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    • LNM: Live-Fire Drills Continue, Oct 14-20, New River, off and on NC AICW Statute Mile 247


      Live-fire exercises have been going on for some weeks now. Let these Local Notices serve as reminders to avoid these waters northwest of the Waterway.

      1. THE RESTRICTED AREAS IN THE NEW RIVER, AS SHOWN ON NATIONAL OCEAN
      SERVICE CHART 11542, THAT WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION FOR THE
      STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING
      PERIODS: STONE CREEK SECTOR, STONE BAY SECTOR, TRAPS BAY SECTOR,
      COURTHOUSE BAY SECTOR, AND GREY POINT SECTOR WILL BE CLOSED TO
      NAVIGATION DUE TO FIRING EXERCISES 24 HOURS DAILY.
      2. FARNELL BAY SECTOR, MORGANS BAY SECTOR, AND JACKSONVILLE SECTOR
      WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION DUE TO FIRING EXERCISES FROM SUNRISE TO
      SUNSET.
      3. SHIP OPERATIONS CONSISTING OF LANDING CRAFT, AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLES,
      AND HELICOPTERS MAY BE CONDUCTED IN THE ONSLOW BEACH OPERATING AREA
      AND ALL SECTORS OF NEW RIVER TO INCLUDE DIVE OPERATIONS.
      4. DUE TO UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE ON BROWNS ISLAND AND IN THE ADJACENT
      WATERWAYS AND MARSH AREAS, BROWNS ISLAND IS OFF LIMITS TO ALL
      UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL. VESSELS MAY TRANSIT THE SURROUNDING WATERS,
      HOWEVER NO VESSEL SHALL BOTTOM FISH OR ANCHOR.
      5. MARINERS TRAVELING ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE NEW RIVER BETWEEN
      STONE BAY AND FARNELL BAY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE NUMEROUS
      SIGN POLES WITHOUT WORKING LIGHTS AND ARE LEANING OR SUBMERGED AS A
      RESULT OF HURRICANE FLORENCE AND PRESENT HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION.
      THESE POLES ONCE HAD SIGNS DENOTING AREAS OF CAUTION AROUND THE
      STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE AND VERONA LOOP FIRING RANGES.
      6. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON FIRING EXERCISES CONTACT CAMP LEJEUNE
      RANGE CONTROL AT 910-451-3064/4449.

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    • Bahamas Chatter: “Update Little Harbour, Abaco” plus 1 more

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Bahamas Chatter is produced by Explorer Chartbooks, A CRUISERS NET PARTNER, which has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.
      Bahamas Chatter: “Update Little Harbour, Abaco” plus 1 more

      Update Little Harbour, Abaco

      Posted: 12 Oct 2019 11:35 AM PDT

      We’re okay here in Little Harbour. Being 10 miles south of the eye really spared us the devastation in Marsh Harbour and the cays. We have minor roof damage.

      We’ve been putting out updates since the storm. Check our website at petespubandgallery.com

      Pete’s Pub Staff still needs our help.
      90% of the staff have been displaced, mostly to Nassau. Most of them had to flee their home with children in the middle of the storm. All staff are now accounted for and safe for the time being.
      Now, they are either in shelters, staying with family or trying to rent and start over.
      We have a multi-pronged purpose to our goal. We want them safe and secure and home as soon as possible. This includes helping to fund their current room and board, finding stable housing, schooling for their kids and ultimately securing housing for them on Abaco.
      We are asking for your help. If you cannot attend , please contribute what you can and thank you for your generosity.

      thank you,

      Heather Moore Johnston
      Little Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
      Pete’s Pub & Gallery
      242-577-5487
       

      Abaco Update 11/11/19

      Posted: 12 Oct 2019 11:14 AM PDT

      This is the current information we have for the Abacos following the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Dorian. Please feel free to comment with new information. The picture is ever-changing with steps being taken to begin the rebuilding of lives and structures. We are awaiting email reports from all the marinas in the Abacos and will post new info when we get it. The same with Grand Bahama. No news from there yet.

      The numbers are staggering in the Abacos:  With only 54 identified as deceased, there are still 1,300 people missing and 70,000 displaced. Many bodies are beyond identification.  70% of the islanders have lost their homes and most businesses suffered catastrophic loss.

      FERRY SERVICE

      One BOLO ferry survived at Green Turtle Cay. The others were damaged or sunk. HopeTown, Man-o-War and Guana Cay ferries were damaged or sunk. None currently operational.

