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May 19, 2015

Virginia

HAMPTON BAR - Extinguishing Foot Wool Light
Upgrades to the aids to navigation system near Fort Wool Light (LL 9385) have reduced its necessity to be maintained as an aid to navigation. The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on discontinuing the light equipment from Fort Wool Light. Interested marinersre strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on navigational safety. You may provide feedback using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available online at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/D5_LNM_2014_Special_Notice_Waterway_Proposal_Feedback_Form.pdf.
All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to May 25, 2015 to be considered in the analysis. Send comments: CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil or Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil, or mailed to U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterways Management (dpw)
431 Crawford Street, Room 100 Portsmouth, VA 23704
Attn: Albert Grimes

JAMESTOWN ISLAND TO JORDAN POINT - Damaged buoy replaced
NOAA has reported that their lighted data buoy in the vicinity of Jamestown Island is damaged, full of water and off station. The damaged buoy is located in approximate position 37-12-31.210N 076-47-00.440W, and will be recovered in the near future. NOAA has reestablished a new buoy NOAA Lighted Data Buoy J (LLNR 12113) in approximate position 36-12-15.000N 076-46-39.000W showing a Fl Y 4s characteristic.
Chart 12248


CAPE CHARLES CHANNEL AND HARBOR - Harbor dredging
Cottrell Contracting Corporation will begin dredging operations in Mud Creek and Harbor of Refuge inside the Cape Charles Harbor about June 1. Operations are expected to be completed on or about July 15. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The dredge can be contacted on VHF Channels 13, 16.
Chart 12224 LNM: 17/15

Maryland

PROPOSED AIDS TO NAVIGATION CHANGE
VA - RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER ENTRANCE
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on removing the condensing panel from Rappahannock River Entrance Light 7R (LLNR 15055) and reducing the visible all round candela setting from 50 to 45 candela. Advertised nominal range will remain at 4Nm. Interested Mariners and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on navigational safety. You may provide feedback using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available online at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/D5_LNM_2014_Special_Notice_Waterway_Proposal_Feedback_Form.pdf.
All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to April 27, 2015 to be considered in the analysis. Refer to project number 05- 15-070(D) Send comments to Albert.L.Grimes@uscg.mil or CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil, or mailed to U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterways Management (dpw) Attn: Albert Grimes, Room 100 431 Crawford Street Portsmouth, VA 23704.
Chart 12235

VISITING FRENCH REPLICA SHIP
VA & MD - POTOMAC RIVER-MOUNT VERNON
As part of its 2015 voyage visit to Mount Vernon on Tuesday, June 9, the 153-foot tall ship HERMIONE is scheduled to anchor in the Potomac River, between Upper Potomac River Channel Lighted Buoy 71 (LLNR 18395) and Upper Potomac River Channel Buoy 73 (LLNR 18500) on June 8-9. For any comments or questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Waterways Management Division, at 410-576-2674 or 410-576-2693.
Chart 12289

DREDGING
VA -SALT PONDS
Southwind Construction Corporation dredge JENI LEA, with tenders ANN KAY and PROUD MARY, will be dredging within Salt Ponds Inlet through June 21. Operations are expected to take place 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Concerned mariners may contact the vessels on VHF Channels 13 & 16.
Chart 12222

COVE POINT TO SANDY POINT - Repairs to Point No Point Lighthouse
Summit Construction and ES Preconstruction Marine M/V CAPTAIN RAY will begin platform and light house repairs to Point No Point Lighthouse (LLNR 7560) on May 4 and continue through August 25. Concerned mariners may contact the CAPTAIN RAY on VHF Channels 13 and 16 call sign WDD 7007.
Chart 12230

BALTIMORE HARBOR - Seagirt/Dundalk dredging
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company Dredge 54 is currently dredging at the Seagirt/Dundalk Access Channel, North of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The Hydraulic Unloader "#2", Hydrographic Survey vessel PEARL RIVER, and scows 401 and 402 will be assisting with operations. Dredging operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until July. All vessels monitor VHF Channels 13, 16, 22A.
Chart 12281

TOLCHESTER BEACH - HART MILLER ISLAND - More reef balls
On or about May 13, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake Shellfish Program and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will be adding an additional 150 low-profile 2-foot wide by 1 ½-foot tall reefballs in the Memorial Stadium Sanctuary Reef site. The R/V PATRICIA CAMPBELL will be conducting the planting operation and will be monitoring channels 13, 16. The reef site is 3 miles west of Tolchester Beach and 3.2 miles southeast of Hart Miller Island. Memorial Stadium Reef center coordinates are:
39 12 26.88N-76 18 26 .04W. Charts: 12273 12278


