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  • 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.

  • New Light in Cape Fear River, AICW Statute Mile 309

    This new warning light wil be on the east side of the Lower Swash Channel Range of the Cape Fear River, near Marker #20 east of Southport, NC.

    NC – CAPE FEAR RIVER – PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION ESTABLISHED
    On or about 03 August, 2014 Cape Fear River Warning Light (LLNR 30477/40017) will be established in approximate position 33-55-16.690N 077-59-46.330W, displaying a Fl W 4s characteristic. The aid marks an unlit structure just outside the Cape Fear River Channel. Chart 11537 LNM: 30/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Warning Light

  • US 70, Morehead City – Newport River Bridge Horizontal Clearance Reduced, AICW Statute Mile 203.8

    While few cruisers will be affected by this reduction in horizontal clearance, it’s good to be aware of any unusual activities on the Waterway. High-Rise US 70 bridge crosses the Waterway just north of the Morehead City Railway and connects Morehead City and Beaufort, NC.

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  • Jetty Repairs, Masonboro Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 285, Wrightsville Beach, NC

    Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach is a popular recreation area and anchorage north of the Masonboro Inlet. The temporary mooring buoys mentioned below may well interfere with recreational anchoring in Banks Channel.

    NC – MASONBORO INLET – JETTY REPAIRS
    Mariners are advised that Precon Marine Inc. will be completing south jetty rock repairs at Masonboro Inlet. The project will begin 7/15/2014 and run until 8/30/2014. Mariners should use extreme caution and maintain no wake while transiting the work area. Precon will have the tugs BETTY JO, DOTTI J, and SAVANNAH working in the area with crane barge KS 1355 and material barge JMC-120. All Tugs can be reached on VHF 13, 16 and 06. Work is planned for day light hours only. Temporary mooring buoys will be placed in Banks Channel and will have a single white light. Moorings will be removed upon project completion. Chart 11541 LNM: 28/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Masonboro Inlet and Banks Channel

  • Construction of US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge Replacement Underway, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 201

    SSECN first posted a Local Notice concerning this new construction in December of 2013, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129841. Please note that closures of the channel are expected and will be announced in future Local Notices. The Gallants Channel – Grayden Paul Bridge (US 70 in Beaufort, NC) is off the Waterway and the work on the new bridge will only affect those southbound cruisers making use of the Gallants Channel to visit the Beaufort waterfront.

    NC – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND) MOREHEAD CITY HARBOR CHANNEL – BEAUFORT INLET – BEAUFORT (GALLANTS) CHANNEL
    Mariners are advised that work is in progress through May 31, 2015 for the replacement of the US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge across Gallants (Beaufort) Channel, relocated between Radio Island and Michael J Field, in Carteret County, NC. When completed, the new high-level fixed bridge will have a vertical clearance of 65 feet, above mean high water, along with a horizontal clearance of 100 feet between pile bents. The construction operation will include in-water work involving pile driving, concrete placement, girder setting, and concrete deck installation with post
    tensioning. Tugboats and barges will be used and will monitor channel 13 VHF, in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Waterway closures are being planned. We advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11541 LNM: 27/14

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  • Reminder: Camp Lejeune Firing Exercises May Delay AICW Navigation, Statute Miles 235-240

    Onslow Beach – Click for Chartview

    Notification of these firing exercises appear regularly in the weekly Local Notice to Mariners. Note Line 5 in bold. If this is your first time through the Camp Lejeune area, you may be unaware of the possible delays. Normally, if firing is underway, you will be stopped by very courteous, but armed, Marines aboard small vessels, Range Control Boats. SSECN attempts to post all announced dates of closure. We hope you aren’t delayed, but, if so, log it as another of the many wonderful experiences of traveling the ICW!

    NC – NEW RIVER – FIRING EXERCISES
    1. The Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCIE-MCB CamLej), North Carolina, has advised that the area in the Atlantic Ocean between a point approximately 4.5 miles east of Bogue Inlet to a point approximately 10 miles southwest of New River Inlet, North Carolina, within the existing danger zone (depicted as 334.440) as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be hazardous to navigation because of field firing exercises during the periods and times stated below. Firing will be up to 15 nautical miles seaward. Vessels are urged to avoid the above area during the periods stated except for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, where mariners traveling through this area can expect a delay of about one to four hours during the below times. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449.
    2. The restricted areas in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    Atlantic Coast Sector Live Fire Operations
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missiles and ranges)
    Atlantic Coast Sector Non-Live fire operations
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
    3. The restricted areas in the New River, as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11542, that WILL be closed to navigation because of Stone Bay Rifle Range firing exercises during the following periods:
    Stone Creek Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    West of the 77 (deg) 26(min) longitude line.
    The restricted areas that MAY be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    Traps Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Courthouse Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    East of the 77 (deg) 26 (min) longitude line.
    Grey Point Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Farnell Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    Morgans Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    Jacksonville Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    4. The Target Bombing Area N1/BT-3 Impact Area in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, may be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    N1/BT-3 Live Fire Operations:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missile and ranges)
    N1/BT-3 Non-Live Fire Operations:
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
    5. Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Inland Waters in the Browns Island Inlet area between Bear Creek and Onslow Beach, may be closed for firing exercises during the following periods:
    Live Fire Operations:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Ranges)
    Non-Live Fire Operations:
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (Boat-Maneuvering)
    6. Ship operations consisting of landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and helicopters may be conducted in the Onslow Beach operating area and all sectors of New River from 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449. LNM: 16/14

