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  • Announcement: North Carolina Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

    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 North Carolina 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.

  • LNM: Bogue Inlet Buoys Re-established, AICW Statute Mile 227


    Bogue Inlet buoys were removed in May of 2017 and have now reset. Note that the Nav Aids affected are in the Inlet proper and not Bogue Inlet/AICW intersection which has been a shoaling Problem Stretch for years.

    NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GOVE SOUND – BOGUE INLET READ MORE!

    The new Bogue Inlet aids to navigation system has been reestablished and mariners are advised to consult Commander Coast Guard Fifth District Broadcast Notice to Mariners BNM 403-17 or contact Sector North Carolina Command Center (910) 343-2200 for additional guidance. Currently Bogue Inlet Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 29495) no longer marks safe passage for mariners and Bogue Inlet Buoy 1 (LLNR 29497) an unlighted green can buoy, has been established in approximate position 34-38-02.867N 077-06-13.528W. Bogue Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 29500) has been reestablished in approximate position 34-38-02.867N 077-06-13.528W to mark the entrance to Bogue Inlet. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting this newly marked entrance to Bogue Inlet. Chart 11541 25/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Reset Buoy 1

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  • LNM: Inspections Underway at Alligator River Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 84


    A call to the project director confirms that Alligator River Bridge will operate normally and the inspections should NOT impede navigation. The Alligator River Bridge crosses the Alligator River section of the Waterway at Statute Mile 84, south of flashing marker #12, just south of where the Waterway exits Albemarle Sound.

    NC – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ALBAMARLE SOUND TO NEUSE RIVER – ALLIGATOR RIVER – BRIDGE INSPECTIONREAD MORE!

    An engineering firm, on behalf of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, will be performing an inspection at the US 64 Bridge, over Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Alligator River), mile 84.2, near Columbia, NC. The inspection will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday to Friday on June 5, 2017 through July 5, 2017. A 27 ft. work vessel will be operating under and in the vicinity of the bridge to provide access for inspection. The vessel may be reached on VHF-FM channel 16. The project foreman can be reached at (252) 202-2112. Mariners should use
    caution when transiting the area. Chart 11553 LNM 23/17

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For Alligator River Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Alligator River Bridge

  • LNM: Bogue Inlet ATONs Removal, AICW Statute Mile 227

    Hopefully, this temporary removal of inlet Nav Aids is in anticipation of dredging of Bogue Inlet. See http://cruisersnet.net/163904 for comments on projected dredging. Bogue Inlet/AICW intersection has been a shoaling Problem Stretch for years and will be positively affected by dredging of the Inlet itself.


    News Release
    May 16, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
    Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
    Office: (757) 398-6272
    After Hours: (757) 434-7712

    Coast Guard temporarily discontinues 12 navigational aids in Bogue Inlet, NC  READ MORE!

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard temporarily discontinued 12 navigational aids Monday in Bogue Inlet, near Emerald Isle and Swansboro.

    Heavy shoaling in the vicinity of Bogue Inlet has grown over recent months making the waterway inaccessible to vessels with a draft greater than three feet. The aids to navigation (ATON) no longer safely mark the channel and mariners transiting through Bogue Inlet do so at their own risk.

    The ATON listed below have changed and currently do not accurately mark the waterway, which can be more dangerous to mariners than having no ATON:

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 6A (LLNR 29525)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 29530)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 8 (LLNR 29535)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 10 (LLNR 29540)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 11 (LLNR 29550)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 12 (LLNR 29555)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 13 (LLNR 29557)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 14 (LLNR 29559)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 15 (LLNR 29560)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 29563)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 17 (LLNR 29565)

    * Swansboro Coast Guard Channel Junction Buoy CG (LLNR 29605)

    The Army Corps of Engineers plans to return to the Inlet to conduct additional dredging in June, after which time the Coast Guard will re-establish the ATON.

    “The Coast Guard is responsible for providing navigational systems, information and services that enable safe navigation,” said Lt. Eunice A. James, Chief of Waterways Management Division at Sector North Carolina. “We will continue to work with federal, state and local partner agencies to address safety concerns to waterway depth and safe placement of navigational aids.”

    Consult the Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of ATON at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5

    To report any ATON discrepancies, shoaling, or hazards to navigation, please contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-343-3882.

