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    • VA to NC 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 Virginia to 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 LNM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

    • Healy Report: Dismal Swamp Canal to Belhaven, NC

      Belhaven

      Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Thank you Jim and Peg! Belhaven, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, sits on the northern shore of Pantego Creek which meets the western shoulder of the Waterway at Mile 135 south of the Alligator River – Pungo River Canal.

      Today is Thursday 19/18, 05h15 hrs…

      Sanctuary and crew transited the Dismal Swamp Canal from Chesapeake, VA to Elizabeth City, NC on Tuesday, 10/16. There is about a mile of duckweed in the canal south of the Deep Creek lock. South of the South Mills lock, there are several miles of duckweed across the canal. Our engine cooling water intake is about 30″ below the waterline, and we had no issues with the sea strainer.. AT THE FEEDER DITCH AND AGAIN IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF THE SOUTH MILLS LOCK, THERE ARE POSTS PAINTED RED AND GREEN THAT MARK A NARROWED CHANNEL. HONOR THOSE POSTS. The canal carried at least 7′ of water, and we had zero bangs and bumps. We traveled with four other boats, and they made me the lead dog. The trick to avoid bangs and bump is to SPREAD OUT. Follow the boat in front of you by 1/2 to 3/2 mile, so if prop wash does bring something off the bottom, it has tome to settle back down before you get to it.

      We traveled from Elizabeth City to Belhaven on Wednesday, 10/17. BE ADVISED that in the Alligator-Pungo Canal at approximately MM116-117, there is a LARGE DEADHEAD in almost the visual center of the canal. It is easy to spot, as it sticks up at least a foot above the water line. It appears to be the remains of a piling.

      We’re staying on the Belhaven City Docks. They take reservations, but many treat this as first come first served. It is full tonight, but we did get our reserved space.
      There is ample 30A power available all along the dock, and self-serve pumpout. This is an excellent option at $1.00/ft and $5.00 for electric.

      Goal for today is Morehead City.

      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

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    • LNM: Port Condition X-Ray Set for Virginia Coast

      Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee for North Carolina ports, X-ray for Port of Virginia


      PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Captain of the Port for North Carolina set Port Condition Yankee for the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. The COTP for Hampton Roads set Port Condition X-ray at 4 p.m., for the Port of Virginia.

      In Port Condition Yankee, the tropical storm force winds are anticipated within 24 hours and the affected ports are closed to inbound vessel traffic greater than 500 gross tons. All vessels greater than 500 gross tons without permission to remain in port, should have departed or should be prepared to depart prior to the setting of port condition Zulu.

      Port Condition X-ray means the tropical storm force winds are anticipated within 48 hours. These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-ray remains in effect.

      All ocean-going commercial vessels and ocean-going barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing ports in the Hampton Roads COTP zone. Vessels desiring to remain in port must immediately contact the COTP to receive permission and are required to submit a safe mooring plan in writing.

      Owners of pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress.

      Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.

      The Coast Guard is warning the public of these important safety messages:

      Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed. Boaters should heed weather watches, warnings, and small craft advisories.
      Be prepared. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, life jackets, and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress..
      Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio, and the Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.

      HURRICANE SEASON PORT CONDITIONS AND CATEGORIES Port Conditions are set by the COTP and are used to alert the maritime community to changes in port operations needed to prepare for the hurricane’s arrival. Approximate Time Port Condition Jun 1 – Nov 30 Seasonal Alert 72 Hrs Whiskey 48 Hrs X-Ray 24 Hrs Yankee 12 Hrs Zulu After Landfall Recovery

      PORT CONDITION WHISKEY: Gale force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) are predicted to arrive within 72 hours. Ports Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION X-RAY: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 48 hours. Port Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION YANKEE: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 24 hours. Ports status: Closed to inbound traffic and vessel traffic control measures in effect on vessel movements within the port.

      PORT CONDITION ZULU: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 12 hours. Ports Status: Closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.