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  • Repairs Continue on Bonner Bridge, Oregon Inlet, Pamilco Sound, Outer Banks, NC

    Oregon Inlet – Click for Chartview

    Extensive repairs have been required to the Herbert C. Bonner bridge due to shoaling in the Oregon Inlet (see earlier posting on this subject at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129657) and may continue for some time.

    NC – CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT TO WIMBLE SHOALS – OREGON INLET – HERBERT C. BONNER BRIDGE – BRIDGE BENT SCOUR AND DECK REPAIRS
    Mariners are advised that work will continue through May 31, 2014 for scour, bridge bent, and deck repairs at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge across Oregon Inlet, at mile 0.9 in Dare County, NC. A mobile hydra lift platform will be utilized from the top of the bridge in various locations and will temporarily reduce the vertical clearance outside the navigable channel by approximately 5 feet. Small sectional barges and a small crane will be utilized north of the navigational channel for scour protection measures between bents 162 to 166. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12204. LNM: 10/14

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

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

    Hatteras Inlet – Click for Chartview

    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!

    NC – CAPE HATTERAS – HATTERAS INLET – SHOALING
    Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported between Hatteras Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 28645) and Hatteras Inlet Buoy 4 (LLNR 28650). Chart: 11555. LNM: 06/14

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  • Night Time Opening Restrictions Ended at RR Bridge, AICW Statute 203.8, Morehead City, NC

    Morehead City RR Bridge – Click for Chartview

    With a closed vertical clearance of 4ft, Morehead City Railroad Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 204, immediately south of the Newport River Bridge.
    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW)
    Mariners are advised that the general operating regulations, set out at Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5, have been reinstated at the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge across Newport River, at AICW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC. Since October 2012, the drawbridge had been operating on a temporary schedule to facilitate extensive rehabilitation. The re-established operating regulations require that the drawbridge open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given. However, the drawbridge is normally maintained in the open to navigation position at all times and only closes for passing trains and/or maintenance. In the closed position to vessels, this single-leaf bascule drawbridge has a vertical clearance of approximately four feet, above mean high water. Chart 11541 January 4, 2014

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Railroad Bridge

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

  • Repairs Underway to Bonner Bridge, Oregon Inlet, Pamilco Sound, Outer Banks, NC

    Oregon Inlet - Click for Chartview

    Shoaling in the Oregon Inlet has become so severe that it is undermining the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet resulting in the closure of the bridge to road traffic in October. A on-going dredging project of the Inlet channel has become critical with the weakening of the Bonner Bridge. For more on this story, go to: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129461

    NC – CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT TO WIMBLE SHOALS – OREGON INLET – BRIDGE REPAIRS
    Emergency repair operations will be conducted on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge commencing 05 December, 2013 and will be continuing until completed. Operations will be conducted 24/7. Mariners are requested to remain clear of the work area and transit at a NO WAKE speed. Chart: 12204. LNM: 50/13

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  • Mid-Atlantic GPS Testing, October 27, 28 and 29, 2013

    The testing center point is 45 nautical miles due east of Masonboro Inlet, HOWEVER, its testing radius is 118 NM, so GPS on the NC/SC Waterway could easily be affected.

    NC/FLA – MID- ATLANTIC – GPS TESTING
    THE GPS NAVIGATION SIGNAL MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO TESTING ON GPS FREQUENCIES USED BY SHIPBOARD NAVIGATION AND
    HANDHELD SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS THAT RELY ON GPS, SUCH AS E-911, AIS AND DSC, MAY BE AFFECTED AT AN APPROXIMATE TESTING CENTER POINT OF 34 09’60.0″N 076 54’60.0″W, WITH A POSSIBLE IMPACT RADIUS OF 118 NM FROM CENTER POINT.
    2. GPS TESTING IS SCHEDULED TO BE CONDUCTED ON:
    27 Oct 2013: 1100Z – 1630Z
    28 Oct 2013: 1830Z – 0030Z
    29 Oct 2013: 1700Z – 2300Z
    30 – 31 Oct 2013: 1100Z – 1700Z3
    MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE COAST GUARD NAVIGATION CENTER 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 PROBLEM REPORT.
    For additional information, you may contact the Navigation Information Service (NIS) watch stander at (703) 313-5900.
    LNM: 41/13

