will be conducting dredging operations in Shallow Creek, near Ft. Howard, Baltimore Harbor, until January 30, 2010. Dredged material will be transported by barge to the Hart-Miller Disposal Area. The dredge may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners should be aware of submerged and aerial hazards that accompany dredging operations. Chart: 12278.

MD --KENT ISLAND NARROWS NORTH APPROACH -- CHESTER RIVER
BRIDGE OPERATION PROPOSAL NOTICE
The Coast Guard proposes to change the drawbridge operation regulations of the S.R. 213 Bridge, at mile 26.8, across Chester River at Chestertown. This proposal would allow the bridge to open on signal if at least six hours notice is given and would provide for the reasonable needs of navigation, due to the anticipated infrequency of requests for vessel openings of the drawbridge. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address attention (dpb) no later than November 9, 2009. Charts 12272.

MD-CHESAPEAKE BAY-COVE POINT TO SANDY POINT
U.S. NAVY HELICOPTER OPERATIONS
U. S. Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River will conduct noise-generating test events on the middle Chesapeake Bay through November 30. Operations include a large, single naval helicopter conducting a total of 10 three-hour flights to assess the capability of a helicopter-mounted sound system during day and night conditions. Although only one flight per day is anticipated, both day and night flights are required. Vessel operators might notice increased noise levels during these flights. The planned helicopter test flights will be conducted four nautical miles offshore of NAS Patuxent River. Voice announcements and sounds will be broadcast during the test flights. The sound system is designed to address an urgent operational need in support of the Global War on Terrorism and provide a low-cost solution that will allow Naval units to communicate with vessels not equipped with a radio and with vessels whose operators might not understand English. For more information, call 866-819-9028. Charts: 12264, 12270.


SHOALING

MD - KENT ISLAND NARROWS NORTHERN APPROACH -- Shoaling on north approach. Chart: 12272.

MD - CHESTER RIVER -- QUEENSTOWN CREEK - Shoaling to a depth of 2.5 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Queenstown Creek Buoy 5. Chart: 12272.





Update: September 3, 2009

(Please note: Shoaling reported in Kent Narrows)

LOWER BAY

HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION

VA RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER ENTRANCE
NOAA's survey project in the lower Bay is paying off. A survey conducted August 22 discovered two wrecks that constitute hazards to navigation off of the Rappahannock River Entrance, 6 miles east of Bluff Point. Chart: 12235.

a. Wreck at 37-43-08.5N, 076-10-47.0W, least depth 49 feet.  Approximately 328 feet by 66 feet, rising 17.4 feet off bottom.

b. Wreck at 37-45-22.3N, 076-10-55.0W, least depth 82 feet.  Approximately 115 feet by 33 feet, rising 19.7 feet off bottom.

BRIDGE CLOSURE

VA YORK RIVER, COLEMAN MEMORIAL BRIDGE
Mariners are advised that the Coleman Memorial Bridge, at mile 7.0, at Yorktown, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 6  a.m. until noon on Sunday, September 13, to perform maintenance.  At all other times, the drawbridge will operate on its normal schedule. Chart: 12241.

AIDS TO NAVIGATION: ISSUES

James River Channel Lighted Buoy 100: Light Extinguished. (Chart 12251)

Little Wicomico River Approach Light 2LW: Light Extinguished. (12233)


UPPER BAY

SHOALING

MD KENT ISLAND NARROWS, NORTH APPROACH
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in the Kent Island Narrows, North Approach. Chart: 12272.

a. At approximate position 38-58-17.8N, 076-14-49.0W (extending into the channel from the east) at a depth of less than 4.7 feet MLW.

b. At approximate position 38-58-17.8N, 076-14-47.9W (extending into the channel from the west) at a depth of less than 5.0 feet MLW.


AIDS TO NAVIGATION: ISSUES

Craighill Channel Upper Range  Front Light: Light Extinguished. (Chart 12281)

Sevenfoot Knoll Light: Light Extinguished. (12278)

Elk River Channel South Range Rear Light: Reduced Intensity. (12274)

St. George Creek Light 7: Reduced Intensity. (12233)

Swan Point Shoal Warning Daybeacon: Daybeacon Damaged (12286)

Aquia Creek Light 2: Light Extinguished. (12288)

Severn River, Mill Creek Light 2M: Light Extinguished/Structure Damaged. (12282)

Hooper Strait Channel Light 10: Light Extinguished. (12231)

Tangier Sound Lighted Bell Buoy 9: Light Extinguished. (12228)





Update: August 31, 2009


Aid to Navigation Issue

MD Swan Point Bar light out
A reader reports that the Swan Point Bar navigation channel marker light just south of Rock Hall Harbor is out. He writes that it's the light on the shore that you line up with the yellow navigation tower outbound and the red light on the tower inbound. "During daylight hours you can line up on the pole (which is very hard to see unless you know exactly where it is), but at dusk the pole is impossible to see."



August 28, 2009

LOWER BAY

HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION

VA Back River, Brick Kiln Creek
The U.S.  Army Corps. of Engineers has received a report that the installed pipe trestle on S.R. 172  Bridge (Wythe Creek Road), at approximate  position 37-06.30N, 076-23.36W,  has a reduced MLW vertical clearance to approximately 4.6 feet.  Mariners are advised to use  caution when transiting this waterway. Chart: 12238

VA Lynnhaven River, Crab Creek
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in Crab Creek from Crab Creek Entrance Buoy 3CC to Crab Creek Buoy 13, least depth 4.0 ft MLLW to 0.6 ft. MLLW. Chart: 12254.

VA Elizabeth River, Southern Branch, Gilmerton Bridge
Due to damage to the fendering system on the west side of the Gilmerton Bridge, mariners should use extreme caution when transiting through  the bridge while the temporary fendering system is in place and during reconstruction of the system. Chart: 12253


AIDS TO NAVIGATION (ATON)

ATON ISSUES

York River Entrance Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 14: Light Extinguished (Chart 12241)

Occohannock Creek Daybeacon 17 Temporarily Replaced with Unlighted Buoy/ Daybeacon Damaged (12226)

Jackson Creek Channel Daybeacon 7: Temporarily Replaced with Lighted Buoy/Daybeacon Destroyed (12235)

Broad Creek Channel Entrance  Light 1: Light has Improper Characteristic (12235)

Broad Creek Channel Daybeacon 4: Daybeacon Damaged (12235)

Broad Creek Channel Daybeacon 10: Daybeacon Damaged (12235)


ISSUES RESOLVED

Jordan Point Range Front Light: Relighted (Chart 12251)

Appomattox River Junction Light AR: Watching Properly (12252)

Pocomoke River Channel Buoy 17: Rebuilt/Recovered (12228)


ADVANCE NOTICE

VA Nansemond River (Chart 12248)
On or about October 15, the following aids to navigation changes will occur in the Nansemond River:

The following aids to navigation will be discontinued:
1. Nansemond River Channel Buoy 21B.
2. Nansemond River Channel Buoy 21C.
3. Nansemond River Channel Buoy 22B.

The following aids to navigation will be changed/ relocated:
Nansemond River Channel Buoy 21A to Daybeacon 21A,  relocated to 36-50-12.237N, 076-33-00.271W.

The following aids to navigation will be established:
1. Nansemond River Daybeacon 22 at 36-50-15.920N, 076-32-55.424W.