      PORT CONDITION RECOVERY: The storm is no longer a threat to the area, however, some damage may have occurred and response and recovery operations are in progress. Ports status: Reopened to outbound traffic at the completion of the port survey. Vessel traffic control measures remain in effect on vessel movements within the port.
      -USCG-

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    • LNM: ICW Daybeacon 6 Missing South Facing Dayboard, AICW Statute Mile 4


      Northbound, this ICW daybeacon is on your port side at a turn to the northeast south of the Norfolk and Western RR Bridge at Mile 3.6. As a reminder, see https://cruisersnet.net/174617


      B. VA – ELIZABETH RIVER SOUTHERN BRANCH (CHART 12253).

      2. ELIZABETH RIVER SOUTHERN BRANCH DAYBEACON 6 (LLNR 36820), MISSING SOUTH FACING DAYBOARD.

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    • Good News: Dismal Swamp Canal Has Re-Opened, 9/17/2018


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

      The Canal has reopened, but you should read the Advisory below carefully for notes on depth and width of the channel. Obviously, a sharp watch for debris is required. The Welcome Center Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, an NC DOT Rest Area facility and A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC.

      9/18
      Verified with the Lock master at Deep Creek this morning (18 Sept) that the Dismal Swamp Canal route is OPEN.
      The Centerville & North Landing Bridges remain closed due to high water. See https://cruisersnet.net/174573.
      V/R,
      Matt the Bridge Tender

      9/17 We have received word the Dismal Swamp Canal has reopened for navigational traffic. Please note the attached advisory. Our thoughts go out to our Coastal Partners who did not fare as well as our local area during Hurricane Florence.
      Donna Stewart, Director
      Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
      2356 US Hwy 17N
      South Mills, NC 27976
      Phone – 252-771-8333
      www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

      Restricted Opening DSC-Sept 2018-signed

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

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

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    • LNM: Mariners and Swimmers Warned of Dangerous Currents

      Mariners, swimmers warned of dangerous weather and rip currents from Tropical Storm Chris

      PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard would like to warn mariners and beachgoers of hazardous weather and sea states that could take place as Tropical Storm Chris makes its way up the east coast.

      Wind, waves and visibility can quickly become problematic for boaters, while the increased sea states leading up to and after a tropical storm can create powerful rip currents.

      Swimmers are urged to only swim at beaches with active duty lifeguards and to follow local advisories at their beach for beach closures and rip currents.

      Recreational and commercial mariners are advised to put safety first and operate within their vessel’s parameters and not to go out in heavy weather.

      “Rip currents are serious risk in the mid-Atlantic. If you head to the beach, pay attention to the local beach advisories and check the weather forecast before you go,” said Mr. Matt Brooks, command duty officer at the 5th District command center. “There have been numerous deaths this year due to rip currents. Swim at a beach with a lifeguard and do not swim after hours.”

      Rip currents are a significant threat along the mid-Atlantic coast, primarily along the southern Outer Banks in North Carolina, in Maryland waterways and off the New Jersey shore.

      The most important safety precaution people should take regarding rip currents is to swim only at beaches where lifeguards are on duty. Lifeguards are highly trained and are the first line of defense when beachgoers are swept away by rip currents. Don’t take the risk of swimming at an unguarded beach.

      The presence of rip currents along our coasts is another reason people should wear life jackets at all times. People who fall overboard boats or overturn paddlecraft could potentially be affected by rip currents, and wearing a life jacket could help save their lives.

      For more information on rip currents, visit: http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/

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    • LNM: Diving Operation, northern Harbor Reach Channel, 6/19-6/22, Norfolk, VA


      This diving operation is on the western edge of the Waterway channel (Harbor Reach Channel) through Hampton Roads, off Sewells Point.


      SEC HR BNM 342-18
      VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER

      MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL BE PERFORMING DIVE AND CRANE OPERATIONS IN THE VICINITY OF ELIZABETH RIVER CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 8 (LLNR 9500) OF THE NORFOLK HARBOR REACH CHANNEL AND ADJACENT ANCHORAGE BEGINNING JUNE 19, 2018 THROUGH JUNE 22, 2018, DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. THE MOTOR VESSEL EWELL WILL BE ANCHORED ON SCENE AND UNABLE TO RELOCATE. IT IS REQUESTED MARINERS CONTACT THEM ON VHF CHANNELS 13 AND 16 TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. THE PROJECT SUPERVISOR, SCOTT TITUS CAN BE REACHED DIRECTLY AT (757) 201 -7665 OR (757) 790-3338. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION AND REMAIN CLEAR OF THIS OPERATION WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA.

