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North Carolina Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

Posted by admin | Posted on 01-11-2011

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 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.

AICW Shoaling Reported at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280, August 5, 2013

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-23-2014

AICW/Mason Inlet – Click for Chartview

The AICW shoaling reported below, in this article cherry picked from the Local Notice to Mariners, seems to lie along the path of the Waterway where it passes west of ultra-shallow Mason Inlet, hard by marker #131 and north of Wrightsville Beach, NC.
We deeply suspect only a part of the AICW channel is really 3.4 feet deep at MLW, or we would have hear FAR more about these shallows before now. HAS ANYONE ENCOUNTERED shallow depths while cruising the Waterway in this region. If (or if not) so, PLEASE share your observations with the cruising community by either making use of the “Comment” function below, or sending e-mail to EditorialDirector@CruisersNet.net. Many thanks in advance!

NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – NEW RIVER TO CAPE FEAR RIVER – SHOALING
Shoaling to a depth of 3.4 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of New River- Cape Fear River Buoy 121 (LLNR 39597).

NOTE: As of April 23, 2014, G121 has been reported missing. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139474

We grounded there with a 5,5ft draft. While our rudder was free, our keel was stuck and our depth sounder showed 5 ft. We could however not move. We were towed by Seatow and fell onto our side and was towed for about 60 feet on our side before stabilizing. Our rudder was bent and our boat twisted, which resulted in serious damage. As we understood from both Seatow and Boatus, the barges create pockets with walls over an extended area. Be very careful and pass within 20 feet of the docks [red side].
Sonia

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

“Paddle for the Border”, May 3, 2014, Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-15-2014

Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

Dismal Swamp Welcome Center – Click for Chartview

PLEASE, NO WAKE! as you pass these paddlers. Go slow and enjoy the Canal!
The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is located on the east shore of the like-named Canal at Statute Mile 28 and would be a great place to watch and cheer on the participants.

VA – CHESAPEAKE – DISMAL SWAMP CANAL
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE PADDLE FOR THE BORDER WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 3, 2014 ON THE DISMAL SWAMP CANAL. THE EVENT WILL COMMENCE AT 7 A.M. AND LAST UNTIL 3 P.M. THE SAME DAY. WHILE THE EVENT SHOULD NOT IMPEDE TRAFFIC, MARINERS SHOULD USE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITTING THE AREA.

Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

US 70, Morehead City – Newport River Bridge Repairs, AICW Statute Mile 203.8

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-09-2014

Morehead City Newport River Bridge – Click for Chartview

While few cruisers will be affected by these night-time repairs, 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.

NC – BEAUFORT INLET AND SOUTHERN CORE SOUND – NEWPORT RIVER – BRIDGE REPAIR
Mariners are advised that concrete and shotcrete repairs will be conducted at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC beginning April 14, 2014 and continue through July 14, 2014, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. A temporary snooper crane/work platform shall be suspended at various locations from atop the bridge along with a barge in the waterway. The waterway shall remain open. We advise mariners to check for future notices on this project and should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 11545 LNM: 14/14

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

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

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

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

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Shoaling Reported in Hatteras Inlet Channel, Pamlico Sound, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-12-2014

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-04-2014

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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-11-2013

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-11-2013

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-11-2013

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-07-2013

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-07-2013

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-05-2013

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.

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-26-2013

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.

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-20-2012

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

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IMPORTANT – More AICW Shoaling Reported at Statute Mile 270, near New Topsail Inlet, 12/19/12

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-19-2012

Shoaling at Statute Mile 271 - Click for Chartview

This shoaling, reported in an article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, is occurring immediately south of Statute Mile 270, near the AICW’s intersection with New Topsail Inlet. As you probably know, the mention of Cape Fear River is the USCG chart designation and does not refer to the Cape Fear area.
NOTICE THE REFERENCE BELOW TO THE AICW CHANNEL ONLY BEING “35 FEET” WIDE!!!!!! Yikes!!!!!
If ANYONE has traversed this stretch of the AICW within the last 30 days, PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH THE CRUISING COMMUNITY BY FOLLOWING THE “Click Here to Submit Cruising News” link on the upper right of this and all (except Chart View) SSECN pages!!!

NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – NEW RIVER-CAPE FEAR RIVER – SHOALING
Shoaling to a depth of 1.0 ft. MLW has been reported between New River -Cape Fear River Buoy 99 (LLNR 39547) and New River -Cape Fear River Light 100 (LLNR 39550). Chart: 11541.

NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – NEW RIVER TO CAPE FEAR RIVER (AICW) – SHOALING
Shoaling to depth of less than 4.0 ft MLW has been reported between New River-Cape Fear River 99A (LLNR 39548) and New River-Cape Fear River 99B (LLNR 39549). Channel width appears to have been reduced to approximately 35 feet. Chart:11541.

Seasons greetings! Today is 12/22/12 and at 10:30am we navigated this spot described as being very shallow. We are in a sailboat with a draft of 5.2ft. The tide was 30minutes on the flood side of low. Per advice from TowBoat US out of Wrightsville Beach, we favored the greens. The shallowest we saw was 6.3feet near Green can “99B”. A bit deeper near “99A”. TowBoat indicated the channel is about 35feet in width in this area. We didnt test it. Favoring green cans “99″, “99A”, and “99B” worked for us. Our thanks to TowBoat US and the man ashore with words of warning.
Barb Masinton, s/v Waterdog

April 18, 2013
This area must have been dredged since the above reports as the Corps survey of December 2012 and Feb 2013 show depths of 12 mlw or more from 99 South if you stay in the channel. G99 is actually well off the channel. To the North of G 99 the depths are shown as 9 mlw or deeper.
DG Lawrence

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Statute Mile 270

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-11-2012

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

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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-11-2012

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

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-16-2012

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).

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Dredging Scows in Tow, Lower Cape Fear River, June 15, 2012 to February 10, 2013

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-19-2012

While the dredging described below is occurring west of the Waterway, cruisers will encounter spoil scows under tow in the Waterway from Reaves Point Channel to Cape Fear Inlet and return.

NC – CAPE FEAR RIVER – MILITARY OCEAN TERMINAL/SUNNY POINT – DREDGING – Week 25/12
The Dredge VIRGINIAN will be conducting dredging operations at the Sunny Point Terminal from 15 June until 10 February, 2013. Tugs and scows will transport the spoil to the Ocean Disposal Area. The dredge and assisting vessels 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. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must be remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging projects are usually conducted
twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work. 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: 11537.

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