GENERAL NOTICE

VA Chesapeake Bay, Temporary Lighted Data Buoys to be Established
David Evans and Associates, Inc., Marine Science Division, in association with NOAA's Hydrographic Surveys Division, will establish three temporary lighted data buoys in the middle Chesapeake Bay. There will be three separate buoy locations, with buoys set for five to six weeks per site. The yellow data buoy is a AXYS HydroLevel buoy.
A. Lighted Data Buoy Site 1 at 37 49 04.52N, 076 14 05.53W, Fl (5) Y 15s, from 08/11 to 09/14.
B. Lighted Data Buoy Site 2 at 37 52 44.05N, 076 03 05.02W, Fl (5) Y 15s, from 09/14 to 10/19.
C. Lighted Data Buoy Site 3 (no LLNR) at 37 43 31.41N, 075 54 01.45W, Fl (5) Y 15s, from 10/19 to 11/23. Chart: 12228.


EVENTS

VA James River, Williamsburg Race Weekend Triathlon
The Williamsburg Race Weekend Triathlon will be held on the James River in the vicinity of Williamsburg on September 12, 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and September 13, 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Mariners are advised to use  caution when transiting the area.

VA  Hampton River, Hampton Bay Days
A safety zone will be established in support of Hampton Bay Days from noon until 11 p.m. on September 11; from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on September 12; and noon until 6 p.m. on September 13. Spectator vessel anchorages are located to the north by C and O Railroad bridge and to the  south by the Bayberry Hospital. The anchorage areas will be marked by orange buoys. A coast guard patrol  will be on scene monitoring vhf-fm channels 13 and 16.


UPPER BAY


AIDS TO NAVIGATION (ATON)

ATON ISSUES

Craighill Channel Range Front Light: Light Extinguished (Chart 12273)

Craighill Channel Upper Range Rear Light: Light Extinguished (12281)

Elk River Channel East Range Rear Light: Light Extinguished (12277)


ISSUES RESOLVED

Potomac River Middle Channel Lighted  Whistle Buoy A: Watching Properly (12233)

Patuxent River Light 6: Watching Properly (12284)

Miles River Daybeacon 8: Watching Properly (12270)

Chester River Channel Light 34: Watching Properly (12272)

CHART CORRECTIONS

ADD Symbol for Wreck Showing Masts above chart datam at 38-12-51.306N, 076-19-51.035W to the following charts:
1. Chart 12230 64th Ed. 01-MAR-09 Chesapeake Bay Smith Point to Cove Point
2. Chart 12233 37th Ed. 01-JAN-07 16/09 Potomac River to Piney Point
3. Chart 12280 9th Ed. 01-JUNE-09 Chesapeake Bay


PROPOSED CHANGES

MD Choptank River, Island Creek
The U.S. Coast Guard has received an application from Wallace, Montgomery & Associates, LLP (WM&A), on behalf of Queen Anne's County  Department of Public Works for the replacement of the Island Creek Road Bridge in Queen Anne's County. The vertical  and horizontal clearances will be 3.6 feet above mean high water and 23 feet between abutments, respectively, with no fender system.  WM&A  is requesting a waiver of a bridge permit under Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 115.70, advanced approval for bridges.  Advance approval waterways are those that are navigable in law, but not actually navigated by other than small boats. The Commandant of the Coast  Guard has given advance approval to the construction or repair of bridges across such waterways. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address attention (dpb) no later than September 14, 2009.  Copies of Public Notice 5-1156 which describe the proposal  in detail can be obtained by writing to the above address or by calling 757-398-6222. Chart: 12266.


GENERAL NOTICE

MD Curtis (Creek) Bay, Bridge Closure
Mariners are advised that the Interstate 695 Lift Bridge, at mile 1.0, across Curtis (Creek) Bay in Baltimore will be closed to vessels requiring  an opening until further notice due to emergency mechanical repairs.  The available vertical clearance in closed position to vessels is approximately  56 feet above mean high water.  Mariners able to pass under the closed span should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12278.


EVENTS

MD  Chesapeake Bay and Prospect Bay, Rowing regatta
Mariners are advised that the 12th annual Kent Island Cup/MD Outrigger Challenge canoe races are scheduled  for the  Chesapeake Bay and Prospect Bay, at Kent Island on Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6. On Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., approximately 20 canoes (45 feet in length) will compete in relay racing on a 35-mile course that circumnavigates Kent Island; on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the canoes will compete in sprint and relay racing on a 1/2-mile course in Prospect Bay. (Charts 12270, 12272)

MD Little Annemessex River, Power boat regatta
Mariners are advised that the annual Crab Derby Skiff Race replica crab-netting skiff races will be held in the Little  Annemessex River at Crisfield on Saturday, September 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.  The event consists of up to 10 inboard powered high-speed boats operating on a north-south oriented oval-shaped course near the Crisfield City Dock. (Chart 12231)

MD Susquehanna River, Hydroplane races
Mariners are advised that the annual Ragin' on the River hydroplane boat races will be held in the Susquehanna River, at Port  Deposit, on Saturday, September 5, and on Sunday, September 6 (rain date Monday, September 7). A regulated area is established for the area on those dates. (Chart 12274)

MD Chesapeake Bay, Cove Point to Sandy Point, Sailing regatta
Mariners are advised that the 2009 Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) Race Week sail races are scheduled to be held on the Chesapeake Bay on September 5-7, 2009, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.  There will be up to 200 sailboats and auxiliary sailboats participating on three circular courses and one long-distance course, located south of Hackett Point (near Annapolis, MD) and north of Bloody Point (Kent Island, MD).

MD Wye and Wye East rivers, Rowing regatta
The annual "Wye Island Regatta," is scheduled to occur on the Wye and Wye East Rivers on  September 12, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The rowing event, with approximately 400 participating kayaks, canoes and rowing  shells competing on a counter-clockwise course around Wye Island, Maryland, will start and finish at the confluence of the Wye  and Wye East Rivers.  Participants will be accompanied and supported by power boats and sail boats. (Chart 12270)

MD Northeast River, Swim event
A benefit swim is scheduled to occur in the Northeast River on Saturday, September 12 (rain  date September 13), from 10 a.m. to noon. Up to 50 swimmers will participate on a marked course with a start and finish at the town dock in Charlestown and  will be supported by sponsor-provided vessels. (Chart 12274)

DC Upper Potomac, Georgetown Channel, Swimming event
Mariners are advised that the Nation's Triathlon is scheduled for  September 12-13. Area involved is just downstream from the Arlington Memorial Bridge. (Chart 12289)





Updates: August 20, 2009:

LOWER BAY

Gilmerton Bridge caution
Due to damage to the fendering system on the west side of the Gilmerton Bridge, mariners should use extreme caution when transiting through  the bridge while the temporary fendering system is in place and during reconstruction of the system. Chart: 12253.

Crab Creek, Lynnhaven River shoaling
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in Crab Creekfrom Crab Creek Entrance Buoy 3CC (LLNR 10157.01) to Crab Creek Buoy 13  (LLNR 10157.13), least depth 4.0 ft MLLW to 0.6 ft. MLLW. Chart: 12254

 
UPPER BAY

Curtis Creek (I-695) lift bridge not opening
Mariners are advised that the Interstate 695 Lift Bridge, at mile 1.0, across Curtis (Creek) Bay in Baltimore will be closed to vessels requiring  an opening until further notice due to emergency mechanical repairs.  The available vertical clearance in closed position to vessels is approximately  56 feet above mean high water.  Mariners able to pass under the closed span should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12278.

Light Changes

Patuxent River light "6" is reported extinguished.

Thomas Point Light has been relighted.