    The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update mariners as necessary.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Bogue Inlet Channel Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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  • LNM: Lockwoods Folly Inlet Nav Aids Being Temporarily Discontinued, near AICW Statute Mile 321


    The Nav Aids being discontinued are in the Inlet proper and are not the Waterway markers which include Nos. 44 to 48A.  Click here for a recent survey of this intersection.

    News Release
    April 20, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
    Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
    Office: (757) 398-6272
    After Hours: (757) 434-7712

    Coast Guard scheduled to temporarily discontinue 10 Lockwoods Folly Inlet navigational aids in NC

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to temporarily discontinue ten navigational aids in Lockwoods Folly Inlet near Oak Island and Holden Beach beginning Thursday, due to extensive shoaling and navigational safety concerns. READ MORE!

    Under the current condition of the inlet, the aids to navigation can no longer be configured to safely mark a passable channel. Mariners transiting through Lockwoods Folly Inlet do so at their own risk.

    Heavy shoaling in the vicinity of Lockwoods Folly Inlet has progressed over the past few months making the waterway inaccessible to vessels with a draft greater than three feet. The aids to navigation listed below currently do not accurately mark the waterway as they once did. The markers are misleading to mariners, which can be more dangerous than having no aids to navigation.

    The aids to navigation scheduled to be changed are:

    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 1 (31010)
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 2 (31015)
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 3 (31020)
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 4 (31025)
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 5 (31027)
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 6 (31030)
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 7 (31035)
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 8 (31040)
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 10 (31045)
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 12 (31047)
    The Coast Guard is responsible for providing navigational systems, information and services that enable safe navigation.

    The Coast Guard continues to work with federal, state and local partner agencies regarding the viability of marking waterways; however, waterways must be reasonably stable and of sufficient depth for the Coast Guard to safely service an area.

    Consult Local Notice to Mariners 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5

    “Mariners need to be aware that navigational aids in the vicinity of Lockwoods Folly are not currently reliable and present a danger,” said Lt. Eunice James, Chief of the Waterways Management Division for Sector North Carolina. “The Coast Guard is aware and taking action as soon as possible to remedy the situation.”

    To report any aids to navigation discrepancies, shoaling, or hazards to navigation, please contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-343-3882. The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update mariners as necessary.

    -USCG-

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • LNM: Shoaling in Vicinity of Bogue Inlet Problem Stretch, Swansboro, NC, near Statute Mile 227


    This shoaling, as noted below, is throughout the inlet area, an almost always shallow channel through the Bogue Inlet/AICW intersection. Of course, the Waterway intersection is a perennial problem stretch on the AICW, so proceed with caution. This Local Notice also has a very good description of the process used by the CG when handling Nav Aids in shoaling inlets. Note that dredging is to begin in April 2017.

    Mariners are advised of extensive shoaling throughout the Bogue Inlet area, Emerald Isle, NC. READ MORE!

    Significant shoaling has been observed in the vicinity of: Bogue Inlet Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 29495); between Buoys 6A (LLNR 29525) and Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 29535); and between Buoy 14 (LLNR 29559) and Buoy 15 (LLNR 29560), to depths as low as 1 foot at MLLW. Mariners transiting Bogue Inlet do so at their own risk and are advised against transiting this inlet until updated surveys by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and potential buoy repositioning by the U.S Coast Guard (USCG) can be completed to ensure the safety of the mariner. It is anticipated that the USACE will be able to dredge the inlet on or after 18 Apr 2017. If this is delayed, it may be necessary for the USCG to temporarily discontinue the Bogue Inlet aids to navigation. Should the inlet become inaccessible to the USCG ‘s smaller aids to navigation servicing vessels, the remaining buoys relative to the shifting shoal would mislead mariners and be more dangerous than having no aids to navigation at all. Under these conditions, the USCG would remove all buoys if necessary. The USCG continues to work with federal, state, and local partner agencies regarding the viability of marking this waterway in a safe manner. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent USACE Wilmington, NC District hydrographic survey information, shoaling conditions and controlling depth at: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Naviqation/Hydrographic-Surveys and consult the Local Notice to
    Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?paqeName=lnmDistrict&reqion=5
    Charts 11541, 11543 LNM 13/17
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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Bogue Inlet Channel Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • LNM: More Severe Shoaling in Hatteras Inlet, Pamlico Sound, off AICW


    Hatteras Inlet, a narrow, unstable seaward passage, cuts the southern reaches of Hatteras Island and the northern strands of Ocracoke Island. Regular Navigation Alerts are posted for this inlet and SSECN still advises that no one attempt to make use of this inlet channel without very specific and recent local knowledge!