      SPANISH CAY

      Spanish Cay is selling fuel. No other update available.

      GREEN TURTLE CAY

      The GREEN TURTLE CLUB is partially open. They have dockage and fuel but no water or electricity at the dock. Cash is required since without electricity and Internet, the Club can’t process credit cards. The channel into White Sound is clear of debris. The Club expects to be fully operational with food and beverages, rooms, villas, dockage, fuel, water, chandlery, and gift shop by March 1, 2020.

      BRENDAL’S DIVE SHOP is recovering and opening soon.

      McINTOSH’S is serving food. 

      PHONE:  ALIV cell phones are working and can be used as hotspots for Internet service. 

      BLUFF HOUSE sustained major destruction to the docks and buildings. There are no docks, no services there at the present time. 

      The same with the OTHER SHORE CLUB in Black Sound. Their main dock from the land is partially secured, but the outer pier with fuel and dockage is destroyed, so there is no way to get ashore and no facilities there.

      LEEWARD YACHT CLUB had damage to its building and part of the piers. Boats were sunk there. No services are available.

      ABACO YACHT SERVICES had many long-term storage boats fall off cradles and suffer damage.

      Construction has already begun to restore homes and businesses and clear endless piles of debris. There is no water or electricity in the town. Some people have their own generators. Relief efforts continue with locals and outside volunteers coming in to help with construction, food, medical care, etc. The school miraculously survived as a shelter for the entire town until after the hurricane passed. The road that extends the length of the cay is open. Freight boats have been coming in with supplies and construction crews. A BobCat loader was donated to help fill the dump trucks with massive piles of debris. Watermakers has come in to help with supplying bottled drinking water for the islanders and construction crews. Also crews have set up a kitchen for workers with basic meals. 

      BAKERS BAY

      Many houses were destroyed but the marina fared better than most in the area with docks mostly intact.

      TREASURE CAY

      Many boats were sunk at the marina. The fuel dock is gone but we understand that they are somehow selling fuel.

      HOPETOWN

      See earlier letter from Lighthouse Marina concerning the extent of damages. The entire inner harbour had many buildings completely wiped out, including the Harbour Lodge and Captain Jacks. We are awaiting a report from Hope Town Marina. Farther south on Elbow Cay, Sea Spray Marina and resort were leveled.

      MARSH HARBOUR

      Maxwell’s Supermarket & Home Store

      October 9 at 7:35 PM

      We’re excited to announce we plan for a soft opening on Thursday, November 7th!!

      The supermarket is now almost back to rights!

      As shipping and delivery logistics are starting to improve, grocery orders have now been placed. We’re still waiting on a few more register computers and refrigeration parts which we should receive by next week.

      In an effort to help restore commerce on Abaco, we’re also very pleased to announce that Commonwealth Bank will be opening a satellite branch within Maxwell’s.

      Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to serving you again very soon!

      Stay tuned for further updates

      Maxwell’s

      MARINAS

      We are expecting to get first-hand reports from the five marinas in Marsh Harbour (Boat Harbour at Abaco Beach Resort, Conch Inn, Mangoes, Harbour View and Marsh Harbour Marina.) Basically, they were all greatly damaged and there are no services in MH at this time. It remains to be seen which will rebuild and reopen. 

      POWER PLANT

      The electric power plant on Great Abaco is generating but the poles are all down. There is no electricity north of the plant, virtually north of Little Harbour.

      VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

      The US Coast Guard came in right away to evacuate the injured and those who had lost homes and all their possessions. Currently, there is much work to be done to rebuild the damaged and destroyed structures on all of these islands. The biggest issue is that volunteers need to be able to sustain themselves with food, water, lodging, electricity and any other supplies. There are no services or accommodations. Those with construction skills (and tools), who also provide their own place to stay such as a cruising boat, are the most helpful in these challenging circumstances. The islanders themselves can’t provide any accommodations for help. Many of them still don’t have roofs on their homes or a reliable source of food and water, not to mention electricity. Check the local websites for direction and information.

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    • Still More on Capsized Vessel, St. Simons Sound, GA, near AICW Statute Mile 677

      The pilot on board the capsized car carrier Golden Ray deliberately took the vessel out of the channel and grounded her, according to a report in The Brunswick News. The 656-foot vessel capsized on September 8 in St. Simons Sound while heading out to sea with 4,200 vehicles onboard. See LNM Capsized Vessel.

