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  • Limited Opening Schedule through October 15, North Landing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 20.2


    With a closed vertical clearance of 3ft, North Landing Swing Bridge crosses the Virginia – North Carolina Cut (a. k. a. the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal) portion of the AICW. North Landing Bridge has been much in the news recently because of collisions and closures due to high water.

    ****VA/NC – NORFOLK TO ALBEMARLE SOUND – VIA NORTH LANDING RIVER EMERGENCY BRIDGE OPERATING SCHEDULE****The S165 Bridge across the North Landing River, mile 20.2, at Chesapeake, VA has sustained damage and will not be capable of normal operation until 4 p.m. on October 14, 2016. The north span of the bridge is fully operational and the south span of the bridge is limited in operational capability. Read More

    The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation on the hour and half hour, upon request, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on demand from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation and the south span of the bridge will partially open-to-navigation, upon request, for scheduled openings at 9:30 a.m. for vessels transiting southeast, 10:30 a.m. for vessels transiting northwest, and noon and 2 p.m. for two-way vessel traffic through the bridge; Monday through Friday through Monday, October 10, 2016. The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation and the south span of the bridge will partially open-to-navigation, upon request, for scheduled openings at 9:30 a.m. for vessels transiting southeast and 10:30 a.m. for vessels transiting northwest; Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, October 9, 2016. The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation and the south span of the bridge will partially open-to-navigation for additional openings from October 4, 2016 through October 10, 2016, if 48 hours notice is given. The south span of the bridge will be closed-to-navigation during bridge repair from 9 a.m., October 11, 2016, through 4 p.m., October 14, 2016. The horizontal clearance of the bridge with the south span closed-to-navigation is 38 feet and the horizontal clearance of the bridge with south span partially open-to-navigation is 70 feet. The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation for emergencies. The vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed position is 6 feet above mean high water and vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so, after receiving confirmation from the bridge tender that it is safe to transit through the bridge. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 12206 LNM 39/16
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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 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.
    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.

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  • Temporary Height Deviation, Gilmerton Highway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8


    This MSIB will affect only vessels needing air draft of more than 110ft – i.e. very few of us. However, caution is always the watchword when passing under a bridge in the midst of repairs. Our thanks to Matt the Bridge Tender for this notification.CLICK HERE for a related Nav Alert.

    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
    MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    BULLETIN NO: 16/065 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
    DATE: September 9, 2016
    Proposed Gilmerton Bridge Closure Schedule At Mile 5.8 on the Elizabeth River Southern Branch
    Read More

    This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 16-046, released on July 8, 2016. All operations listed below are
    subject to change due to weather, unforeseen factors or operational contingencies.
    Mariners are advised that the Gilmerton Bridge at mile 5.8 on the Elizabeth River Southern Branch experienced a mechanical malfunction and will not be capable of normal operations until 5 a.m. on September 19, 2016.
    The scheduled openings remain in effect until Friday, September 16, 2016 at 9 p.m.:
    Monday through Friday: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 36 feet above mean high water and 136 feet above mean high water in the open position. Any vessel able to safely pass through the bridge may do so, after receiving confirmation from the bridge tender that it is safe to transit through the bridge. The bridge tender may be reached at 757-485-5488.
    During this temporary deviation, the bridge will open on signal for emergency vessels if at least one hour notice is given. We request that mariners exercise extreme caution while in the vicinity of the bridge.
    To affect repairs, the vertical clearance in the open position will be kept at 110 feet above mean high water from 9 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016 through 5 a.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016.
    Commander
    United States Coast Guard
    Sector Hampton Roads
    4000 Coast Guard Blvd
    Portsmouth, VA 23703
    Phone: (757) 668-5555
    Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, contact USCG Sector Hampton Roads, Waterways Management Division at (757) 668-5580 or HamptonRoadsWaterway@uscg.mil.

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  • Dredging in Main Channel North of Mile Zero, Norfolk, VA


    This dredging will occur in the main channel opposite Lambert Point to the east and north of Mile Zero and Norfolk Inner Harbor.

    *****VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – LAMBERTS BEND REACH – DREDGING****
    The Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia Dredge Lexington will be conducting dredging operations within the Elizabeth River Channel, Lamberts Bend Reach between Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 25 (LLNR 9710) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 30 (LLNR 9735). Additionally, the dredge will be conducting operation within the Navy Deperming Station (on the west side of the channel). The dredge will conduct operations from September 1 through November 1, 2016. Chart 12253 LNM 36/16

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  • New Norfolk Harbor Light, east of Pinner Point


    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 B36 51 31.44N, 76 18 37.43W, Fl W 4s. Chart 12254 LNM 9/16

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  • New Daybeacon, Lamberts Point, Elizabeth River, North of Mile Zero


    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

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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.

  • 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.

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  • Update and Comments: Steel Bridge Replacement Construction, AICW Statute Mile 8.8


    We just get the Gilmerton Bridge construction completed and another project begins – lasting until 2017! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this replacement project will have fewer navigation disruptions. Dominion Boulevard Steel Bridge crosses the Waterway north of Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, VA.

    VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AIWW) – ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBERMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
    Mariners are advised that construction work, by McLean Contracting Company, will commence in February 2013 and will extend through March 2017 for the replacement of the existing Dominion Boulevard/US 17 (Lift) Bridge across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at AIWW mile 8.8, in Chesapeake, VA (commonly known as the Steel Bridge) and its approaches, with a new 95-foot high-level fixed bridge and new approaches on essentially the same alignment. (Latitude 36o 44’ 10” N, Longitude 76o 17’ 40” W). The operation will consist of construction of a new bridge, removal and replacement of the bridge fender system, demolition of the existing bridge and construction of a second new bridge, along with in-water work involving pile driving, concrete pier construction and girder erection. Tugboats will be used and will monitor VHF Channel 13 in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Mariners should check for future notices on this replacement bridge project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 12253

    Update LNM: 31/14, August 5, 2014

     

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  • Normal Operating Regulations Restored at Gilmerton Highway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

    Gilmerton Highway Bridge - Click for Chartview

    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.

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

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    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

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  • On-Going Fender Installation, Gilmerton Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

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    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

    New Gilmerton Lift 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.

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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″ 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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