As of August 19, 2009:

ALL OF THE BAY


 Summer is here with a vengeance, and with it the regular appearance of late afternoon squalls. This time of the year, especially, it is crucial to keep an eye on the weather while you are out on the water. Look for building cumulonimbus clouds and approaching storms. Monitor NOAA weather radio as well as channel 16 on your VHF. Finally, it's not a bad idea, especially in a sailboat or other slow-moving craft, to get off the water by 3:30 or 4 in the afternoon.
 

Here is the Capital Weather Gang's Weather Wall, handy for radar, winds and more.
 

 LOWER BAY
 HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION

 James River, Tyler Beach: The Coast guard has received a report of shoaling to a depth of 2.5 feet MLLW in the vicinity of Tyler Beach Channel Light 7 and an obstruction in the vicinity of Tyler Beach Channel Daybeacon 5 (Chart #12248)


 James River: Rutgers University will place a temporary lighted data buoy in the James River at 37-00-52.44N, 076-30-17.16W, or about 200 feet west of the James River Channel Lighted Buoy 1, from August 16 to 24. The buoy is yellow and lettered "RUTG".


 James River: Dredging will be conducted in the James on the Dancing Point Shoal Channel Range and Swanns Point Shoal Channel Range until September 10. The dredge may be contacted on VHF channels 13 and 16.


 Rudee Inlet: A Virginia Beach survey indicates shoaling to a depth of 8 and 9 feet MLLW about 200 feet east of the north jetty on the inbound and outbound sides of the channel. Shoaling continues westward for about 100 feet on the north jetty and west of the south jetty for about 150 feet.


 Lynnhaven River, Crab Creek: Shoaling has been reported to a depth of 1 foot MLW between Crab Creek Entrance Buoy 2CC and Crab Creek Entrance Buoy 3CC. (Chart #12254)



 AIDS TO NAVIGATION

 Problems

 Smith Point Light (Chart #12228): Reduced intensity

 Thimble Shoal Lighted Bell Buoy 9 (12254): Off station

 Blackwater Creek Light 2 (12238): Light extinguished

 Greenvale Creek Channel Warning Daybeacon A (12237): Temporarily replaced by unlighted buoy/Daybeacon damaged


 ATON Corrections

 Rappahannock Shoal Channel South Range Rear Light (12226): Relighted

 Upper York River Channel Light 11 (12243): Relighted

 Tangier Sound Lighted Bell Buoy 6 (12230): Relighted


 EVENTS

 Chesapeake Bay, Hampton/Norfolk area

 The American Cancer Society Poker Run will be held on portions of the Elizabeth River, James River, Newport News Channel, Hampton Flats, Chesapeake Bay and Lynnhaven River on August 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


 Mill Creek

 A safety zone will be established in support of the Hampton Cup Regatta Summer National Power Boat Race on Mill Creek in Hampton, Va., on August 14 to 16, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The race area includes all the water of Mill Creek. Mariners must remain outside the area unless authorized by the Coast Guard.



 UPPER BAY
 HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION

 Potomac River above Woodrow Wilson Bridge

 Mariners are advised to exercise caution when approaching the George Washington Memorial Parkway Bridge (Humpback Bridge) over Boundary Channel, Mile 9 to Columbia Island in Arlington, Va. Partial demolition of the bridge will be conducted from August 17 to 27 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The waterway will remain open to navigation. (Chart #12285)


 Upper Potomac River

 The GPS signal you receive may be unreliable until July 2010 in the upper Potomac River because of testing on GPS frequencies used in shipboard navigation and handheld systems. Most affected will be the area within a 10-mile radius of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. If you do experience GPS service outages, the Coast Guard would like to hear from you at 703-313-5900 or by filing a problem worksheet at www.navcen.uscg.gov.



 AIDS TO NAVIGATION (ATON)

 Problems

 Thomas Point Shoal Light (Chart #12270): Light extinguished

 Craighill Channel Range Rear Light (12278): Light extinguished

 Upper Chesapeake Channel Buoy 34A (12274): Missing

 Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 49 (12274): Light extinguished

 Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 16 (12277): Light extinguished

 Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 19 (12277): Off station

 South River Light 10 (12270): Light extinguished

 Little Round Bay South Daybeacon 3 (12282): Daybeacon has improper characteristic


 ATON Corrections

 Brewerton Channel Lighted Buoy 9 (12281): Watching properly


 ATON Advance Notice


 Susquehanna River Channel Lighted buoys 11 and 12 will be relocated on or about September 30 for the safety of navigation. Buoy 11 will be placed at 39-29-57.572N, 076-05-17.919W. Buoy 12 at 39-29-57.810N, 076-05-15.060W.


 EVENTS

 Baltimore Harbor and approaches

 The Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association's North Poker Run is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, in Baltimore Harbor from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning and ending in Bear Creek. For more information, call 410-980-5202.


 Baltimore Harbor, Northwest Harbor

 The Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge will occur in the Northwest Harbor on August 22 (rain date August 29) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Courses are off Tide Point, between the Domino Sugar Plant and North Locust Point Marine Terminal Pier 8. Special regulations have been issued for all of the Northwest Harbor area. Contact the Coast Guard on VHF 15 or 22A.


 Baltimore Harbor, Inner Harbor

 A boat parade will be held in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Saturday, August 22, at 1 p.m., with about 12 vessels starting at the Domino Sugar Plant and finishing at the Inner Harbor basin.


 Northeast River

 The swim portion of the North East Triathlon is scheduled for the Northeast River on Sunday, August 26, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Swim waves start and end at North East Community Park.





As of August 1, 2009:

ALL OF THE BAY

It has been a quiet month on the Bay, with no new shoaling or hazards reported, except where damaged ATONs (aids to Navigation) have become more hindrance than help. You'll find these listed for both the Lower and Upper Bay in the sections ATON: Discrepancies.



LOWER BAY

NOTICES

James River: Navy Live Fire & Explosive Exercises.
     U.S. Navy small arms gunnery and explosive training will be held on the M/V Delmonte from July 30 to August 8, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Travel on the James River within a 1,500-foot radius of 37-06-11N, 076-38-40W will be restricted.


DREDGING/HAZARDS

Eastern Branch, Elizabeth River.
     Dredging will be underway until September 23 along the west yard bulkhead at Colonna's Shipyard. Dredge monitors VHF channels 13 and 16.

James River, Newport News to Jamestown Island.
     Dredging will be underway in the vicinity of the Goose Hill Channel Range until August 10. Dredge monitors VHF Channels 13 and 16.


AIDS TO NAVIGATION (ATON)

ATON: Changes

North Channel Entrance.
     North Channel Entrance Buoy 2 will be discontinued by the Coast Guard about August 6 and Middle Ground South End Lighted Bell Buoy 4A will be relocated to 37-00-42.084N, 075-55-29.928W.

Eltham Bridge, Pamunkey River.
     The permanent schedule for the opening of the Eltham Bridge (Routes 33/30) over the Pamunkey River at West Point, Va., has been set. The bridge will open at all times with at least four hours notice.


ATON: Proposed Changes

York River at West Point, Va.
     The Coast Guard is seeking comments on changing the West Point Split Junction Daybeacon WP to Upper York River Daybeacon 34 and changing the dayboards to 4TR. Send comments to: Commander (dpw), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth VA 23704, Attn: Albert Grimes; or e-mail Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil


ATON: Discrepancies

Elizabeth River, Southern Branch Daybeacon 6 (12253): Temporarily replaced with unlighted buoy/daybeacon destroyed.