    NC – HATTERAS INLET – SHOALING Read More

    Due to severe shoaling Hatteras Inlet Buoy 2A (LLNR 28647), Hatteras Inlet Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 28650), Hatteras Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 28653), Hatteras Inlet Lighted 6 (LLNR 28660) no longer mark navigable water. Mariners should not rely on these buoys for navigation and are advised to use caution while transiting this area.
    Chart 11520 and 11555 LNM 03/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hatteras Inlet

  • Shoaling Reported at Mason Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 280


    This Waterway shoaling, at the intersection of Mason Inlet and the Waterway near Howe Point, was also reported as a Nav Alert in July of this year. See http://cruisersnet.net/158529

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – NEW RIVER – CAPE FEAR RIVER – SHOALING
    The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling to a depth of 2 feet at MLW channelward of New River/Cape Fear River Buoy 121 (LLNR 39597), in approximate position 34-14-60N, 077-46-57W. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. NC BNM 733-16 Chart 11541 LNM 51/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mason Inlet.

  • More Wave Break Structures, Old House Channel, Pamlico Sound, NC


    Old House Channel connects Pamlico Sound and Roanoke Sound and forms the main/bridgeless, non-AICW northbound route into Manteo, NC. Please see Note C on Chart 12205 regarding frequently shifted navigation aids in these channels. The continued installation of these wave break structures should help reduce shoaling. See http://cruisersnet.net/159286

    NC – PAMLICO SOUND – OLD HOUSE CHANNEL – ESTABLISHMENT OF WAVE BREAK STRUCTURES AND ACCOMPANYING WARNING LIGHTS
    On or about November 7, 2016, North Carolina Department of Transportation will be establishing three wave break structures. These structures will be marked with daymarks and white, slow flashing warning lights.
    Old House Channel Warning Light A, 35-45-17.3N, 075-35-13.7W, Fl W 2.5S, NW on pile
    Old House Channel Warning Light B, 35-45-17.8N, 075-35-10.7W, Fl W 2.5S, NW on pile
    Old House Channel Warning Light C, 35-45-17.1N, 075-35-07.8W, Fl W 2.5S, NW on pile
    Chart 12204 12205 LNM 43/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old House Channel

  • SPECIAL NOTICE: SOUTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA – FLORIDA, 10/13/2016

    Discrepancies to Nav Aids may be reported to 305-415-6800.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA – FLORIDA
    DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE MATTHEW, AIDS TO NAVIGATION, STRUCTURES OR PLATFORMS MAY BE DAMAGED, DESTROYED OR SUBMERGED. LIGHTED AND UNLIGHTED BUOYS MAY HAVE BEEN MOVED FROM ASSIGNED POSITIONS, BE DAMAGED, EXTINGUISHED, SINK, OR OTHERWISE MADE INOPERATIVE. MARINERS SHOULD NOT RELY COMPLETELY UPON THE POSITION OR OPERATION OF AN AID TO
    NAVIGATION IN THESE AREAS, BUT SHOULD ALSO EMPLOY SUCH OTHER METHODS OF DETERMINING POSITION AS MAY BE AVAILABLE.
    WRECKS AND SUBMERGED OBSTRUCTIONS MAY MOVE FROM CHARTED LOCATIONS AND PIPELINES MAY BECOME UNCOVERED OR MOVE DUE
    TO THE FORCE OF STORM SURGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND REPORT ALL AIDS TO NAVIGATION DISCREPANCIES TO THE NEAREST COAST GUARD UNIT.
    ****THIS LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS DOES NOT REFLECT ALL OF THE POTENTIAL DISCREPANCIES OF THE AIDS TO NAVIGATION****
    LNM 41/16

  • Changes to Nav Aids in Russell Slough, Beaufort , NC, near AICW Statute Mile 202


    For many years now, the northwestern tip of the Gallants Channel, where it intersects the Waterway at Marker #35, has shoaled in completely. Thus, southbound AICW craft, bent on a visit to Beaufort, must abandon the Waterway between markers #29 and #30, and run the marked Russel Slue Channel, until intersecting the Gallants Channel southwest of marker #7.

