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South 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 South 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.

Bridge Construction to Begin, AICW Statute Mile 372, Socastee, SC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-19-2014

SC31 Bridge - Click for Chartview

SC31 Bridge Site – Click for Chartview

This new high-rise bridge will be part of an extension of SC31, Carolina Bays Parkway, which is already under construction. Bridge construction is expected to begin in April of 2014 and will cross the Waterway just south of the two new high-rise bridges at Socastee.
Construction equipment and barges COULD be an impediment to northward bound, spring 2014 AICW traffic. PLEASE let us know if your travels through this section of the Waterway are in any way impeded this spring (or thereafter)!

SOUTH CAROLINA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – MYRTLE BEACH – SC 31 (CAROLINA BAYS PARKWAY) BRIDGE: Bridge Construction.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has hired Flatiron Constructors Inc. who has started building the SC 31, Carolina Bays Parkway, Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina. This project is anticipated to be completed by May 17, 2017 and will involve some waterway restrictions/closures. These restrictions/closures are anticipated between April and October 2014 and will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution transiting through this area as various floating equipment will be in the vicinity throughout the project.
Chart: 11534 LNM:07/14

sc31a

For more information on this construction, go to this article from Myrtle Beach Online:
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/03/06/4075846/extension-of-sc-31-will-close.html

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of SC31 Bridge Site

Shem Creek Dredging near AICW Intersection, Lower Charleston (SC) Harbor, Statute Mile 463

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-11-2014

AICW/Shem Creek Intersection - Click for Chartview

Shem Creek, a popular DINING destination for cruisers, is found on the lower, north side of Charleston Harbor. The LONG entrance channel intersects the Waterway at marker #130.
FINALLY, the channel into Shem Creek from Charleston Harbor is being dredged. When complete, cruisers should once again discover good depths all the way into the southern mouth of Shem Creek, and it’s then just a hop, skip and a jump to the several restaurants on this stream which feature dockage for their patrons (particularly “RB’s”).
The initial dredging already underway is found north of #130 between markers #1 and #2, and will progress northward into Shem Creek. Waterway navigation should not be affected by the dredging operations.

SOUTH CAROLINA-CHARLESTON HARBOR-LOWER CHARLESTON HARBOR-SHEM CREEK: Dredge Operations
Cottrell contracting Corp will commence dredge operations approximately January 1, 2014 in the Lower Charleston Harbor in Shem Creek beginning 1300 feet south of Mount Pleasant Channel DBN 1 (LLNR 3510) and DBN 2 (LLNR 3515) and progressing northward to the Coleman Boulevard Bridge. Associated dredge pipeline operations will be present west of Charleston Harbor Channel LB 23 (LLNR 2465) and LB 24 (LLNR 2470) on the Mount Pleasant Range, Rebellion reach and South Channel of the Lower Charleston Harbor. The Dredge RICHMOND will be on scene and monitoring VHF channels 13 & 16. Submerged and floating pipeline will be used during the dredge operations. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, barge, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. The dredge and pontoon lines are held in place by cables attached to anchors some distance from the dredge and pontoons. Buoys may move as the dredge moves. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crab pots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tender boats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredge Operations will be conducted 24/7 until approximately April 1, 2014. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed a slow NO WAKE speed is requested, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the dredge. Project POC: Shannon Wolf (757) 547-9611.
Chart 11524 LNM: 01/14

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of AICW/ Shem Creek Intersection

Upper Waccamaw Navigation Aids to be Removed, off the AICW to Conway, SC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-24-2013

AICW/Upper Waccamaw Intersection - Click for Chartview

Several of our fellow cruisers have reported on the pleasant upstream trip on the Upper Waccamaw to Conway, SC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126674 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128632. The “uncharted” Upper Waacamaw departs the Waterway at statute mile 375 and, until now, has been well marked off-chart by aids #5-#16. While depths in the Upper Waccamaw are reported to be good, the removal of these daybeacons and buoys will certainly make this side trip more difficult. Our Congress at work!

SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – WACCAMAW RIVER
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the Waccamaw River.
All Waccamaw River Daybeacons and Buoys from Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 33780) to Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 33810) will be permanently discontinued. There are seven aids to navigation that will be removed. This action is scheduled to start the week of the 17th of February 2014. Chart 11534 LNM: 51/13

Instead of removing Aids to Navigation, we ought to remove “Aides to Congress”
John Winter

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Upper Waccamaw/AICW Intersection

Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Conway City Marina

Report and Local Notice to Mariners re McClellanville Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Miles 430-435

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-30-2013

McClellanville Problem Stretch - Click for Chartview

We have been receiving AICW shallow water reports for time out of mind, centered on the Waterway channel south and west of McClellanville, South Carolina, to Awendaw Creek. And, in early 2011, we designated the area as an “ICW Problem Stretch.” As before, we recommend passage at mid or high tide and Capt. Powers confirms that recommendation with his observations. For the most recent survey of this area, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=123112

Transited McClellanville mm 430-435 area today- 2- 2.5 hrs after low water. No temp markers. Lowest water observed 8.0 ft
Mike Powers S/V Second Flight

SOUTH CAROLINA-AICW-WINYAH BAY CHARLESTON HARBOR: Severe Shoaling.
The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW South of McClellanville, South Carolina. This area of severe shoaling is most significant between and near Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 35A (LLNR 34237) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 37(LLNR 34240). Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11518 LNM 44/13

Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Waterway south of McClellanville to Awendaw Creek

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

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

ACOE Confirms Shoaling on “AICW Problem Stretch” North of Charleston Harbor, Statute Mile 460

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-28-2013

Cruisers’ Net has posted reports of shoaling in this Problem Stretch (which the ACOE terms as “behind Breach Inlet”) for months now. (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120335). The US Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston, SC has made dredging these stretches their #1 priority. Now, we just have to find some money/”supplemental appropriate” to get the job done!

SOUTH CAROLINA-AICW-WINYAH BAY – CHARLESTON HARBOR-ISLE OF PALMS-SULLIVANS ISLAND: Severe Shoaling
The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina has reported the location of severe shoaling in the AICW between Charleston Harbor and Winyah Bay near Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island in South Carolina. An area of severe shoaling exists between Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 117A(LLNR 34510.5) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 119(LLNR 34520). Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
Chart 11518

My neighbor in a Sportfish (5′ Draft) found the bottom at low tide last week near [the AICW channel running past] Isle of Palms.
Be safe and take care-
Bob

Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW North of Ben Sawyer Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge

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

Dredging NOT in the Forecast for Ashepoo/Coosaw Cutoff AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 517

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-14-2013

This extract, cherry picked from a recent Local Notice to Mariners, refers to the AICW Problem Stretch known as the Ashepoo – Coosaw. This man-made canal connects the AICW between Rock Creek and the Coosaw River.
Some two weeks ago, the SSECN posted an IMPORTANT “Navigation Alert” about severe shoaling at the northeastern end of the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff, near marker #177 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119918). A little later, we also published reports by fellow cruisers that soundings had also deteriorated at the southwestern tip of the Cutoff (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120036).
Partnered with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association and the South Carolina Marine Association, we subsequently asked for the help of the cruising community in securing a “special appropriation” to have these waters dredged (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120893).
The official notice below confirms that dredging cannot take place here due to budgetary restrictions. Until and if the money is found to deepen this AICW Problem Stretch, either wait for high to mid-tide or see Tony Constant’s recommended alternate route: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120938

South Carolina-AICW-Winyah Bay – Charleston Harbor-Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff: Severe Shoaling

The ACOE of Charleston, South Carolina had just finished an official survey of the AICW from Charleston, SC to Beaufort. Two patches of severe shoaling exist; the first appearing at the northeastern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff near Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O LT 177 (LLNR 35195). The other area is at the southwestern tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O between Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 180 (LLNR 35195.3) and Ashepoo-Coosaw C/O DBN 185 (LLNR 35205.2). Further information can be found on the ACO Charleston website at http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.

Claiborne,
We just got the alert and request to contact our legislators with regard to the AICW shoaling problems in South Carolina. We live right on the AICW in Hilton Head, and frequently see the long dredge strings being towed back and forth between Florida and North Carolina. We’ll get their attention when shoaling is so bad that they can’t move their dredges to all those other places where they do dredge!
K. C. Moore, Jr.