York Spit Warning Daybeacon (12238): Damaged.

Poquoson River, Bennett Creek Daybeacon 4 (12238): Temporarily replaced by lighted buoy/hazard to navigation/daybeacon damaged.

Rappahannock Shoal Channel South Range Rear Light (12226) Light extinguished.

Corrotoman River Light 7 (12237): Temporarily replaced by lighted buoy/daybeacon damaged.

Nassawadox Creek daybeacons 5, 6 and 7 (12226): Misleading signal/hazards to navigation.

Nassawadox Creek Daybeacon 12 (12226): Structure destroyed/hazard to navigation.


ATON: Corrections

Chesapeake Channel Lighted buoys 13 and 14 (12222): Returned to their proper positions.

Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 26 (12221): Watching properly.

Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 44 (12226): Relighted.

Ocean City Inlet Lighted Bell Buoy 2 (12211): Reset on station.

Phoebus Channel Daybeacon 3 (12245): Rebuilt/remains.

York River Entrance Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 2 (12222): Temporarily replaced with lighted buoy.

Wolf Trap Degaussing Lighted Bell Buoy WT2 (12225): Relighted.

James River Channel Light 10 (12248): Relighted.

Chesconessex Creek Daybeacon 5 (12228): Watching properly.

Pocomoke River Channel Buoy 9 (12228): Watching properly.

Pocomoke River Channel Buoy 14 (12228): Rebuilt/remains.

Broad Creek Channel Entrance Light 1 (12235): Watching properly

Mill Creek Daybeacon 3 (12235): Watching properly


EVENTS

Chesapeake Bay, Ocean View, Norfolk
     Paddle for the Bay kayak race will be held on the Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity of Ocean view in Norfolk on August 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mariners are advised to use caution in the area.

Ware River, Gloucester, Va.
     The annual Governor's Cup Regatta will be held on the Ware River on August 1 and 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mariners are advised to use caution in the area.




UPPER BAY

NOTICES

Potomac River, Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
     The final opening schedule for the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge has been established with NO openings Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.


DREDGING/HAZARDS

No new dredging projects or hazards have been reported for the Upper Bay.


AIDS TO NAVIGATION (ATON)

ATON: Discrepancies

Brewerton Channel Eastern Extension Range Rear Light (12272): Light extinguished.

Brewerton Channel Eastern Extension Lighted Buoy 10 (12278): Light extinguished.

Patapsco River, Shallow Creek Pvt. Daybeacon 9 (12278): Damaged.

Tolchester Channel Range Rear Light (Chart 12278): Light
extinguished.

Severn River, Mill Creek Daybeacon 8 (12283): Damaged.

Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted buoys 33 and 84 (12288-9): Lights extinguished.

Potomac, Aquia Creek Light 10 (12288): Temporarily replaced with lighted buoy/structure destroyed.


ATON: Corrections

Elk River Channel South Range Rear Light (Chart 12274): Relighted

Chester River Channel Buoy 11 (12270): Watching properly

Crab Alley Bay Daybeacon 6 (12270): Watching properly

Crab Alley, Little Creek Daybeacon 6 (12270): Watching properly

Hooper Strait Approach Lighted Bell Buoy 1 (12261): Relighted.

Potomac, Alexandria Channel Buoy 4 (12289): Watching properly.

Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 13 (12288): Relighted.


EVENTS

Choptank River, Tred Avon River and Chesapeake Bay
     The annual Oxford Regatta sail races will be held August 7 through 9. On Friday, August 7, the Race to Oxford will start near Annapolis at noon.  On Saturday, August 8, the Robson Round the Buoys race will start at 9 a.m.. One-Design and Log Canoe races will begin at 10 a.m. Caution is advised when transiting these areas. For more information, call the Tred Avon Yacht Club, 410-266-5283.

Back River, Baltimore
     A benefit swim will be held near the mouth of Back River in Baltimore County on Sunday, August 9, 9 to 11 a.m. The course will begin and end near Rocky Point and go northward in Hawk Cove.

Baltimore Harbor and approaches
     The Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association's North Poker Run is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, in Baltimore Harbor from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning and ending in Bear Creek. For more information, call 410-980-5202.






Here are the masts of a sunken vessel just breaking the surface in the southwest quadrant of the Navy target area, outside the prohibited area 334.200 between Cedar Point and Point No Point at N38 12.83 W76 19.77. A red float has been attached to one of the masts.




As of June 26, 2009:

After much rain and a few false starts, summer is finally here with a vengeance. We hope you are getting out on the water and enjoying the Bay. So far, we've cruised the beautiful Patuxent River and then the Potomac as far as National Harbor, visiting marinas and anchoring out along the way--though dodging logs in the water between Mount Vernon and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was a bit distracting. How about you? Where are you cruising this summer? Let us know . . . and send photos! We'd love to put them up on ChesapeakeBoating.net.

Fireworks at dozens of locations throughout the Bay present the biggest attraction and biggest concern for cruisers in the next few weeks, as many include congested waters and temporary security zones. There are just too many July 4 events to list, so we advise that you check with the towns where you may be planning a July 4 cruise.

ALL OF THE BAY

Because of the many changes in depth, bottom conditions and aids to navigation, NOAA has decided to issue a new edition of its chart: Main Panel 2974 Chesapeake Bay--Northern Part. This 9th edition of the chart is available now in print-on demand and digital raster formats. The new paper charts will be available in two to eight weeks.

LOWER BAY

SHOALING
(Depths are for MLW unless otherwise noted.)

VA Rudee Outlet: The City of Virginia Beach reports that the inbound channel to Rudee Inlet has shoaled to 8.6 feet MLLW from about 250 feet east of the North Jetty to about 150 feet inside the inlet.

DREDGING
Remember that in addition to barges, floating and submerged pipelines and operating wires, including cables attached to floating pipelines and anchors, may be some distance from visible objects and pose a hazard to transiting boats.

VA Craney Island, Hampton Roads: Dredging operations will be underway at Craney Island Spoil Rehandling Basin until July 15.

VA Naval Base Norfolk Piers, Hampton Roads: Dredging near Piers 2-14 of Naval Base Norfolk be will underway from until September 23. The dredge will monitor VHF Channel 13 and 16.

VA Greenvale Creek, Rappahannock River: Suction dredging will be conducted from July 1 to 27. A submerged pipeline for spoil transfer will be placed from the dredging area to the nearby beach. The dredge will monitor VHF Channels 13 and 16.


REPORTED HAZARDS

VA Lynnhaven Roads: Unmarked pound net pilings have been reported in Lynnhaven Roads at 36-55.3N, 076-06.79W and at 36-55.9N, 076-05.88W.

GENERAL NOTICES

VA James River: A floating crane barge will be moored at Chesterfield Dominion Power Plant during waterfront construction until October. Mariners are asked to proceed at No Wake speed.

VA Rappahannock River: Structural steel repairs to the Route 3 (Robert O. Norris) bridge across the Rappahannock will be underway until January 2010. Barges, a crane and a push boat will occupy--but not block--the main navigation channel during much of that time. Extreme caution while transiting the area is advised.

CHESAPEAKE BAY, Smith Point and Fleets Bay area: The vessels Chinook (28-foot aluminum catamaran) and Theory (33-foot aluminum catamaran) will be conducting a hydrographic survey of the Bay during daylight hours until October 30 from Fleets Bay Neck and Hacks Neck north to Smith Point and Shanks Island. The boats will be towing sensitive instruments that will restrict their ability to maneuver. The appropriate dayshapes will be displayed.