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    • LNM: Free Coast Guard Band Concert, June 6, 7PM, Portsmouth, VA

      united states coast guard 

      News Release 

      U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
      Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
      Office: (757) 398-6272
      After Hours: (757) 434-7712
      5th District online newsroom

      Coast Guard Band to perform free concert in Portsmouth, VA

      Coast Guard Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget, of Buffalo, New York, a soprano, is a featured soloist with the United States Coast Guard band, at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, May 30, 2018. The band, a 55-member ensemble, performed works by Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner and others, as it kicked off a 12-day tour in the Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic region aimed at fostering goodwill and strengthening relations between the Coast Guard and the American public. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando 

      Coast Guard Senior Chief Musician Mark McCormick, from St. Louis, Missouri, plays string bass with the United States Coast Guard band, at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, May 30, 2018. The band, a 55-member ensemble, performed works by Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner and others, as it kicked off a 12-day tour in the Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic region aimed at fostering goodwill and strengthening relations between the Coast Guard and the American public. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando

      Editors’ Note: Click on images to download high resolution version.

      PORTSMOUTH — The Coast Guard Band is scheduled to perform a free public concert Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., at Willet Hall in Portsmouth, Virginia as part of the band’s 2018 mid-Atlantic concert tour.

       

      Lt. Cmdr. Adam Williamson leads an engaging program with works by Bernstein, Wagner, Sousa and others. Dazzling soloists include soprano Petty Officer 1st Class Megan Weikleenget, as well as instrumentalists from the band.

       

      To reserve your free concert tickets, visit https://uscgbandtour2018.ticketleap.com/portsmouth-va.

       

      The Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble is based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

       

      For more information on the Coast Guard Band, visit www.uscg.mil/band, “like” us on Facebook, or call the concert information line at (860) 701-6826.

       

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported and Temporary Buoys Added to Salt Ponds Entrance Channel, north of Norfolk Harbor, VA


      Salt Ponds is bit out of SSECN’s range, but it is a popular western shore storm shelter for northbound cruisers when the waters just north of Norfolk Harbor kick up. The entrance channel is perpendicular to the beach shore and can be intimidating even without the threat of shoaling.

      VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – SALT PONDS – HAMPTON – SHOALING
      Shoaling has been reported in the channel into Salt Ponds, Hampton VA, just inside the stone jetty. Depths to 4 feet at low tide have been reported. This shoaling maybe in addition to the shoaling reported on Salt Ponds Marina Resort web site. http://saltpondsmarinaresort.com/contact–directions.html

      And this good news LNM in Week 26:

      CAPE CHARLES TO NORFOLK HARBOR – SALT PONDS – TEMPORARY BUOYS (PRIVATE)
      On or about June 27, 2017, the City of Hampton, Virginia will establish four temporary buoys to mark best water to address shoaling in the entrance to Salt Ponds. These buoys will be removed later this summer after the City dredges the waterway.
      Salt Ponds Buoy 5TA 37-03-45.77N, 076-16-51.00W (37°3.7628N / 076°16.8500W, 37.062714 / -76.280833)
      Salt Ponds Buoy 5TB 37-03-46.33N, 076-16-52.37W (37°3.7721N / 076°16.8728W, 37.062869 / -76.281214)
      Salt Ponds Buoy 6TA 37-03-45.10N, 076-16-48.58W (37°3.7517N / 076°16.8097W, 37.062528 / -76.280161)
      Salt Ponds Buoy 6TB 37-03-46.26N, 076-16-50.58W (37°3.7710N / 076°16.8430W, 37.062850 / -76.280717)
      Chart 12222 LNM 26/17

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

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    • Gilmerton Bridge is Fully Operational, AICW Statute Mile 5.8


      This is definitely good news for Waterway cruisers, especially our tall-masted brethren. As always, a big thank to Matt the Bridge Tender for this and many other notifications. See /159631.