    ****NC – RUSSELL SLOUGH – GALLANTS CHANNEL – PROPOSED CHANGES AIDS TO NAVIGATION****
    Russell Slough is a non-maintained channel east of Newport Marshes in Beaufort, North Carolina. Gallants Channel is a federally maintained project that connects to the southern end of Russell Slough. However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers state there are no funds or plans to dredge this project. Due to encroaching shoals in these waterways, both channels require the following changes to appropriately mark and ensure safe navigation of the waterway.
    The Coast Guard proposes to relocate: Read More

    Russell Slough DBN 6A (LLNR 38467)
    Russell Slough Light 7 (LLNR 38470)
    Russell Slough Channel Junction Light RG (LLNR 34855)
    The Coast Guard proposes to establish:
    Russell Slough Buoy 8
    The Coast Guard proposes to discontinue:
    Russell Slough Channel Warning DBN A (LLNR 34852)
    Russell Slough Channel Warning DBN B (LLNR 34853)
    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/D05%20LNM%202015%20Special%20Notice_Waterway_Proposal%20Feedback%20Form.pdf
    All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 26 October, 2016 to be considered in the analysis. Refer to project number
    05-16-138(D).
    Send comments to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil or pablo.a.ortiz2@uscg.mil
    U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District
    Waterways Management (dpw)
    Attn: Pablo Ortiz
    431 Crawford Street
    Portsmouth, VA 23704
    Chart 11541, 11545 LNM 38/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Intersection of Russell Slough with Gallants Channel

  • Possible Nav Aid Damage from Hermine

    The local notice below is standard USCG procedure, but caution is still the proper watchword. Of course, such nav aid damage may well extend all along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA – FLORIDA
    DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE HERMINE, AIDS TO NAVIGATION, STRUCTURES OR PLATFORMS MAY BE DAMAGED, DESTROYED OR SUBMERGED. LIGHTED AND UNLIGHTED BUOYS MAY MOVE FROM ASSIGNED POSITIONS, BE DAMAGED, EXTINGUISHED, SINK, OR OTHERWISE MADE INOPERATIVE. MARINERS SHOULD NOT RELY COMPLETELY UPON THE POSITION OR OPERATION OF AN AID TO NAVIGATION IN THESE AREAS, BUT SHOULD ALSO EMPLOY SUCH OTHER METHODS OF DETERMINING POSITION AS MAY BE AVAILABLE. WRECKS AND SUBMERGED OBSTRUCTIONS MAY MOVE FROM CHARTED LOCATIONS AND PIPELINES MAY BECOME UNCOVERED OR MOVE DUE TO THE FORCE OF STORM SURGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND REPORT ALL AIDS TO NAVIGATION DISCREPANCIES TO THE NEAREST COAST GUARD UNIT. LNM 36/16

  • Wreck and Buoy Removed from Neuss River, NC, off the AICW


    This charted discontinued buoy and removed wreck were on the south side of the river east of Cherry Point.

    NC – NEUSE RIVER – DISCONTINUED WRECK BUOY
    The Coast Guard has discontinued Neuse River Channel Lighted Wreck Buoy WR7A (LLNR 33717). Neuse River Channel Lighted Wreck Buoy WR7A and the wreck which the buoy marked were removed. Chart 11552 LNM 35/16

  • Shoaling Reported at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280, 7/12/2016


    This shoaling is at the intersection of Mason Inlet and the Waterway near Howe Point.

    ****NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – NEW RIVER TO CAPE FEAR RIVER****
    An area of shoaling has been reported IVO of New River – Cape Fear River Buoy 121 (LLNR 39597) in the AICWW St M 280 near Mason Inlet Crossing. ACOE reported a depth of 2.2ft at MLW. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting this area. NC BNM 357-16 Chart 11541 LNM 28/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mason Inlet.