ADVANCE NOTICES

VA Little Creek Harbor: The Coast Guard will discontinue Fishermans Cove Buoys 3, 4 and 6 in Little Creek Harbor beginning July 15.

VA Town Point Reach, Elizabeth River: Four white and orange "No Wake" buoys will be set by the City of Norfolk on July 1 in various sections of the Elizabeth River at Town Point Reach.

NAVIGATION LIGHTS & MARKERS

PROBLEMS

Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 15: Off station
James River Channel Light 10: Light extinguished
Cape Charles City Approach Light C: Light extinguished


CORRECTIONS

Little Creek Harbor Range Front Light: Relighted
Back River Channel Light 13: Relighted
Rappahannock River Light 8: Watching properly
Dymer Creek Entrance Light 2: Relighted
Indian Creek Light 6: Relighted

PROPOSED CHANGES

VA Jordan Bridge, South Branch Elizabeth River: The Coast Guard is seeking comments on an application from Figg Bridge Developers on the location and plans for construction of a fixed two-lane highway bridge that will replace the former Jordan Bridge. The bridge would have a vertical clearance of 145 feet MHW. Comments may be made until July 6 to the Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, Federal Building, 431 Crawford St., Portsmouth, Va. 23704-5004. The entire proposal with maps may be found beginning on page 26 of the 25/09 Notice to Mariners (www.navcen.uscg.gov/lnm/d5/default.htm).


UPPER BAY

SHOALING
MD Queenstown Creek, Chester River: Shoaling to a depth of 2.5 feet has been reported near Queenstown Creek Buoy 5. Caution while transiting the area is advised.


SPECIAL: HAZARD

MD Cedar Point to Point No Point: A Notices subscriber has photographed the mast of a sunken vessel just breaking the surface in the southwest quadrant of the Navy target area, outside the prohibited area 334.200 between Cedar Point and Point No Point at N38 12.83 W76 19.77. A red float has ben attached to one of the masts. (see photo above)


GENERAL NOTICES

MD Masonville Cove, Baltimore Harbor: the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has established a water quality monitoring station in Masonville Cove until May 2012. The pile and monitor are marked with an information dayboard and phone number.

MD Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Underwater inspections of the William P. Lane Jr. Memorial Bridges (Chesapeake Bay Bridge) will be conducted from June 28 through January 31, 2010. A 3-person dive crew with surface-supplied air will work from a 41-foot work vessel moored to the bridge piers. The workboat will monitor Channels 9 and 16

VA Occoquan River, Potomac River: A temporary blue-and-white banded mooring buoy has been set until February 2010 while construction on the I-95 bridge continues.

Quantico Creek, Possum Point, Potomac River: Temporary private Potomac River lighted data buoys A, B and C (white and orange) and environmental monitoring Data Mooring Buoys A through E (white with blue stripe) have been set until November 15 in the Quantico Creek/ Possum Point areas.


NAVIGATION LIGHTS & MARKERS

PROBLEMS

Sparrows Point Bulkhead Light A: Light extinguished
Pooles Island Bar Light: Reduced intensity
Annapolis Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 6: Off station
Back Creek Channel Light 30: Light extinguished
Back Creek Channel Lighted Buoy 31: Light extinguished
Severn River Light 6: Temporary lighted buoy/daybeacon destroyed
Hooper Strait Approach Lighted Bell Buoy 1: Light extinguished
Nomini Creek Channel Light 5: Missing and temporarily replaced with lighted buoy
Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 13: Light extinguished

CORRECTIONS

Pooles Island North Range Front Light: Watching properly
Grove point Range Front Light: Watching properly
Oldfield Point Range Front Light: Watching properly
Patuxent River Light 18: Relighted
St. Michaels Harbor Entrance Light 2: Watching properly





As of June 5, 2009:

LOWER BAY

SHOALING
(Depths are for MLW unless otherwise noted.)

*  MD Pocomoke Sound, Hunting Creek: Shoaling to less than 2 ft. in the center of the channel from Hunting Creek Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 22295) to  Hunting Creek Buoy 16 (LLNR 22301) and areas of less than 1.5 ft. from Hunting Creek Buoy 16 (LLNR 22301) to Hunting Creek Buoy 19  (LLNR 22303).
  *  VA Rappahannock River, Whiting Creek: Shoaling to 2.6 ft. between Whiting Creek Channel Buoy 3 (LLNR 15210) and Whiting Creek  Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 15215). Chart: 12235.

NAVIGATION LIGHT & MARKERS: PROBLEMS
*  VA Thimble Shoal Channel: Lighted  Buoy 10 damaged and light extinguished

NAVIGATION LIGHT & MARKERS: CORRECTIONS
*  VA Chesapeake Bay Entrance: Lighted Whistle Buoy CH, now watching properly.
*  VA Thimble Shoal Channel: Lighted Gong Buoy 4, now watching properly.
*  VA Norfolk Entrance Reach Range: Front Light, relighted.
*  VA James River Channel: Lighted Buoy 57, relighted.

PROPOSED CHANGES
*  VA Chesapeake Channel: The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the sound signal on Chesapeake Channel Lighted Gong Buoy 49 (LLNR 7360). In your comments, please address the impact this proposal may impose on your operation. Please include the means you are using to navigate this waterway and any electric sensors used while transiting the Bay.
Send comments until July 7 to Commander (dpw)  Fifth Coast Guard District  431 Crawford Street, Room 100,  Portsmouth, Va. 23704          Attn.: Albert Grimes Or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil Chart: 12225.

TEMPORARY CHANGES

*  VA Tangier Bay: NOAA has put a temporary lighted data buoy in the U.S. Navy Restricted Area west of Tangier Island until July 7. Chart: 12225 MD
*  VA Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Money Point: Temporary mooring buoys (white with blue bands), in association with the wetlands restoration project on the Gilmerton Bridge Reach, north of Money Point, have been placed and will be removed by July 25.

EVENTS IMPACTING NAVIGATION
*  VA Hampton River, Blackbeard Festival (June 5, noon to 4:30 p.m.; June 6, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; June 7, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.) The Coast Guard will place a safety zone on Sunset Creek and the Hampton River in the vicinity of the Hampton River Channel Light #16 at about 37-01-03n / 076-20-26w to the finger pier across the river at Fisherman's Wharf  at approximate position 37-01-01n / 076-20-32w for the Blackbeard Festival on the dates and times above.
*  VA LaFayette River, Tidewater Row for the Cure (June 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Mariners are advised that the Tidewater Row For The Cure will be held on the Lafayette River in  the vicinity of the Granby Street Bridge/US 460.



UPPER BAY

SHOALING
(Depths are for MLW unless otherwise noted.)
*  MD Upper Chesapeake Channel: Shoaling is encroaching in the Upper Chesapeake Channel between Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted  Buoy 38 (LLNR 8640) and Upper Chesapeake Channel Lighted Buoy 40 (LLNR 8785).  Depths of 33 ft. MLW or less within the  channel. Chart: 12273.

NAVIGATION LIGHT & MARKERS: PROBLEMS
*  MD Aberdeen Proving Ground Channel: Lighted Buoy 2, extinguished.
*  MD West River Entrance: Light 2, extinguished.
*  MD Goose Creek Channel: Light 4, damaged
*  MD Manokin River Channel: Daybeacon 8, altered
*  MD Hooper Strait Channel: Lighted Buoy 14 extinguished.
(private aids)
*  MD Potomac River, St. Marys River, St. George Creek: Buoy 9, off station.
*  MD Potomac River, Nanjemoy Creek: Buoy 5, off station.