       

      Overturned cargo ship to be disassembled in St. Simons Sound
      WTOC via Chip Plyler on Save Georgia’s Anchorages

      Pilot Deliberately Grounded Golden Ray
      Maritime Executive Newsletter

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Bruce Hildreth -  October 11, 2019 - 6:36 pm

        I went to the wreckage area in my boat and observed that the Golden Ray was lying perpendicular to the edge of the channel. To me, that adds credence to the intentional grounding theory.

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    • UPDATES: NAV ALERT: Alligator River NOW OPEN, AICW Statute Mile 84, 10/5/2019


      After several days of repairs and delays, the long swing bridge is now open. With a closed vertical clearance of 14ft, the 60 year old, 2.8 mile long swing bridge crosses the Alligator River section of the Waterway, south of flashing marker #12 and just south of where the Waterway exits Albemarle Sound.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For Alligator River Bridge

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

      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. Robert Nordstrom -  October 13, 2019 - 7:22 am

        I just spoke to the bridge tender at the alligator River bridge. He advised that they have been open since Friday. This information is valid as of 7 a.m. October 13th.

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      2. Tim Reardon -  October 7, 2019 - 11:29 am

        At 11am Monday morning I heard a commercial tow contact the Bridge to get status and was told bridge closed for next 3 days. We are anchored in South Lake near bridge and will be monitoring channel 13 and will update as needed

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      3. Tom Hale -  October 7, 2019 - 8:09 am

        [As posted on AGLCA’s Forum] This happens all too frequently at this bridge. The only way to know the latest information is to call the bridge tender at 252.796.7261.I keep this number in my phone!

        When this happens, it can clog up the waterways back to Norfolk. If you are headed that way, be sure you have a marina reservation at Coinjock or Elizabeth city (the free docks will get filled and the city may allow you to stay a few extra days but then will ask you to leave to make room for others.) At Coinjock you may be rafted with other boats. If you are in the Southern Chesapeake it might be wise to hold in place. Once the log jam is cleared there will be a slug of boats headed to Morehead Beaufort. So you might want to plan a trip to New Bern after it reopens and let the crowd get ahead and thin out.

        The bridge was closed to navigation for a couple of months in the winter of 2017/18 . The mechanisms weere repaired and upgraded, to solve long term reliability issue due to its aging systems . (might have been 16/17, it all runs together after a while. The bridge was reopened with fan fare in March of that year and it wen a full two weeks before it broke and was closed to navigation for another 2 weeks. Since then there have been several other closures!

        This information will not be in the Notice to Mariners. That resource is for long term projects such as the the changes to the operating schedules for Great Bridge bridge and North landing bridge, due to the repairs going on at the Centerville Turnpike bridge.

        I just spoke to the bridge tender. Right now he has no new information and does not know when it will reopen.

        The Pamlico Sound route is an option if the winds stay light. However, Hatteras and Ocracoke weer decimated by Dorian and will have very limited facilities.
        Tom Hale

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    • Attend MIATC Member Meeting, Martin County, Stuart, FL


      Martin County Florida
      Vero Beach Marina
       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

       
       
       
       
       
       
       

       
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    • Special Offers in Martin County, Stuart, FL


      Martin County Florida
      Vero Beach Marina
       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

      Exclusive Deals in Martin County, FL Just For You

       

      The beach is calling…come to Martin County, FL to answer!  There are 22-miles of uncrowded shoreline, wide-open beaches and fantastic fun for families. You can find tons of reasons to visit this secret haven in Florida. To help plan your visit to Martin County, Florida, check out some exclusive offers that will save you money and add value to an already awesome adventure.

      8+ Special Offers in Martin County, Florida

      $100 Resort Credit + FL Resident Offers at Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina

      Plan your perfect summer getaway at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina with these awesome offers. Enjoy a nightly credit up to $100 to use on dining, golf, spa and more. Valid for travel through September 30, 2019. FL residents can also save $20 off the nightly rates at this sprawling 200 acre resort in Stuart, FL. 

      Jensen Beach Summer Camp Deal

      Let your kids experience a different kind of summer camp! Through August 2, 2019, the 2019 Jensen Beach Summer Camp is where to be! They  help your child to become a team player with social development skills, creative thinking, and sportsmanship while having fun along the way. The camp fee is ONLY $85 per week and includes lunch and t-shirt. Sibling discounts are also available. Spots are limited so sign up soon!