  • Surf City Bridge Replacement Proposal, AICW Statute Mile 260.7, Surf City, NC


    With a closed vertical clearance of 12ft, the Surf City Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 261, southwest of unlighted daybeacon #69. This proposed replacement is good news for locals and for cruisers. Please note the comment submission deadline of July 8.

    NC – ALBERMARLE SOUND TO SUNSET BEACH – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
    The purpose of this notice is to notify mariners, adjacent property owners, and government agencies that the North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes to replace the NC 50/210 (Topsail Island) Bridge at AICW mile 260.7, at Surf City, Pender County, NC. Presently, in the closed position to vessels, the charted vertical clearance of the existing drawbridge is 13 feet above mean high water (MHW) and unlimited vertical clearance in the full open position, with 92 feet of horizontal clearance between the fenders. The proposed replacement would be a fixed bridge that will provide a vertical clearance of 65 feet above MWH, with a horizontal clearance of 120 feet. The bridge piers would be designed for vessel impact with no fender system to be constructed. Comments should be forwarded to the above address attention (dpb) no later than July 8, 2016.
    Copies of Public Notice 5-1364 which describes the proposal in detail can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6227 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. Chart 11541 LNM 24/16

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Surf City Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Surf City Bridge

  • Shoaling at Lockwood Folly Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 312, 5/25/2016


    A recent report (http://cruisersnet.net/156435) from Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care describes the shifting channel at this Problem Stretch. Marker 47 sits on the eastern tip of Holden Beach at the intersection of the Waterway and Lockwood Folly Inlet. SSECN has for years recommended mid to high tide for passage through this risky section.

    NC – LOCKWOODS FOLLY (AICW MILE MARKER 321) – SHOALING
    Mariners are advised that an area of shoaling exists at AICW mm 321 in the vicinity of Lockwoods Folly inlet at Cape Fear River-Little River buoy 47 (LLNR 40225). A 300 yard shoal extends across the federal channel with depths varying from 1 to 5 feet at mean low water. Buoys have been placed to mark deeper water around this shoal. Mariners are highly recommended to transit this area with caution at slow no wake speeds and do so at high tide.
    Chart 11534 LNM 21/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Lockwood Folly

  • Hazards of North Carolina Coastal Inlets, 4/27/2016

    This Special Notice was issued last year, http://cruisersnet.net/148804, and the latest issue serves to urge NC boaters to use extreme caution in the inlets listed below. Shoaling in the inlets may well mean shoaling in the intersection of the inlet with the Waterway. Pay particular attention to the NC Problem Stretches that involve these inlets: Bogue, Browns, New River, Carolina Beach, Lockwoods and Shalotte. Details of these Problem Stretches are found in the links below.

    NC – HAZARDS OF NORTH CAROLINA COASTAL INLETS
    This notice is to notify mariners about accessing hazardous inlets, to heighten public awareness about the hazards that exist in and around the inlets, and to provide the mariner with available information. Mariners are advised that shoaling conditions exist at following North Carolina coastal inlets:
    Oregon Inlet
    Hatteras Inlet
    Ocracoke Inlet
    Barden Inlet
    Beaufort Inlet
    Bogue Inlet
    New River Inlet
    Topsail Inlet
    Masonboro Inlet
    Carolina Beach Inlet
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet
    Shallotte Inlet
    Shoaling conditions increase the potential for groundings. These inlets are subject to continual and sometimes rapid environmental changes. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington, North Carolina District hydrographic survey information, centerline waypoints and controlling depth at: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys.aspx
    Mariners should use caution when navigating in these areas and passage through the inlets is not recommended without local knowledge of the area. The aids to navigation in these inlets may not be charted and may not be marking best water due to continually shifting shoals. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5
    To report any aids to navigation discrepancies (missing, damaged, off station, extinguished lights), shoaling, hazards to navigation, or discrepancies on bridge lighting, please contact Sector North Carolina Command Center (910) 343-2200.   LNM 17/16

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Bogue Inlet Channel Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For New River/New River Inlet

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Carolina Beach Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Shalotte Inlet Intersection

  • Typical Shoaling Reported in Hatteras Inlet, Pamlico Sound, NC


    Hatteras Inlet lies well off the Waterway, on the eastern edge of Pamlico Sound. This narrow, unstable seaward passage cuts the southern reaches of Hatteras Island and the northern strands of Ocracoke Island. We have had Navigation Alerts posted in this inlet for some time (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=76962 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=76962) and, despite recent dredging (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=123320), we still advise that no one attempt to make use of this inlet channel without very specific local knowledge!