NAVIGATION LIGHT & MARKERS: CORRECTIONS
*  MD Mattawoman Creek: Light 3, relighted.
*  MD Pocomoke River Channel: Buoys 9, 12, 13, 17 have all been reset.
*  MD Queenstown Creek: Buoy 5, reset.
*  MD Aberdeen Proving Ground Channel: Lighted Buoy 2, relighted


PROPOSED CHANGES
*  MD Susquehanna River: The Coast Guard is seeking comments on a proposal to discontinue the Fishing Battery Light (LLNR 27630). Discontinuing the light is not  anticipated to adversely affect navigation safety. In your comments, please address the impacts this proposal may impose on your operations.  Please also include in your correspondence the means you are using to navigate in the area and any electronic sensors used while traversing the Chesapeake.
Comments on discontinuing the horn and reducing the nominal range may be made not later than July 14 to Commander (dpw)  Fifth Coast Guard District  431 Crawford Street, Room 100,  Portsmouth, Va. 23704          Attn.: Albert Grimes Or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil Chart: 12225.

TEMPORARY CHANGES
*  VA Potomac River, Occoquan River: Work will begin about July 1 and end July 1, 2010, for the widening of the northbound and southbound  lanes of the I-95 Bridge, at mile 2.9, across Occoquan River between Prince William and Fairfax Counties, Va.  The expansion will require a total of six additional piles to be placed on the right-of-ways providing an additional width of 16 feet 10 inches to the existing bridge and removal of fascia  girder.  The vertical and horizontal clearances of the bridge to vessels will be retained at 46 feet, above mean high water and 100 feet on a skewed channel between the margins of navigational lights, respectively.

EVENTS

*  MD Chesapeake Bay Bridge (William P. Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge), Great Chesapeake Bay Swim Races (June 8, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.): Races include a 1-mile swim (off Kent Island) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and a 4.4-mile swim (across the Chesapeake Bay) from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  No boats will be permitted in an area 500 yards north and south of the Bay Bridge from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 8. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Baltimore can be contacted at  telephone number 410-576-2525 or 2693.  Patrol vessels enforcing this area can be contacted on marine radio channel 16  VHF-FM.
 
*  MD Choptank River, Eagleman Ironman (June 14, 6:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.): About 1,900 participants will start in waves and swim along a  marked 1.2-mile rectangular-looped course to and from designated locations at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge, Md.  Participants will be accompanied by watercraft.  Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene can be  contacted on marine band radio channel 16 VHF-FM.
 
*  MD Cove Point to Sandy Point, Solomons Island Invitational Race (July 17 to July 18): The Eastport Yacht Club will sponsor its annual Solomons Island Invitational, an overnight sail race on the Chesapeake Bay, from 6 p.m. July 17 to about noon on July 18. Up to 150 sailboats will race from Annapolis Harbor and the mouth of the Patuxent River. Interested mariners may contact the EYC's Solomons Race Committee Coordinator during the start and finish on the marine band radio channel 16 or 68 VHF-FM.

*  MD Cove Point to Sandy Point, Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge (July 19 to July 21): The Southern Maryland Sailing Association will sponsor its annual Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge sailing races from Sunday, July 19, through Tuesday, July   21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Up to 160 participating sailboats will race on three separate courses at the mouth of the Patuxent River and near Patuxent River. Interested mariners may contact the SMSA's Race Chairman at 301-862-3100 or chairman@screwpile.net.

 



As of May 15, 2009:

ALL THE BAY

  *  NOAA is now issuing revised reprint nautical charts whenever stocks run low on a particular chart and a new run is ordered. Instead of reprinting the old chart, as it has in the past, NOAA is now updating it with all new critical corrections and up-to-date information, similar to Print on Demand charts. The updated charts will be have the edition number in the lower left corner.

  *  The Virginia Cruising Cup-Down the Bay Race will be held May 22 and 23 and span the Bay from its starting point at 10 a.m. on May 22 just south of the Bay Bridge near Annapolis to its finish in Hampton the following day. About 40 sailboats will be taking part. The race committee may be contacted on VHF channel 72.


LOWER BAY

SHOALING: No new reports of shoaling for the Lower Bay

DREDGING and CONSTRUCTION is now underway in these areas:

  *  VA, Rudee Inlet: Dredging will continue in Rudee Inlet and the Lake Wesley entrance channel.
  *  VA, Thimble Shoal Channel: Work is being done on rock groin replacement on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
  *  VA, Elizabeth River: Dredging is underway off the Portsmouth Marine Terminal until about May 20.
  *  VA, Hampton Roads: Underwater construction is underway at Newport News Middle Ground.
  *  VA, Hampton Roads: Beginning at 7 a.m. on May 26-- in the vicinity of Newport News Channel lighted buoy 9 and 10--5,100 feet of submerged pipeline will be installed 50 feet below MLW. Work is expected to be completed in 12 hours. Boaters planning to transit the channel during this time should contact Weeks Marine on VHF channel 6 or 13 before reaching the site.
  *  VA, Rappahannock River: Funding for dredging Broad Creek in Deltaville has been allocated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Bidding for the contract is expected soon, with work to follow.

EVENTS that may restrict navigation:

  *  VA, James River: The Rocketts Landing Triathlon will be held on the James River near Richmond on May 17 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  *  VA, East River: The Mathews Invitational Regatta will be held on the East River near Williams Wharf on May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NAVIGATION LIGHT issues:

  *  VA, Chesapeake Bay: Windmill Point Marina Light 3 is out.
  *  VA, Thimble Shoal: Thimble Shoal Channel lighted buoys 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 have been relocated while dredging operations continue.

OTHER HAZARDS:

  *  An uncharted submerged obstruction has been reported about 20 to 25 feet channelward from Virginia Inside Passage daybeacon 240.
 
PROPOSED CHANGES:

  *  VA, Hampton Roads, Little Creek Harbor: The Coast Guard is asking for comments on discontinuing Little Creek Harbor Fishermans Cove buoys 3, 4 and 6 because of pier construction in Fishermans Cove. Comments are due by June 8 to Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford St., Rm. 100, Portsmouth, Va. 23704, Attn: Albert Grimes. Or Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil.
  *  VA, Pocomoke Sound: The Coast Guard proposed to discontinue aids to navigation in Messongo Creek because of continued shoaling, which has reduced depths from 4 feet to less than 2. Comments should be sent to the above address by June 30.


UPPER BAY

SHOALING: No new reports of shoaling

DREDGING and CONSTRUCTION: No new dredging or construction projects

EVENTS that may restrict navigation:

  *  MD/DC/VA, Anacostia River: A safety zone will be in effect during fireworks displays launched from a barge in the Anacostia River following Washington National ball games on May 15 and 22 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.. The zone is bounded on the west by the South Capitol Street Bridge.

  *  MD/DC/VA, Potomac River, Georgetown Channel: The Dragon Boat Festival of rowing sprints will restrict traffic on the Potomac on May 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Key Bridge to the Roosevelt Bridge.

  *  MD, Severn River, College Creek: A security zone will be established on sections of the Severn river and College Creek from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 22 for the U.S. Naval Academy graduation commencement ceremony in Annapolis. The zone includes the Severn from Horseshoe Point eastward and from Biemans Point westward to the Academy waterfront. On College Creek the zone extends eastward of King George Street Bridge. Permission to transit may be sought by calling the Captain of the Port of Baltimore at 410-576-2693.