And, messages like the one below are the result of not keeping up with AICW maintenance dredging:

We have decided to cancel our trip South this year for this very reason. Probably would have been our last since we are turning 70 this year. How sad to watch this wonderful waterway be ignored, when it means so much to so many.
It truly saddens me to see all that’s going on … or not going on … in our wonderful country.
Please keep up your good work of keeping people informed and, hopefully, safe !
Best Always,
John

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position on the Northeastern Tip of the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, Near Marker #177

Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff

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

Offshore Towers a Hazard, South Carolina to Cape Canaveral

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-06-2013

This is a Local Notice to Mariners for our cruising brethren who choose to avoid shallow parts of the Ditch by going offshore. These unlighted towers are roughly 40 nautical miles off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, from St. Catherines Sound to Cumberland Island.

SEACOAST-SOUTH CAROLINA-GEORGIA-CHARLESTON LIGHT TO CAPE CANAVERAL: Hazard to Navigation.
There are eight (8) offshore U.S. Navy Aircraft Towers charted as lighted. The towers are not lighted, they are no longer used, not maintained and in very poor condition. The towers pose a hazard to navigation and are slated for removal in the future.
The Positions of the (8) Towers:
31 03 00.0N, 80 26 59.4W
31 22 29.9N, 80 33 59.5W
31 13 00.1N, 80 06 59.7W
30 47 59.8N, 80 18 59.9W
30 56 30.4N, 80 44 59.7W
31 32 00.1N, 80 14 00.0W
31 49 00.4N, 80 16 29.5W
31 37 59.8N, 79 55 30.0W

Chart 11480

Dredging in Cooper River, Charleston, SC, north of AICW Statute Mile 468

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-21-2011

This dredging operation is centered well north of the Waterway as it passes through Charleston Harbor, but it might affect cruisers wanting to navigate upriver to explore the Cooper River. Marker #48 lies north of the Ravenel Bridge.

LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 38/11
Southern Dredging Co. Inc., will be working in Daniel Island Reach of the Cooper River in the vicinity of channel marker 48 and Shipyard River commencing on or about September 26, 2011 and ending approximately October 6, 2011. The dredge CHEROKEE will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16 for on-scene coordination. The pipeline will be not block the channel. For further information please contact the project manager Mr. Neil Rodgers 843-729-1269 or Mr. Michael Kitchell 843-830-1015. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Office at (843) 740-3188 or the 24 Hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. Chart 11524

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cooper River Marker #48

Shoaling at AICW Marker 117A, Isle of Palms, Statute Mile 460

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-30-2011

We have had numerous reports about shoaling in the Waterway stretch from the Ben Sawyer Bridge to McClellanville, SC. These reports are now a LNM and we continue to recommend a mid-to-high tide passage.

LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 13/11
Severe shoaling has been reported in vicinity of Sullivans Island, south of Winyah Bay-Charleston Hbr DBN 117A (LLNR 34510.5, reported depth at 3.5 FT in channel. All mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11518

Passed from Charleston, SC to Georgetown today (4/13/11 0900-1400hrs) at low tide. Skinny water most of the way. Followed a boat that took 3.5 draft and they got through. We take 3.0 and regulary saw 3.4 on finder. Once passed McClellanville, 9.7 feet or better. Lady Soul II.
Capt M Rhett

This remains an issue with numerous 7′MLW soundings south of G117A, usually when crossing side creeks. While 7′ MLW is adequate for most cruisers, the channel is very narrow there and appears to shoal rapidly off centerline. Due to our draft, I time this with some tide and take it slow, sticking to the “magic-enta” line.
Pascal aboard MY Charmer, 70′ 6+ draft

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Daybeacon #117A

Shoaling Reported North of Charleston, AICW Statute Mile 457

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-25-2011

This shoaling is just north of the Isle of Palms Connector Bridge. Earlier reports had advised staying in the center of the channel, except as advised at marker #117A.

LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 12/11
Severe shoaling reported in the vicinity of Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor DBN 117A
(LLNR 34510.5), reported depth at 3.5 ft in the channel. Chart 11518

Check your charts… make adjustments and be watchful
Jim Lowry

We just went through there this morning (at high tide) [3/25/11] without any problems. Didn’t see less than 10ft
Harriet Levine Hardy

Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Daybeacon #117A