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  • Announcement: Northern Gulf 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 the waters of the Northern Gulf from Carrabelle, Florida to New Orleans. 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: Update on Repairs, DuPont Bridge, East Bay, GIWW 295.5


    With a fixed vertical clearance of 50ft, the DuPont Bridge crosses the Gulf Waterway at Mile 295.5.

    03/29/2017: FL – GIWW – ST. ANDREWS BAY – Dupont Bridge – Rehabilitations – UPDATE Read More

    The repair work continues at the Dupont Bridge crossing the GIWW, mile 295.5, EHL, east side of the St. Andrew Bay, Bay County, Florida. Phase 1 spa ll work will resume on Span 13, moving in a northerly direction. Phase 2 has begun by working on the 4 dolphins first, then removing and replacing vertical timber work within the channel on one side at a time. The main navigation channel is located in Span 16. The fender system on the southeast quadrant was damaged on March 30, 2017, at 3:30 a.m. The channel is 150 feet horizontally, which may be affected by 55 feet
    from the barge measuring 150 feet by 45 feet, which will be spudded inside and outside of the channel at different times. The vertical clearance impact will only be within the work area during repairs. In an emergency, the equipment can be removed with one-hour notice. Assisting will be marine equipment of a 150-foot by 45-foot spud deck barge with supplies and materials. The M/V LLOYD W will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. The project will continue until July 2017. Contractors will work 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, during daylight hours only. In an emergency, contact (850) 874-1500. Mariners should be alert for equipment in the waterway at all times, exercising extreme caution when passing and maintain slowest safe speed to minimize wake. The fender damage has been temporarily repaired until new facing is placed. Charts 11389, 11390, 11393 LNM 02/17

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

  • LNM: Pensacola Triathlon, Northern Pensacola Bay, April 30, 6:00am to 10:00am


    Obviously, extreme caution must be observed in the vicinity of swimmers. The swim course stays close to the pier and north of the Harbor Channel. Palafox Pier is on the northern shore of Pensacola Bay west of the Pensacola Bay Bridge.

    FL – PENSACOLA BAY – Marine Event
    The Pensacola Triathlon will be held April 30, 2017, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The event will held in the Pensacola Bay near the Palafox Pier Marina. All mariners are requested to transit the area with extreme caution, as there will be 600 swimmers in the water. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11382 LNM 14/17

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

  • LNM: Sailboat Regatta, St. Andrews Bay, April 28-30, St. Andrews, FL


    Caution in the vicinity of these slower moving gathered vessels is required. Reduce your wake!

    FL – ST. ANDREW BAY – Regatta Read More!

    St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club is holding a Regatta in St. Andrew Bay from April 28-30, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., each day. The regatta will consist of approximately 50 sailboats. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For further information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976.
    Charts: 11389 11392 11393 LNM 14/17
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  • LNM: PWC Races, east of Pensacola Beach, FL, May 5-7, 2017


    Not always easily spotted, avoidance of these vulnerable watercraft is essential for larger vessels.

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – Personal Watercraft Races READ MORE!

    Personal Watercraft Races Pro Watercross will be conducting the Pro Watercross Tour Pensacola Beach in Pensacola Beach, Florida, on May 5-7, 2017, from 6:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., each day. The event will take place in the Gulf of Mexico east of the Pensacola Beach Pier, Pensacola Beach, Florida. Mariners are urged to remain a minimum of 100 yards from the marked race course, due to hazards associated with personal watercrafts. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard, at (251) 441-5976.
    Chart 1115A, 11360 LNM 14/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Pensacola Beach Pier

  • LNM: Target Practice Extended, Moored Target Area Southwest of Panama City

    Naval exercises continue in the area of Panama City/St Andrews Bay and associated offshore waters.

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PANAMA CITY BEACH – Naval Operations – UPDATE Read More

    Continuing until approximately April 28, 2017, the U.S. Navy will conduct test operations in an area approximately 12 nautical miles southwest from the mouth of Panama City Pass, Florida. The Navy will be placing moored targets at various depths from the surface that will pose a hazard to navigation. The center point of this target field is in approximate position 30-07-50.70N 085-57-56.82W. The targets will be placed in the water column at various depths from the surface to the bottom. The hazard area will be marked with 8 lighted hazard buoys. The M/V TYSON B will be
    on-station during the entire time to further ensure and warn vessels of the hazards to navigation. Mariners transiting the area should contact the support vessel via VHF-FM Channel 16, heed all instructions and remain a minimum of 3 nautical miles from vessels on station.
    Charts: 1115A 11360 11380 LNM 14/17
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  • LNM: Offshore Testing, Southwest of Panama City, FL, Northern Gulf

    These long term tests will occur 39 miles southwest of Panama City until the end of this year. Obviously, offshore cruisers will need to steer clear!

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – U.S. Navy Testing READ MORE!


    Commencing February 28, 2017 and continuing until approximately December 31, 2017, the U.S. Navy will be conducting inert underwater mine and Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) destructor testing in the Gulf of Mexico, in an area approximately 39 nautical miles southwest of the Panama City Pass. The inert mine destructors are silver and orange, 3 feet long, 6 inches in diameter and weighs approximately 2 pounds in water, while weighing 35 pounds in air. Inert mine bottom shapes and inert miner destructors will be deployed, operated and tested in the below
    test areas during this period. AMNS testing will consist of surface ship operations to include the following: R/V SEWEE or R/V PATRIOT and Project Support Crafts (PSC) 02, 03, 05 or PSC 11; however, additional R/Vs may be added in the future. It is requested that all vessels maintain a one nautical mile CPA of all vessels while operations are in progress. All U.S. Navy / U.S. Navy contracted AMNS support vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact Mr. Robertson at (850) 230-7698. The corners of the test areas are as follows:
    Test Area A:
    29-56-25.20N 085-54-36.00W,
    29-58-55.20N 085-54-36.00W,
    29-58-55.20N 085-51-42.60W and
    29-56-25.20N 085-51-42.60W.
    Test Area B:
    29-45-25.20N 086-21-49.80W,
    29-47-01.20N 086-21-49.80W,
    29-47-01.20N 086-19-52.80W and
    29-45-25.20N 086-19-52.80W.
  • 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

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