  *  MD, Severn River, College Creek: A security area will also be set up on portions of the Severn and College Creek for the Blue Angels Air Show at Annapolis from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 20. A marked temporary access channel will be established to allow vessels in  and out of Spa Creek during the event. A Navy Yard patrol craft will by anchored in the Severn May 18-20 to mark the centerline of the air show flight path.

  *  MD, Patapsco River: A benefit swim will be held near the mouth of the Patapsco River on Sunday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to noon. The swim will start at North Point and finish at Pleasure Island.

OTHER HAZARDS:

  *  MD/DE/VA, Potomac River: The District Department of the Environment has installed a new water-quality monitoring station at the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge in Washington, D.C. Boaters should use caution in the area.

NAVIGATION LIGHT and MARKER issues:
 
  *  MD, Fairlee Creek: A subscriber reports and the Coast Guard confirms that Fairlee Creek buoys 7, 8 and 9 are missing and buoy 10 is out of place.
  *  MD, Choptank River: Cambridge Channel Range front light and rear light are both extinguished.
  *  MD, Little Magothy Rver buoy 1LM is off station.
  *  MD, Chesapeake Bay: Flag Harbor Entrance light 2 is extinguished.
  *  MD, Patuxent River: Cape St. Mary's Marina Breakwater light is out.
  *  MD, Patuxent River: Solomons Island fishing Pier light is damaged and extinguished.
  *  MD, Potomac River: National Harbor Channel light 8 is damaged.

NAVIGATION LIGHT and MARKER corrections:

The following markers are back online:
  *  MD, Potomac River Mid-Channel lighted whistle buoy C at the river entrance
  *  MD, Patuxent River Lighted bell buoy 1 PR
  *  MD, Susquehanna River Channel lighted buoy 14
  *  MD, Severn River: Annapolis Harbor Channel buoy 8

The next Notice to Chesapeake Mariners will be May 29. Please send comments and suggestions to channel9@cbmmag.net .




May 1, 2009


The Jordan Bridge across the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake City, Va., above, is coming down this week,
closing the river in that section to all marine traffic for 72 hours. See times and dates below.


ALL THE BAY

Loran-C lattices will be dropped from NOAA's paper nautical and raster charts beginning sometime this year. The period for public comment on the plan to drop the information ended a week ago, and assuming there was no broad outcry against it, the plan will likely go into effect within the next couple of months. This is all part of the ongoing plan to shut down Loran-C. The future of the new and improved eLoran system seems to be still up in the air. See madmariner.com/blogs/navagear/27016 for a discussion of this confusing issue.

Bridges over a number of Maryland's tidal waterways throughout the Bay may be obstructed off and on over the summer as fiber optic cables are being installed by aerial attachment. This work should not pose a more than a modest annoyance to transiting boaters.

LOWER BAY

Shoaling within the channel has been reported in these areas. All depths are for MLW.
 
MD, Pocomoke Sound, Starling Creek: Shoaling near Starling Creek Channel Light 4 to less than 3 feet.

VA, Little Wicomico River: Shoaling near Little Wicomico Light 4 and across the outbound channel at Light 5.

VA, Rappahannock River, Greenvale Creek: Shoaling to 1.2 feet between Greenvale Creek Channel Daybeacon 6 and Daybeacon 8.

VA, Hampton, Salt Ponds Channel: Shoaling to 6 feet between Salt Ponds Light 6 and Salt Ponds Daybeacon 10. Dredging is scheduled for late spring/early summer between Daybeacons 3 and 13 and may be currently underway.

Other hazards reported.

VA, York River: A 1,000 pound anchor and 15 feet of chain were lost in the York River at approximately 37.14,507N/076-26.586W (near Yorktown).

Bridge changes

VA, Elizabeth River, Jordan Bridge: As noted above, the Jordan Bridge, which was closed permanently last year, is being dismantled. The river in the vicinity of the bridge will be closed to all traffic for 72 hours beginning at 5:30 a.m. May 3. For more information, call Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at 757-668-5555. The Jordan Bridge was built in 1928 and was the oldest lift bridge in the state. A new bridge is being planned to replace it.

VA, Elizabeth River, Norfolk Southern #7 Bridge: This bridge across will be closed for repairs from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 3 and May 10.

Navigation light issue

VA, James River: James River Channel light 24 is missing.


UPPER BAY

MD, Poplar Island Narrows: Several submerged rock piles, awash at MLLW, have been confirmed as hazards to transiting mariners. They are part of two fish habitat reef lines in the Bay, located about 100 feet north and northeast of the Poplar Island Habitat Restoration Perimeter Dike at 38-46-57N, 076-22-35W and 38-46-56N, 076-22-24W.


Bridge changes

MD, VA, DC, Potomac River, Woodrow Wilson Bridge: Major in-water construction around the Woodrow Wilson Bridge has been completed and channel restrictions removed. The bridge is closed each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. of concern only to the tallest rigs.

Navigation light issues

Sharps Island Light: extinguished
Elk River Channel Lighted Buoy 14: extinguished
Potomac River Middle Channel Lighted Whistle Buoy A: extinguished
Rockhold Creek Channel Light 12: extinguished
Severn River, Mill Creek Light 2M: missing


The next Notice to Chesapeake Mariners will be May 15.
Please send comments and suggestions to channel9@cbmmag.net.





Beginning this May, you can have the best of both boating worlds by staying up to date with the latest notices to mariners both the official kind and the exclusive local kind. And you can do it in two different ways: The first is already available on Chesapeake Bay Magazine's year-round Notice to Mariners page, which you'll find here on ChesapeakeBayBoating.net. This page is updated every time the Coast Guard releases a Notices to Mariners update (every two weeks) and every time we receive boating reports from around the Bay.

Beginning this boating season, however, Chesapeake Bay Magazine readers can receive updated notices by email. We'll sort out the official information that applies exclusively to Bay area boaters and we'll add up-to-date information from our staff boaters all, of course our readers, marina owners and professional mariners. The Notice to Chesapeake Mariners email service will be the most complete, most up-to-date, most useful boating information about the Bay you can get. And it's free! To sign up to receive CBM's Notice to Chesapeake Mariners, send an email to channel9@cbmmag.net or call us at 410-263-2662. (The privacy of your email address will, of course, be strictly honored.) The first Notice to Chesapeake Mariners will arrive in your inbox May 1.


Beginning February 1, that EPIRB's gotta be digital!

If your boat is still equipped with an analog EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), you might as well start thinking of ways to repurpose it as a colorful fish thunker, perhaps because if you set it off in an emergency, you're going to be out of luck because nobody's going to show up. Beginning February 1 of this year, the Coast Guard is no longer monitoring EPIRBs that transmit on 121.5 or 243 Mhz. Now they are only listening for and responding to digital 406 Mhz units.

The new units have a lot going for them. They have 50 times the signal range as the 121.5 beacon's, allowing for a significantly greater likelihood that the signal will be picked up and that its position will be more accurately determined. In addition a GPS-embedded 406 EPIRB can narrow a search area to within 100 yards and can pinpoint the position within minutes. Finally, the Coast Guard expects the number of false alerts to drop dramatically. Only one signal in 50 from the old 121.5's was a genuine distress call, according to the Coast Guard there's no way to tell whether an analog beacon was initiated on land or at sea.

Now all EPIRB owners are required by law to provide emergency contact information and a vessel description by registering their beacons with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).