      Gilmerton Bridge is fully operational as of this evening, Sunday Sept 18th and has resumed its normal opening schedule per the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) immediately, which I’ve included below. I appreciate everyone’s patience in dealing with our modified opening schedule.
      Sincerely,
      Matt the Bridge Tender ‘“ Gilmerton Bridge

      GILMERTON BRIDGE OPENING SCHEDULE
      c) The draw of the Gilmerton (US13/460) bridge, mile 5.8, in Chesapeake:
      (1) Shall open on signal at any time for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials.
      (2) From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays:
      (i) Need not open for the passage of recreational or commercial vessels that do not qualify under paragraph (c)(2)(ii) of this section.
      (ii) Need not open for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, unless 2 hours advance notice has been given to the Gilmerton Bridge at (757)-485-5488.
      (3) Shall open on signal at all other times.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Bridge Directory Listing For Gilmerton Hwy Bridge

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    • Possible Missing Waterway Markers Due to Heavy Ice Damage

      Spring Migrants: Hopefully icy waters will have receded before you begin your northern voyage home for the summer, but be prepared for missing, damaged or off-station markers in the Waterway from North Carolina onward.

      HAZARD TO NAVIGATION – HEAVY ICE CONDITIONS WITHIN THE FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT WATERWAYS
      Due to the recent heavy ice conditions within the Fifth Coast Guard District Waterways from New Jersey to northern North Carolina numerous aids to navigation have been damaged, dragged off-station, destroyed, or missing. Some aids may be sunk or hidden beneath ice flows and may pose an extreme hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the waterways.

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    • Demolition and Repair, Fort Norfolk, Elizabeth River above Statute Mile 0


      Fort Norfolk is on the eastern shore of the Elizabeth River approximately 1 nautical mile north of Mile Zero. Fort Norfolk is a historic fort and national historic district located at Norfolk, Virginia. It encompasses 13 contributing buildings.

      VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – DEMOLITION AND REPAIR OPERATIONS
      Mariners are advised that Crofton diving corporation will be conducting demolition and repair operations on the Fort Norfolk bulkhead, located adjacent to the Corp of Engineers building, on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, VA. Operations will occur November 17, 2014 through April 29, 2015, between 7 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. Mariners should stay clear of the fort Norfolk bulkhead and on-scene equipment. Crofton diving corporation will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.

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

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    • New Phone Numbers for Gilmerton Bridge and Centerville Turnpike Bridge, AICW Statute Miles 5.8 and 15.2

      Gilmerton Bridge - Click for Chartview

      Centerville Turnpike Bridge - Click for Chartview

      The Gilmerton Highway Lift Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8. The Centerville Turnpike Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 4ft, crosses the Waterway at statute mile 15.2, three nautical miles south of Great Bridge Lock.

      VA ‘“ ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) ‘“ ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBERMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
      Mariners are advised that telephone numbers have changed at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, and the Centerville Turnpike/SR170 (swing) Bridge, at AICW mile 15.2, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, both in Chesapeake VA, respectively. The new telephone numbers are as follows: for the Gilmerton Bridge – (757) 485-5488; and for the Centerville Bridge – (757) 547-3631. Technical amendments will be submitted for revision to Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.997(c) and (i), respectively. Chart 12253

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Bridge Directory Listing For Gilmerton Hwy Bridge

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

      Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Centerville Turnpike Bridge

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    • Dredging to Begin in Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route, south of Norfolk, AICW Statute Mile 10


      Deep Creek - Click for Chartview

      This dredging project will take place in the Dismal Swamp/AICW Alternate Route on the north side of Deep Creek Lock. Deep Creek departs westward from the Waterway immediately south of the high-rise bridge at I-64. Barge traffic in the narrow portions of Deep Creek should be your only concern.