      $20 All You Can Golf at Martin County Golf Course

      Get your golf on! For only $20, it’s all you can play on Martin County Golf Course, part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail. Cart included! The course offers two 18-hole courses, full-length driving range, putting and chipping greens, and over 100 brand new golf carts. This offer has been extended through summer so come to the heart of the Treasure Coast for your next golfing adventure.

      $350/Week for a 1 Bedroom Cottage at the Driftwood Motel

      Escape for a week to an authentic Old Florida stay at the Driftwood Motel. The resort is offering a special summer rate of only $350 per week for a one-room efficiency with a full kitchen and free WiFi.   Family owned and operated since 1958, this 11-unit  hidden gem is located on the Indian River. They even have a private fishing pier available for guests.

      FL/GA Resident Offer + 3rd Night Free at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

      Discover the first new resort to be built on Hutchinson Island in almost two decades. Fl and GA residents can experience a true beach vacation away from it all with a discount rate at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. It is the premier resort for family vacations and more. The resort is also offering a 3rd night free deal in one of their 178 oceanfront accommodations.

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      A true tropical oasis awaits you at the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp. And this summer, when you pay for 3 nights, you get the 4th night free. (Check in on Sunday or Monday.)  Spend your extra time taking in all historic Jensen Beach has to offer, such as ocean beaches, golf, tennis, shopping, windsurfing, boat rentals, and more. 

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      The recently renovated Hampton Inn & Suites Stuart – North hotel is welcoming Florida residents with an extra 15% off base rates. This value hotel is conveniently located in Stuart, Florida, home to sparkling beaches and historical landmarks. Stay in a modern guest room or upgrade to a suite for more space and freedom. 

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      Summer runs from May 1st to September 30th at The Historic Seminole Inn. Stay for a weekend and receive 50% off the 2nd night or come for two nights and receive the 3rd night free! Since 1926, The Historic Seminole Inn has been a lovely oasis out in cattle and citrus country, just 30 minutes from the coast!
       

       

       
       
       

       
       
       

       
       
       

       
       
       

       
       
       

       
       
       

       
       

      2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996

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

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    • Special! BP Gas Card with Pettit Paint Purchase, Safe Harbor City Boatyard, Wando River, Charleston, SC


      Welcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water. The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay. The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast. These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.

      Safe Harbor City Boatyard, formerly Charleston City Boatyard, a subsidiary of Safe Harbor Marinas, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is found on the northern reaches of the Wando River north of red marker #40.

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      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Safe Harbor City Boatyard

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers Net Marina Directory Listing For Safe Harbor City Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Safe Harbor City Marina

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    • NOAA Navigation Services Newsletter – Oct 11, 2019

      NOAA searches for dangers to navigation following Hurricane Dorian is one of the topics discussed in this NOAA Newsletter.

      NOAA Navigation Services Newsletter – Oct 11, 2019

       
      October 11, 2019
       
      Quarterly Newsletter
       
      NOAA installs new bridge clearance system on Delaware Memorial Bridge
       
      NOAA recently installed a new sensor on the Delaware Memorial Bridge that helps ships navigate safely underneath. The Delaware Memorial Bridge connects Delaware and New Jersey and large ships pass underneath it on a regular basis. This new air gap system is part of the Delaware River and Bay Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTSⓇ) and measures the distance between the water’s surface and a predetermined reference point on the bridge. NOAA has 18 of these bridge clearance systems across it’s network of 33 PORTS. PORTS is a successful public-private partnership that provides an integrated system of sensors concentrated in seaports, which supplies commercial vessel operators with reliable real-time information about environmental conditions.
       
       
      NOAA issues last version of printed tide and tidal current prediction tables, moves to all digital for 2021 and beyond
      NOAA recently released its last edition of the downloadable print Tide and Tidal Current Prediction Tables. These tide tables are formatted by region and sent to publishers each year. They are also available to download online. These predictions are produced in the form of six annual publications that cover discrete domestic and international regions, and were required by mariners to meet the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements for 33 CFR 164.33 Charts and Publications and 46 CFR 28.225 Navigational Information. These publications have been printed and distributed by licensed commercial publishers, a practice started in 1996 to eliminate costly printing and distribution costs by the government. 
       