The Maryland Hydrographic Operations icebreaker A.V. Sandusky leaves a trail of clear water through the thin ice that coats the channel in Kent Narrows. (Photo by Kara Turner, Maryland DNR).

Keeping the Channels Clear

A Maryland Department of Natural Resources Hydrographic Operations crew broke ice recently aboard the A.V. Sandusky along the coastline of Kent Narrows.

Deicing allows law enforcement units, such as the Maryland Natural Resources Police, commercial watermen using pound nets and public service vessels, such as fuel barges, to operate during winter conditions. The Smith Island community of Maryland relies heavily upon this service to allow boats to transport students to school, the U.S. mail to be delivered and commerce on the island to occur.

The diesel-powered A.V. Sandusky has 700 horsepower and can operate in up to 8 inches of ice. The vessel was built in 1989 and is 80 feet long.

In addition to deicing work, Hydrographic Operations manages about 2,500 floating and 360 fixed navigational and regulatory aids across Maryland. The three ice-breaking vessels serve as buoy tenders and their other tailored outboard boats mark safety hazards near dams, as well as state and county lines.





Fairlee difficult creek

Boaters pretty much agree that Fairlee Creek makes a great get-away, but they also agree that its entrance is no treat. Here is Chesapeake Bay Magazine reader Marco Garcia's take on the task. "It is perhaps one of the most challenging places on the Bay for new boaters," he writes. Mr. Garcia sent us this photo of a Hunter 40.5 entering the creek in mid-channel after making the required 90-degree turn to starboard.

If you have a favorite cruising challenge, favorite photos of cruising the bay, or if you have found bottom where it didn't used to be, let us hear from you and we'll share it with everyone. Click here.



SHOALING

Flag Harbor: Shoaling to a depth of 4 feet MLW has been reported across the entrance to Flag Harbor between Flag Harbor Entrance Light (LLNR 7671) and  Flag Harbor Entrance Light 2 (LLNR 7672) extending approximately 20 feet out to the approach of the channel. Mariners are urged to use caution  when transiting the area. See chart: 12263.

Nanticoke River: There has been a report of shoaling to a depth of 2 feet MLLW in the vicinity of Nanticoke River Light 6 (LLNR 23980) extending approximately 6  yards into the channel.  Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. See chart: 12261.

Big Thorofare Channel and Big Thorofare West: Shoaling has been reported in Big Thorofare Channel to a depth of 2.0 feet MLLW between Big Thorofare Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 23020) and Big Thorofare Channel  Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 23030). Shoaling has also been reported in Big Thorofare West to a depth of 2.0 feet MLLW adjacent to Big Thorofare West Light 9 (LLNR 23235) extending approximately 5 yards into the channel. See chart: 12231.

St. Peters Creek: Shoaling into the channel to a depth of less than .01 foot MLW has been reported in the vicinity of St. Peters Creek Channel Light 3 (LLNR 23445).  See chart:12231

Farm Creek: Shoaling to a depth of less than .03 feet MLW has been reported in the center of the channel between Farm Creek Channel Light 1 (LLNR 24425)  and Farm Creek Channel Light 5 (LLNR 24440). See chart: 12261.

Chesapeake City, C & D Canal: Shoaling to 4 feet at MLW has been reported at the center of the entrance to the basin at Chesapeake City on the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Boaters are advised by the Corps of Engineers that deeper water can be found either on the east or west sides of the entrance.

Little Wicomico River: Shoaling to a depth of 2 feet MLW has been reported in the little Wicomico River in the vicinity of Little Wicomico River lights 4 and 5, extending about half the width of the channel.

Newport News Middle Ground: The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling to an approximate depth of 11 feet at the Newport News Middle Ground-Fairway for Shallow  Draft Vessels and Tows in the vicinity of 36-57.11N, 076-23.47W. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. See chart: 12245.

Veazey Cove: Shoaling to a depth of less than 3 feet MLW and heavy vegetation has been reported in the Bohemia River's Veazey Cove.

Poplar Island area: The U.S. Corps of Engineers has confirmed reports of several submerged rock piles placed to create two fish habitat reef lines in the Chesapeake, about 100 feet north and northeast of Poplar Island Habitat Restoration Perimeter Dike. The rock piles are reported to be awash at MLLW. Caution is advised.



HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION

York River Lost anchor and chain: A 1,000-pound anchor and 15 feet of anchor chain were lost in the York River in the approximate position of 37-14.507N, 076-26.586W. Mariners  should use extreme caution when transiting the area. See chart: 12243.



BRIDGES

14th Street Bridges, Potomac River: Rehabilitation work will begin around January 1 at the piers on the northbound and southbound 14th  Street Bridges, at mile 109.8, over the Potomac River, in Washington, DC.  Work will start on northbound piers 3, 6, and 14 on January 5, 2009  and continue through January 5, 2010.  Three barges, measuring 30 feet X 90 feet will be on site, one at each location.  Work will start on piers 4  and 5 about July 1 and continue through June 2010.  Each of the five piers will be surrounded by a turbidity curtain for the duration of the job.  A tentative completion date for water-based work is July 2010.  Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. See chart: 12289

Pennington Avenue Bridge, Curtis (Creek) Bay: The Pennington Avenue Bridge, at mile 0.9, across Curtis (Creek) Bay in Baltimore, will be closed to vessels beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, until and including 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, to facilitate submarine cable  installation and electrical repairs. See chart: 12278.


Jordan Bridge, Hampton Roads: Hampton Roads, famous for traffic snarls on both land and sea, now has one fewer lift bridge to kick around. Due to prohibitive repair and replacement costs, the 80-year-old Jordan Lift Bridge Virginia's oldest operating lift bridge closed in the open position for good on November 8. Less means more for commercial and recreational craft transiting the Elizabeth River's Southern Branch, and for snowbirds leaving the Bay by way of Virginia's segment of the Intracoastal Waterway. However, less means more trouble for Hampton Roads commuters traveling between Norfolk and Portsmouth, who will now have to find alternative routes.



NAVIGATION CHANGES

Action Taken

Annapolis Harbor: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Boating Advisory Commission turned down a petition that sought to move back the six-knot speed zone at the entrance to Annapolis Harbor from October 31 to April 15 to allow boats to cross the area at 35 knots during the day and 20 knots at night. The line would have been seasonally reset beginning at Triton Point to Horn Point to a line beginning at a red marker on the Naval Academy seawall to the bulkhead at Annapolis Sailing Association. After receiving correspondence and testimony during a November hearing that the area is used by sailboats and other small craft throughout the winter and that the increased wake along the shoreline of Spa Creek, the committee voted to allow the current limits to stand year-round. Regulation proposals are posted at www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/regs.html


Action Pending

West River: The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on changing the aid type and name of West River Lighted Buoy 1A (LLNR 19465) to West River Light 3 (LLNR 19465). Water depths of approximately 12 feet in this area will be better served by a fixed aid, the Coast Guard says. The new lights position and flash characteristic, Flashing Green 2.5 second   (Fl G 2.5s) will remain. Send comments to: Commander Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100  Portsmouth, Va. 23704 Attn.: Albert Grimes Or email to: Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil See chart: 12270

Cypress Creek Bridge: The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) would like to turn off the navigation lights at the Cypress Creek Bridge, which carries Route 258 across that body of water at Smithfield Station. The VDOT argues that too few boats use the channel to justify the expense of maintaining the lights. Before giving the VDOT the nod, however, the Coast Guard is seeking comments from boaters in the Smithfield area and owners of property adjacent to the bridge. Address comments to Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Va. 23704.