  • Shoaling in Wilmington Shortcut, off the AICW at Statute Mile 297

    Wilmington Shortcut - Click for Chartview

    Cruisers leaving the Waterway for the popular trip up the Cape Fear river to Wilmington, NC, are always tempted to take this well-charted shortcut north. However, this channel has always been iffy at best and the wise captain will continue south to join the Cape Fear at ICW marker #177 before turning north. See Chartview for a Navigation Alert posted in 2011.

    NC – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND TO LITTLE RIVER – NEW RIVER TO CAPE FEAR RIVER – WILMINGTON SHORTCUT – SHOALING
    Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 39785). Shoaling is encroaching into the navigable channel. Chart: 11534.

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  • Shoaling Reported in Old House Channel, Pamlico Sound, NC, off the AICW, May 7, 2013

    Old House Channel – Click for Chartview

    Old House Channel connects Pamlico Sound and Roanoke Sound and forms the main/bridgeless, non-AICW northbound route into Manteo, NC. Oregon Inlet is a most unreliable and downright dangerous passage from southern Roanoke Sound out into the briny blue. Despite recent dredging in Old House Channel (March, 2013), shoaling is re-occurring. Please see Note C on Chart 12205 regarding frequently shifted navigation aids in these channels.

    NC – CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT TO WIMBLE SHOALS – OREGON INLET – OLD HOUSE CHANNEL – SHOALING
    Shoaling to a depth of 4.0 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Old House Channel Buoy 11 (LLNR 28275). Chart: 12204.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Buoy 11 in Old House Channel

    Click Here To View the Earlier Dredging Notice

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

  • Shoaling Reported in Old House Channel, Pamlico Sound, NC, off the AICW, May 7, 2013

    Old House Channel - Click for Chartview

    Old House Channel connects Pamlico Sound and Roanoke Sound and forms the main/bridgeless, non-AICW northbound route into Manteo, NC. Oregon Inlet is a most unreliable and downright dangerous passage from southern Roanoke Sound out into the briny blue. Despite recent dredging in Old House Channel (March, 2013), shoaling is re-occurring. Please see Note C on Chart 12205 regarding frequently shifted navigation aids in these channels.

    NC – CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT TO WIMBLE SHOALS – OREGON INLET – OLD HOUSE CHANNEL – SHOALING
    Shoaling to a depth of 4.0 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Old House Channel Buoy 11 (LLNR 28275). Chart: 12204.

    Click Here To View the Earlier Dredging Notice

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

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

  • Route 13-158 Bridge Construction to Begin 7/1/13 to 8/1/14, Chowan River, off Albemarle Sound, NC

    Route 13 Bridge - Click for Chartview

    Well off the familiar path of the AICW, the Chowan River is a deep, blackwater river that runs west and north from the westerly extreme of Albemarle Sound into remote Gates County, North Carolina.
    This is a stream all too rarely visited by cruising craft, particularly as it hosts one of the finest anchorages you will ever find, anywhere, anytime, on Bennetts Creek. There is also another good anchor down spot behind Holiday Island.
    Very, very few cruisers venture upstream on the Chowan as far as the Highway US 13-158 bridge, whose reconstruction is described below. HOWEVER, this work may indeed affect some local, year-round Albemarle Sound/Edenton, NC cruisers, so if this accurately describes you, take note!

    NC —ALBERMARLE SOUND — CHOWAN RIVER – BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
    Mariners are advised that construction activity will commence on or about July 1, 2013 through August 1, 2014 at the US 13-158 Bridge across Chowan River, at mile 36.7, between Winton and Tarheel, NC. A new fixed bridge will be constructed adjacent to the existing fixed bridge. The purpose of the project is to reduce traffic congestion and improve travel time and safety along US 13-158. The new fixed bridge will provide a minimum vertical clearance of 34 feet, above mean high water, with a 66-foot wide horizontal clearance. The existing span is currently charted with a 35-foot vertical clearance, above mean high water, with the same 66-foot wide horizontal clearance in the navigational channel. To
    facilitate the work, construction barges and tugboats will be in the area performing pile driving, concrete footing construction, erection of precast concrete girders and superstructure. We are also advising mariners use extreme caution when transiting the area. Construction tugboats will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13. Chart: 12205.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Route 13 Bridge

  • ACOE Survey Confirms Shoaling in Oregon Inlet, Pamlico Sound, Outer Banks, North Carolina

    Oregon Inlet - Click for Chartview

    Recent Local Notices to Mariners and our own on-site observations have reported severe shoaling in Oregon Inlet passage, which is now confirmed by this new Corp of Engineers survey. This passage, which cuts North Carolina’s Outer Banks south of Nags Head, and north of Hatteras, is NOT recommended for ANY mariner without very specific, up to date, local knowledge, and, even then, only for those piloting shallow draft vessels of less than 4 ft. We have had a Navigational Alert set for this inlet since June of 2011.

