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. READ MORE!
This Local Notice is posted lest you be startled by machine gun fire as you transit Norfolk Harbor Reach just south of the entrance into Hampton Roads.
VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – MILITARY TRAINING
Naval Station Norfolk will conducting waterborne training 27 – 31 March 2017 in the vicinity of piers 5 thru 7 at Naval Station Norfolk in the Elizabeth River in approximate position 36 56′ 30″ N, 76 20′ 05″W and in Willoughby Bay in approximate position 36 57’N, 76 20’W. This training will be machine gun blank fire, force protection training for Harbor Patrol Units; all vessels are asked to stay clear of the training area. Vessels will
be monitoring VHF-FM channels 69 and 82. For questions contact Senior Chief Kevin Kubacki, Naval Station HPU at 757-445-5427. Chart 12245 LNM 11/17
COAST PILOT 3 – NEW EDITION
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – U.S. Coast Pilot 3, Atlantic Coast: Sandy Hook, NJ to Cape Henry, VA, 50th Edition, 2017, has been issued and is ready for free download and weekly updates at:
The 2017 Edition cancels the preceding 2016 Edition, and incorporates all previous corrections.
This maintenance of the I-64 High Rise Bascule Bridge will delay few, if any, Waterway cruisers, but mariners should still observe caution in the vicinity. With a CLOSED vertical clearance of 65ft, the lift bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 7.1.
I-64 High Rise Bridge Maintenance Sector Hampton Roads Marine Safety Information Bulletin Read More
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 http://cruisersnet.net/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.
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.
This new light is northeast of the main channel approximately a mile north of Mile Zero.
VA – NORFOLK HARBOR AND ELIZABETH RIVER – NORFOLK INNER HARBOR – New Light
On or about March 4, 2016, SKW will be establishing a light marking the channel ward pile of a series of piles which were installed to protect the permanent bulkhead at the east entrance of the Midtown Tunnel. Midtown Tunnel East Light B 36 51 31.44N, 76 18 37.43W, Fl W 4s. Chart 12254 LNM 9/16
Lamberts Point is on the eastern shore of the main shipping channel into Norfolk Harbor above Mile Zero.
VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – LAMBERTS POINT
On or about June 16, 2015 Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) will establish a warning daybeacon to mark their newly established reef. Elizabeth River: Lamberts Point Warning Daybeacon 36 53 08.7N—76 19 12.8W NW on pile.
Chart 12245 LNM: 23/15
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.
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.
Due to major construction, the Gilmerton Highway Bridge has been under opening restrictions for over three years. After many, many Local Notices and updates, the bridge has now returned to a normal operating schedule (see below). The Gilmerton Highway Lift Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8.
VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBEMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
Mariners are advised that the operating regulations set out at Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(c) have been reinstated at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA. Since 2010, the drawbridge had been operating on a temporary schedule to facilitate construction of the new vertical-lift span. New signs summarizing the requirements have been posted both upstream and downstream of the drawbridge. A copy of Public Notice 5-1323, which describes the operating regulations in detail can be obtained by writing to the above address, by calling (757) 398-6222 or by viewing the web link http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pagename=pnBridges at Public Notices for Bridges. Chart 12253 LNM 12/27/2013
REINSTATED OPERATING REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE 21 DECEMBER 2013
RUSH HOUR RESTRICTIONS MON TO FRI, EXCEPTFEDERAL HOLIDAYS
From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Need not open. Commercial vessels must provide a two-hour advance notice for an on-demand opening.*
MON TO FRI, EXCEPT FEDERAL HOLIDAYS
From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Opens on demand for all vessels. Commercial vessels must provide a two-hour advance
notice for an on-demand opening.*
SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND FEDERAL HOLIDAYS
Opens on demand for all vessels.
BRIDGE WILL OPEN ON DEMAND ANYTIME FOR VESSELS CARRYING HAZARDOUS LIQUEFIED FLAMMABLE GAS OR OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; AND OPEN ON DEMAND AT ALL OTHER TIMES.
1 IF ANY VESSEL IS APPROACHING THE BRIDGE AND CANNOT REACH THE DRAW EXACTLY ON THE HALF HOUR, THE DRAW TENDER MAY DELAY THE OPENING UP TO 10 MINUTES PAST THE HALF HOUR FOR PASSAGE OF THE APPROACHING VESSEL AND ANY OTHER VESSELS THAT ARE WAITING TO PASS
2 IF THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7, AT MILE 5.8 IS NOT OPENED DURING A PARTICULAR SCHEDULED OPENING FOR THE GILMERTON BRIDGE AND VESSELS WERE DELAYED, THE DRAW TENDER AT THE GILMERTON BRIDGE MAY PROVIDE A SINGLE OPENING FOR WAITING VESSELS, ONCE THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7 REOPENS FOR VESSELS.
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
These channel obstructions will not affect most cruisers, so this Local Notice is posted to let you be aware of the continuing construction around the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, which crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk and has been the subject of much attention since the construction and resulting number of closures and restrictions began fall of 2012. For several months now, Cruisers’ Net has had a Navigation Alert posted for these waters.
VA – NORFOLK HARBOR – ELIZABETH RIVER-SOUTHERN BRANCH – GILMERTON BRIDGE – FENDER SYSTEM DEMOLITION/INSTALLATION
Mariners are advised that the demolition/reconstruction of the Gilmerton Bridge fender system will be ongoing from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily until 03 August, 2014. Barges with cranes will be in the navigational channel. Vessels transiting the waterway and requiring the barges to move for safe transit must provide a two hour advance notice by calling the bridge tender at (757)-485-5488 on via VHF-FM channel 13. Chart: 12253. LNM: 50/13
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.
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
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
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.
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″ draft or less. Yet when the dredging is completed by mid February the controlling depth will be 8′ at MLW.
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.