      Since 2008, NOAA has been able to provide more accurate, up-to-date, and location-specific tide and tidal current predictions via its website than can be provided in the printed documents. In consultation with NOAA, the USCG has recently updated its interpretation of its CFR requirements to accept digital tide and current predictions from NOAA’s website to be used by mariners to meet carriage requirements. This follows similar updates that allow electronic navigational charts to be used in lieu of paper charts, and electronic copies of U.S. Coast Pilot® and other navigational publications to be used instead of printed copies. International predictions – apart from some Caribbean, Central American, and Pacific Island locations – will not be available through digital NOAA products or services after this change, though users may still get this data directly from the country of origin. 
       
      Access to NOAA’s online tide predictions can be found here and access to NOAA’s online tidal current predictions can be accessed here.
       
      Product Spotlight – Coastal Inundation Dashboard
       
      NOAA’s Coastal Inundation Dashboard web tool brings together data from its over 200 long-term coastal water level stations into one web tool that can help coastal communities monitor and prepare for all types of coastal flooding. Real-time water level information, 48-hour forecasts of water levels, storm surge and historic flooding information are all brought together into this online tool. If water rises above a certain level for a particular station, the dashboard will show whether it may be minor, moderate, or major flooding. Decision makers as well as coastal residents can better understand both short-term risks such as an approaching hurricane or nor’easter, as well as longer-term risks like high tide flooding and sea level rise with this information.
       
       
       
       
      New oceanographic forecast models will aid mariners in the Great Lakes and Cook Inlet, Alaska
      Two new oceanographic models will now be operational in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan in the Great Lakes and Cook Inlet in Alaska. These models will help mariners to navigate their local waters safely and more efficiently. Specifically, the models will provide operational nowcast and forecast guidance (out to 48 hours for Cook Inlet, and 120 hours for the Great Lakes) on parameters such as water levels, water temperature, salinity, and currents.The model for Lake Huron and Lake Michigan combines two existing models into a single improved model. NOAA develops and operationalizes forecast systems like these in critical ports, harbors, estuaries, Great Lakes and coastal waters across the United States, forming a national backbone of real-time data, tidal predictions, data management and operational modeling.
       
      NOAA searches for dangers to navigation following Hurricane Dorian
      In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian making landfall, NOAA pre-staged both personnel and assets in locations outside of the hurricane impact zone so they would be ready to respond upon request. Once Dorian reached the Southeast U.S., our teams mobilized to the affected areas. NOAA’s regional navigation managers continued to coordinate with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to evaluate and prioritize hydrographic survey requests from ports. The mobile integrated survey team surveyed Little River Inlet, SC, and navigation response teams surveyed St. Mary’s River near Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Brunswick, Georgia. One of NOAA’s hydrographic survey contractors, eTrac, surveyed Beaufort/Morehead City, NC, and the approaches to Wilmington. Preliminary survey products identifying dangers to navigation were developed and delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard to aid in decision-making in reopening ports.  Read more
       
      Subsidence, sea level rise, and precision navigation discussed at Hydrographic Services Review Panel in New Orleans 
      NOAA’s Hydrographic Service Review Panel (HSRP), a federal advisory committee, met in New Orleans August 27-29, to hear views from stakeholders and partners on NOAA’s navigation products and services, and topics including subsidence, sea level rise, and coastal inundation. The meeting included special sessions on Precision Navigation and unmanned systems, particularly how they pertain to the Mississippi River and navigation in the region. The panel will consider information from this meeting as it makes recommendations to the NOAA administrator. Speakers included Lt. Gov. William H. Nungesser of Louisiana, Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and deputy NOAA administrator, and Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director, National Ocean Service. HSRP is a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on products and services related to navigation services, water levels and currents, and global positioning. The director of Coast Survey serves as the designated federal official of the panel.
       
      Spotlight on new NOAA Maritime Services Program Manager
       
      Chris DiVeglio became the Maritime Services Program Manager for NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) in March 2019. He is based in Silver Spring, MD. Chris oversees many aspects of the NOAA PORTS program but also has national tidal current studies and operational forecast system model upgrades in his program portfolio. Chris possesses a meteorology degree from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. He spent five years doing operational forecasting with a private weather company based in New Jersey. For the past six years, Chris has been working for CO-OPS in the oceanographic division performing routine analysis of tides, currents and meteorological data sets that NOAA collects. Chris can be reached at christopher.diveglio@noaa.gov or 240-533-0571
       
       
      STAY CONNECTED
       
      NOAA | 1315 East-West HighwaySilver Spring, MD 20910

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    • LNM: Coast Guard Urges Safe Boating during Columbus Day Weekend

      Excellent advice! A good skipper is a safe skipper!