    NC –CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT TO WIMBLE SHOALS – OREGON INLET CHANNEL/ROANOKE SOUND CHANNEL – SHOALING
    An ACOE survey conducted 19 February, 2013 indicates shoaling to a depth of between 5.5 and 2.6 feet MLW in the vicinity of Oregon Inlet Light 54 (LLNR 28193) ) and Oregon Inlet Lighted Buoy 55 (LLNR 28195). Chart :12204.

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

  • Morning Closure for SR 74 Bridge in Wrightsville Beach, NC Set For 3/17/13, AICW Statute Mile 283.1

    SR 74 Bridge - Click for Chartview

    This is a very advance notice of this 5-hour closure to navigation, so mark your calendar. The State Road 74 bridge has a closed vertical clearance of 20ft.

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – NEW RIVER-CAPE FEAR RIVER
    To accommodate the Wrightsville Beach/Quintiles Marathon scheduled for Sunday, March 17 2013, mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge, across AIWW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC will remain in the closed position from 5 a.m. through 10 a.m. Mariners able to pass under the closed span (20 feet MHW) may do so, and should adjust their transits accordingly. Chart 11541

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For SR 74 Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of SR 74 Bridge

  • Fender Repairs on Two Bridges on the NC AICW, Statute Miles 253.3 and 283.1

    Because one of the bridges affected by these fender repairs is a fixed span, because the opening schedule of the bascule bridge is unchanged, and because very few cruising vessels require greater than 50ft HORIZONTAL clearance, most cruising vessels will be be unaffected by these fender repairs.

    NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND/NEW RIVER TO CAPE FEAR RIVER (AIWW) – BRIDGE FENDER REPAIRS
    Bridge fender repairs are being conducted on the following bridges:
    A. NC 210 Fixed Bridge at Mile 253.3 AIWW at North Topsail Inlet from 12 September until 12 December, 2012.
    B. U.S. 74/76 Bascule Bridge at Mile 283.1 AIWW at Wrightsville Beach from 01 September until 01 May, 2013.
    To facilitate repairs, a crane barge will reduce the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel from 90 feet to 50 feet. Vessels requiring greater than 50 feet horizontal clearance to safely navigate through the bridge may contact the work supervisor on VHF-FM channels 13 or 16 to arrange for removal the barge. A one hour prior notice of transit is requested. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels. Charts: 11541, 11534

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For Top Sail Island Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Topsail Island Bridge

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For SR 74 Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of SR 74 Bridge

  • Four-hour Closings of Two Bridges on the Northern Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC Slated For 10/20/12

    Only the tallest sailing vessels will be affected by the 4-hour, temporary closing (described below) of the Hwy 74 Bridge, as it has a CLOSED vertical clearance of 65ft, but the 40-foot closed vertical clearance of the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge near downtown Wilmington, NC, will be a problem for many sailcraft. Fortunately, we are only talking about a 4-hour closure on 10/20/12!

    NC – CAPE FEAR RIVER AND THE NORTHEAST CAPE FEAR RIVER – BRIDGE INFORMATION
    Mariners are advised that the S.R. 74 Bridge and the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge over the Northeast Cape Fear River in
    Wilmington, NC. will deviate from the regulation and be maintained in the closed position for runners during the annual Beach2Battleship Iron and Half–Triathlon. On Saturday October 20, 2012 the S.R. 74 Bridge will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge will be closed from10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. After this deviation from the regulation concludes, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations, 33 CFR 117.821 and Parts 117.829. Chart: 11537.

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  • Shoaling in Teaches Hole Channel, Ocracoke Inlet, NC, 8/16/12

    Teaches Hole Channel leads from Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor entrance to historic Ocracoke Inlet, once (in Colonial times) the most important seaward passage in the Tar Heel state. Today, only locals with very specific, up-to-date knowledge should try and make use of this inlet. And, according to the report below, cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, the passage from Silver Lake to the inlet is shoaling as well! The position of Marker #24 (see below) is uncharted and is approximate.

    NC – OCRACOKE INLET – TEACHES HOLE CHANNEL – SHOALING
    Shoaling to a depth of 4.0ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Teaches Hole Channel Lighted Buoy 24 (LLNR 28962).

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

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