    Mariners are advised that an area of shoaling has been reported in the Hatteras Inlet between buoys 4 (LLNR 28650) and 5 (LLNR 28653) with an approximate dept of 2 feet at mean low tide. The report indicated shoaling is encroaching approximately 80 percent of the channel. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting this area.
    Chart 11555 LNM 4/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hatteras Inlet

  • Shoaling Reported in Carolina Beach Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 294


    Note that this shoaling is in the Inlet proper, not in the Waterway.

    NC – CAROLINA BEACH INLET – SHOALING
    Mariners are advised that an area of shoaling has been reported in the vinicty of Carolina Beach Inlet between buoys 1 (LLNR 30265) through 6 (LLNR 30290). The report indicated shoaling of 2.0 feet at mean low water. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting this area. Chart 11534 LNM 52/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Carolina Beach Inlet

  • Shoaling Conditions in NC AICW Miles 237, 271, 280 and 321, December 23, 2015

    This valuable Marine Safety Information Bulletin is sent to us from Officer Burrill of the NC Sector USCG. And Officer Burrill also wishes us all Happy Holidays!

    ncsector
    This bulletin is to notify mariners about several areas on the AICW where a shoaling hazard to navigation exists and to provide the mariner with valuable information to transit these areas safely.

    Mariners are advised that shoaling conditions exist 6at AICW Mile Markers 237, 271, 280 and 321 in North Carolina. Severe shoaling has restricted the federal channel depths and horizontal clearances of the AICW in the following locations:

    AICW MM 237 – Browns Inlet Intersection in the vicinity of Bogue Sound – New River Buoy 61A (LLNR 39223) – 200 yard shoal extending into the federal channel with depths varying from <1′ to 5′ at mean low water – Approximate position is 34º35’49.20”N, 077º14’30.80”W to 34º35’52.70”N, 077º14’26.90”W

    AICW MM 271 – Howards Creek Intersection in the vicinity of New River – Cape Fear River Buoy 99A (LLNR 39548) – 350 yard shoal extending into the federal channel with depths varying from <2′ to 5′ at mean low water – Approximate position is 34º21’18.00”N, 077º40’53.00”W to 34º21’13.00”N, 077º41’02.00”W

    AICW MM 280 – Masons Inlet Intersection in the vicinity of New River – Cape Fear River Buoy 121 (LLNR 39597) – 250 yard shoal extending into the federal channel with depths varying from <1′ to 4′ at mean low water – Approximate position is 34º14’52.70”N, 077º46’58.40”W to 34º15’00.00”N, 077º46’51.60”W

    AICW MM 321 – Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection in the vicinity of Cape Fear River – Little River Buoy 47 (LLNR 40225) – 250 yard shoal extending into the federal channel with depths varying from <1′ to 5′ at mean low water – Approximate position is 33º55’14.80”N, 078º14’10.60”W to 34º55’15.50”N, 078º13’58.80”W

    Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed and proceed with caution when navigating in these areas. Shoaling conditions increase the potential for groundings. Any grounding of a vessel poses a significant risk to injury to those onboard and a risk of substantial damage to a vessel. There have been and continue to be groundings in these identified locations.

    It is highly recommended that all mariners conduct proper pre-voyage planning when intending to transit these areas and do so at the high tide, in daylight hours, ensure vessel drafts are adequate to transit the AICW and do not attempt to overtake or meet other vessels in these hazardous areas.

    These areas are subject to continual and sometimes rapid environmental changes. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington, North Carolina District hydrographic survey information, centerline waypoints and controlling depth at: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys/AIWW.aspx

    Some aids to navigation on the AICW may not be charted and may be marking best water outside of the federal channel due to continually shifting shoals. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5

    The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of AICW and update mariners as necessary. To report any aids to navigation discrepancies or hazards to navigation, please contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-2200.

    LCDR Derek J. Burrill
    USCG Sector North Carolina
    Chief, Waterways Management Division
    (910) 772-2230

    Statute Mile 237
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    Statute Mile 271
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    Statute Mile 280
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    Statute Mile 321
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