February 11, 2015 


MD Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Eastern Channel: Submerged object


The Coast Guard has received a report of a submerged object located near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The object is reported to be a sunken vessel, 32-35 feet in length, in an upright position on the bottom in approximately 89 feet of water. The object is located approximately 100 yards north of the north (westbound) span of the bridges, northwest of the Eastern Channel, in approximate position latitude 38°59'27.0528"N, longitude 076°21'37.1880"W (Lat. 38.990848 Lon. 76-360329). The object is reported to be drifting southward along the bottom, as indicated by the presence of drag marks. Interested mariners can contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore at telephone 410-576-2674. 

August 15, 2014

 

Getting the Low Down on Knapps Narrows


Just how deep is the western channel into Knapps Narrows? Ask fellow boaters and marina managers, follow the various online discussion groups such as SailNet.com and Active Captain, and you'll come away with something between Doomsday and a walk in the park. "Hug the red side." "Scrape the paint off the greens." Everyone has a formula for transiting the narrow and notoriously shoaly passage above Tilghman Island between the Bay and the Choptank River. There is another way, one that's been around for years, but is only now getting its day, thanks to some better-late-than-never public relations on the part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


Every year the Corps spends a lot of time taking soundings of problem areas along its most used (commercially) waterways. Then it makes these soundings available on its divisional websites. And it is here that they effectively fall into the abyss, as far as recreational boaters are concerned. Even if you know that the information exists, you still have to find it and then figure out how to read it, because each USACE division (Baltimore vs. Norfolk, for example) presents the information in a different way. Don't ask us why. But ever-so-slowly that is changing, as the independently minded divisions have been directed to work with NOAA and the Coast Guard to make these sounding results uniform and-this is particularly important-easy to find. So while you are still better off reading lovely color-coded soundings charts from USACE Wilmington, N.C., than either USACE Baltimore or Norfolk-where they look as if they just came off an old-school dot-matrix printer-you can still derive a lot of useful information from either.


So, with all that said, here is a segment of the Corps' western approach to the Narrows, made by Hydro I in May of this year. Black represents the deepest water, followed by blue, then green and finally red. We've chosen the shallowest section of the channel, but you will want to find the entire report on our website in the "Quick Links" box (USACE Knapps Narrows Soundings). Now to the chart: If you look at red "4", you'll notice that most of the higher numbers are actually on the other side of the marker, outside the channel. The same is true at the green marker, where the better are at the extreme red side-and even beyond- of the channel.


Is this information absolute? No, it represents the soundings on that day in that time. Nonetheless, the it's helpful for finding a path through a shallow spot. We've used Corps soundings in North Carolina to negotiate some of that state's worst shoals along the Intracoastal Waterway and found them very useful indeed. Not all soundings are this current, of course, so check the dates when you look at the files and take that into consideration. As we mentioned, each Corps division presents the information differently, so keep that in mind, as well. Here are the sites for the Chesapeake. USACE Baltimore: www.nab.usace.army.mil(click on "navigation maps"); USACE Norfolk:  www.nao.usace.army.mil (click on "electronic survey distribution system").



August 5, 2014

Proposed changes to Aids to Navigation

MD PATUXENT RIVER 
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on changing Lusby Point Junction Light LP (LL 18990) to Lusby Point Junction Daybeacon (LL 18990). 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. 

VA & MD POTOMAC RIVER 
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on changing the flash characteristic of Island Creek Channel Light 3 (LL 16700) from a quick flash to flashing four second and changing Aquia Creek Light 6 (LL 17995) from a quick flash to a two and a half second flash. Also, change the name of Yeocomico River Entrance Light 2 (LL 16805) to Yeocomico River Entrance Light 2Y (LL 16805). 

*** VA GREAT WICOMICO RIVER 
Due to structural failure of Great Wicomico Light (LL 7475) the Coast Guard can no longer safely access it for maintenance and is soliciting comments on discontinuing it. 

VA LOWER YORK RIVER 
Due to structural failure of Tue Marshes Warning Daybeacon (LL 13505) the Coast Guard can no longer safely access it for maintenance and is soliciting comments on discontinuing it. 

VA UPPER YORK RIVER 
Due to structural failure of Pages Rock Warning Daybeacon A (LL 13875) the Coast Guard can no longer safely access it for maintenance and is soliciting comments on discontinuing it. 

In your comments to any of the above proposals, 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 area. Send comments 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 


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 theCruisers 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 athttp://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 visitwww.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 

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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.