      Coast Guard urges safe boating during Columbus Day Weekend

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      MIAMI — The Coast Guard reminds boaters throughout the Coast Guard 7th District to use extra caution while out on the water this Columbus Day weekend.

      Coast Guard crews, along with local and state law enforcement agencies, will be patrolling, conducting safety checks and ensuring mariners are staying safe.

      Consider these boating safety tips before leaving the dock:

      Never boat under the influence (BUI): It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There are stringent penalties for violating BUI/BWI laws, which can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges and jail terms. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Have a designated boater.

      File a float plan: Leave a detailed float plan with a friend or family member who is staying back. The sooner a vessel can be reported overdue, the more likely a positive outcome will result. Facts need to be quickly and accurately conveyed in an emergency. Your float plan should include detailed information that rescue personnel need in order to find you. To find examples of a float plan, and for more information, visit www.floatplancentral.org.

      Wear a life jacket: Life jackets save lives. According to www.uscgboating.org in 2018, 84 percent of boaters who drowned in a fatal boating accident were not wearing a life jacket. Accidents can leave even a strong swimmer injured, unconscious, or exhausted in the water.

      Take a VHF-FM marine radio: Cell phones may lose signal off shore and run out of batteries after a day on the water. They are helpful, but not reliable for emergencies. VHF-channel 16 is the marine emergency channel. It should only be used for emergencies. Boaters can reach the Coast Guard on marine-band radios at any time, day or night.

      Monitor weather broadcasts: Watch for current storm and small craft advisories. The National Weather Service broadcasts marine weather forecasts regularly. Forecasts can be heard by tuning in to channels 1 through 5 on a VHF marine radio or by checking the NWS website at www.weather.gov

      Have a signaling device to communicate an emergency: Boaters should have a signal flares, whistle, horn, or signal mirror, in addition to an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) to alert first responders to the location of a water emergency.

      When boating at night, it’s imperative to be especially cautious. Vessels should be properly lit and operate at reduced speeds at night due to limited visibility, back-lighting from the shore can be confused with aids to navigation and unlit obstructions. Boaters should always maintain a proper look-out, know their equipment, proceed at safe speeds and stay within the marked navigational channel, particularly when operating in the vicinity of unlit pilings, piers and jetties.

      If you see something, say something. If you see someone in danger or someone you suspect may be boating under the influence, contact the Coast Guard via VHF channel 16 or to local first responders via 911.

      Download the Coast Guard boating safety mobile app.  Features included on the app are the latest safety regulations and navigation rules, as well as immediate access to filling a float plan, checking the weather, and reporting pollution hazards or suspicious activity. Click here to get the free app. 

      For more breaking news follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

      -USCG-

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    • Abandoned Boats and Bottle Hunt – Volunteer Opportunity with Wounded Nature Working Veterans, Charleston, SC

      Wounded Nature-Working Veterans is a group of veterans, non-veterans and active duty military personnel run by Captain Rudy Socha, a former Marine turned conservationist. The non-profit volunteer organization is working to cleanup, preserve and protect our coastal environment, particularly from derelict vessels.

       

      Abandoned Boat Disposal

      Saturday October 12 and Sunday October 13 from 8 am until 11 am
      Dolphin Cove Marina – 2079 Austin Avenue, Charleston, SC

      We are using power tools to tear down abandoned live aboard boats.  We need volunteers to not only bring and use power tools but other to help carry the parts and pieces over to the dumpsters, pick up loose nails and screws, etc.

      Bottle Treasure Hunt
      Saturday, October 26, 2019 12 noon

      Low tide is 1:11 pm.

      We will be wading into the tidal marsh off Morrison Avenue.  At low tide the ground is fairly firm.  During the 40’s and 50’s Charleston incinerated their trash and disposed of their bottles in this marsh.  In the past we have pulled over 14,000 bottles from this area.  This visit is strictly to hunt for old bottles to use as decor.  Any items you pull out of this area, you will have to take home and dispose what you do not want to keep.

      We will be meeting at the parking area located on the Charleston side of the Ravenel Bridge that was established for the bridge walkers

      Rudy Socha

      CEO

      Wounded Nature – Working Veterans

      http://woundednature.org/

      Cell 843-764-7748

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