      VA ‘“ ELIZABETH RIVER ‘“ SOUTHERN BRANCH – NORFOLK TO ALBEMARLE SOUND (AICW)/DEEP CREEK ‘“ DREDGING
      Norfolk Dredging will be conducting dredging operations in Deep Creek Yard (1 nm south of the I-64 bridge) from 17 April until 05 May, 2013. Dredge material will be transported by barge to the Norfolk Dredging facility at Great Bridge. The dredge 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: 12206.

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    • Dredging in Norfolk Harbor and Mile Zero, AICW, Norfolk, VA

      This dredging will be in the area from Lambert’s Point (Flashing Green marker #25 through Mile 0 to the Jordan Bridge.

      SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
      VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – NORFOLK HARBOR REACH MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE DREDGE PULLEN WILL BE CONDUCTING DREDGE OPERATIONS ON THE ELIZABETH RIVER AND NORFOLK HARBOR CHANNEL FROM LAMBERTS POINT TO THE OLD JORDAN BRIDGE. OPERATIONS WILL OCCUR 24 HOURS A DAY FROM APRIL 15, 2011 THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2011. MARINERS SHOULD STAY CLEAR OF THE DREDGE AND ON-SCENE EQUIPMENT. THE DREDGE WILL MONITOR VHF-FM CHANNELS 13 AND 16. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION AND BARE STEERAGE WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA.
      Gregory Waverly, Director of Bridge Operations

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    • I-64 Bridge South of Norfolk Restricted Opening, AICW Statute Mile 7.1

      This very high bascule bridge has a closed vertical clearance of 65ft and, except for the presence of the construction barges, should not present a problem to most cruisers.

      SAFETY BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS//A//HRD BNM 109-11
      VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AIWW) – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH
      UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE I-64/HIGH RISE BRIDGE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN BRANCH OF THE ELIZABETH RIVER, AIWW MILE 7.1, AT CHESAPEAKE, VA, IS UNABLE TO OPEN TO VESSEL TRAFFIC DUE TO ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. THE AVAILABLE VERTICAL CLEARANCE IN THE CLOSED POSITION TO VESSELS IS APPROX 65 FEET ABOVE MEAN HIGH WATER. MARINERS SHOULD ADJUST THEIR TRANSITS ACCORDINGLY. Chart 12253
      Gregory Waverly, Bridge Administrator

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    • Jordan Highway Bridge Removal Continues, AICW Statute Mile 2.8

      This former lift bridge just south of Norfolk will be remembered fondly (??) by southbound cruisers as one of the series of bridges necessary to transit at the beginning of the ICW.

      LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: WEEK 07/11
      Removal activity continues at the site of the former Carl B. Jordan Bridge and fender system, at AIWW mile 2.8, along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, in Chesapeake, VA. To facilitate removal, the horizontal clearance between Elizabeth River Southern Branch Lighted Buoy 2A (LLNR 9957/36807) and Elizabeth River Southern Branch Lighted Buoy 3A (LLNR 9963/36813) has been increased to approximately 210 feet for the Federal Navigation Project area at the former bridge location. Mariners should use exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 12253.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Va to NC Bridge Directory Listing For Jordan Highway Bridge

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    • Dredging of the Salt Ponds in the Lower Chesapeake

      Salt Ponds lies on the western shore of the lower Chesapeake and is the southern-most protected water on the western shore outside Hampton Roads. The entrance is a narrow, perpendicular-to-the shore channel and appears quite daunting on first approach, but once inside the waters are very protected from all directions.

      Dredging started today January 16, 2011 on the channel for The Salt Ponds and Long Creek in Hampton, VA. The channel is now passable at all tides for vessels with 5’6’³ draft or less. Yet when the dredging is completed by mid February the controlling depth will be 8′ at MLW.
      Nonnie Minga
      LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS:
      The dredge JENNI LEA will be conducting dredging operations in Salt Ponds Channel from 12 January until 12 February, 2011. The dredge and assisting vessels DANNY JOE and MISS LEANNE will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 16 and 78. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse the channel and deposit dredge material on the south side of the inlet. 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 by all transiting vessels. Chart : 12222.
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