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Florida Keys Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-12-2011

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!
Below you will discover extracts the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has copied from the Local Notice to Mariners, that concern Florida Keys waters. The choice of what to extract is based on our appraisal of news that is of primary interest to the cruising community, and should not in any way be considered a comprehensive relisting of all the information that is available in the Local Notice to Mariners’ various editions.
Also, please note that LNTM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

Hazard West of Main Channel into Key West Harbor, Key West. FL, March 12, 2014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-12-2014

Tug Location - Click for Chartview

Tug Location – Click for Chartview

This mast of a sunken vessel is in the same area as the sunken tug, MV TILLY, may be the tug’s mast. The Coast Guard has marked the wreak with a lighted temporary buoy. See Local Notice to Mariners http://cruisersnet.net/?p=136965

FLORIDA-KEY WEST HARBOR-KEY WEST MAIN CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken S/V with a mast sticking out of the water in approximate position 24-30.55N/081-50.455W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Ref: Sector KWT BNM 045/14 Charts 11441, 11446, 11447 LNM: 10/14

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position West of Key West Channel

81-foot Tug Sinks off Key West, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-11-2014

Tug Location - Click for Chartview

Tug Location – Click for Chartview

The sunken tug, reported below, lies well west of the main channel into Key West harbor. With the lighted buoy in place (see below), the wreck should not present as serious a hazard to navigators as would have been true otherwise. However, the Coast Guard has now upgraded the site as a Hazard to Navigation, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=137174. For more on this story go to http://www.keysnet.com/2014/03/05/495112/81-foot-tug-sinks-off-key-west.html from KeysInfoNet.com

FLORIDA-KEY WEST HARBOR-KEY WEST MAIN CHANNEL: Temporary Establishment of Lighted Buoy
The following aid has been temporarily established to navigate around the sunken M/V TUG TILLY. A temporary Lighted Buoy with Fl Q R characteristics, 3NM in position 24-31-13.199N/081-49-50.819W is marking the Tug. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Charts 11441, 11446, 11447 LNM: 09/14

This sad incident is the type of thing that has created the mistaken impression that derelict boats are a huge problem and a large cost for the citizens of Florida, when in reality it is a very few problems like this one. This has nothing to do with legitimate boaters or cruisers going about their activities, so I hope it doesn’t become an excuse for more onerous regulations impacting us.
John Kettlewell

tug

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, for the Location of Sunken Tug

Hazard to Navigation: Niles Channel – Off Hawk Channel Between Marathon and Key West, May 28, 2013

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-28-2013

Niles Channel - Click for Chartview

Niles Channel makes into the northern flank of the Florida Key’s Hawk Channel between Summerland Key and Ramrod Key. The underwater debris reported below is found near a recommended anchorage along Niles Channel’s northern tip, just south of the fixed bridge.

FLORIDA-FLORIDA KEYS-BAHIA HONDA TO SUGARLOAF KEY-NILES CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation – Niles Channel Fishing
Pier Deterioration.
Mariners are reminded of fallen debris from the old Niles Channel fishing bridge pier deteriorating. Parts of the fishing pier have fallen into the water in approximate position 24-39-36.0N/081-26-06.0W. Mariners are advised to remain clear of this structure and to use the main navigational channel when transiting the area. Chart 11445

Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Niles Channel Northern Anchorage

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at the Niles Channel Bridge

New Marker on Niles Channel Denotes Position of Sunken Debris (off Hawk Channel between Marathon and Key West), 1/19/12

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-19-2012

Niles Channel runs north from the Hawk Channel between Moser Channel (Marathon) and Key West, some 2 nautical miles east of Hawk Channel’s marker #50A. We list at least three anchorages available to cruisers along Niles Channel (linked below).
The northernmost anchor down spot will be discovered just south of the 40 foot fixed bridge spanning the gap between Summerland and Ramrod Keys. And, the sunken debris, marked by the new aid to navigation detailed in the notice below, cherry picked from the Local Notice to Mariners, lies s short hop south of this northern anchorage.
ALL mariners northbound on Niles Channel, whether to anchor or to continue navigation north of the bridge, need to be aware of the sunken debris marked by the “temporary buoy,” and take all measures necessary to keep clear!
The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is declaring a Navigational Alert for these waters!

FLORIDA- FLORIDA KEYS-BAHIA HONDA TO SUGARLOAF KEY–NILES CHANNEL: Temporary Buoy
A temporary buoy has been placed at Niles Channel Bridge in approximate position 24-39-36.0N 081-26-06.0W marking fallen debris from the old Niles Channel Bridge fishing pier deteriorating. Mariners are advised to remain clear of this structure. Chart 11445

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position On Niles Channel Near the Postion of the New Marker Described Above
Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Niles Channel Northern Anchorage

Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Niles Channel Southern Anchorage

Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Niles Channel–Pye Key Anchorage

Old Bahia Honda Bridge – Big Spanish Channel: Hazard to Navigation/Update, 1/6/11

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-06-2011

The Old Bahia Honda Bridge is a fixed bridge with a vertical clearance of 29 ft at statute mile 1205 just south of Seven Mile Bridge.

LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS:
It is reported that the Old Bahia Honda Bridge is rapidly deteriorating and many parts are hanging dangerously below the bridge. The
channel at the east end of the bridge is the only clear safe passage. Mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution.
Ref: LNM 31-08 through 52-09, 01 through 51-10 and BNM 128-08-KW and 141-08-KW Chart: 11442, 11448

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at the Bahia Honda Bridge