Forty critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles arrived in the subtropical Florida Keys Saturday to warm up and receive treatment after suffering “cold stunning” in the waters off Cape Cod, Mass.
The wreck of the capsized PCTC Golden Ray may take more than a year to remove from St. Simons Sound, Georgia.
Photos: Salvors Finish First Cut on Golden Ray Wreck Removal
Photos: Golden Ray Wreck Removal Progresses
Video: Cutting Begins at Golden Ray Wreck Site
Preparations Underway to Begin Cutting and Lifting Golden Ray Wreck
Golden Ray Salvage Prepares for Final Phase as Lift Vessel Transits
Cutting of Golden Ray Wreck Delayed by Engineering Challenges
GEORGIA – ST. SIMONS SOUND: Safety Zone For M/V GOLDEN RAY.
A safety zone is currently established surrounding the M/V GOLDEN RAY at 31-07-39.66N / 081-24-10.58W (31°7.6610N / 081°24.1763W, 31.127683 / -81.402939), between Saint Simons lighthouse and the north end of Jekyll Island, in the vicinity of green buoy #19. No vessel is authorized access within 50 yards of established Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) surrounding the M/V GOLDEN RAY wreck removal worksite, unless authorized by the Captain of the Port. The previous safety zone established on September 18th, 2019 is terminated. For further information, contact the Coast Guard at 912-652-4353. Until further notice, St Simons Sound Lighted Buoy 19 (LLNR 6140) has been temporarily relocated to position 31-07-38.072N/081-23-46.352W (31°7.6345N / 081°23.7725W, 31.127242 / -81.396209) due to the salvage operations of the M/V GOLDEN RAY. Chart 11506 LNM 36/30
Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to think of other lofty ideals, such Christmas Sweaters! After you have all posed on the foredeck in your latest apparel for inclusion in your Christmas card mailings, please send a copy to Cruisers Net to be included in our Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. If you prefer to remain anonymous (can we blame you!?!), just snap a picture of your sweater and send that!
Cruisers Net isn’t sure what, or even if, the prize for winners will be, but you can be sure that inclusion in such an artistic and cultural endeavor will be reward in and of itself! Entered photos will be posted as they are received and the winning photo will be featured on our Homepage before the New Year.
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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HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
Cruisers Net is so very grateful to you, our readers and our sponsors, for your support throughout 2020.
Even with the pandemic and the uncertainty of this year, we have so much for which to be thankful. Despite initial fears for the survival of marinas and the marine industry, it seems that many new boaters have turned to boating as a way of dealing with societal restrictions. Dealers report shortages of new and used boats to sell. Marinas are reporting nearly full slip capacities and slip sales. Boats have become safe havens – a way to be outside and distance oneself from the spread on COVID-19. September 2020 ranks as the second highest single-month total of new powerboats sold in more than a decade – Marina DockAge.
Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.
Wappoo Creek Bridge with a 33ft closed vertical clearance is south of the Ashley River/ICW intersection in Charleston, SC.
SR171/100 Wappoo Cut AICW, Charleston,SC Dec 9, 2020 (6-11 am) Closes to Nav, Vertical reduction LNM 47-20
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This sunken sailboat is off the north side of Dinner Key channel which exits the Waterway near Mile 1095.
FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY – DINNER KEY CHANNEL: Sunken sailing vessel
A sunken Sailboat has been reported in the vicinity of 25-42-59.51N / 80-12-53.68W (25°42.9919N / 080°12.8947W, 25.716531 / -80.214911), just north of Dinner Key Channel Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 48930). The vessel’s mast is reportedly rising above the water and is unlit. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution until the vessel has been removed. Chart 11467 LNM 47/20
With a fixed clearance of 56ft, the Julia Tuttle Causeway Bridge crossed the Waterway in Miami Beach.
FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – MIAMI HARBOR / JULIA TUTTLE CAUSEWAY: Fender Repairs
DBI Services, LLC., acting on behalf of the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), will be performing repairs of the east Julia Tuttle Causeway fender system due to deterioration of walers and concrete piles. The contractor will complete the work from a small work boat and barge, mainly from behind the existing fender system and outside of the navigable channel. Work is scheduled to begin on November 24, 2020 and continue through February 2021. Vessels are advised to transit the area with caution and maintain a no wake speed. Future updates will be provided via the local Notice to Mariners as the project progresses. For information on the Julia Tuttle Causeway fender project, please contact Joshua Midence, DBI Services at Joshua.Midence@dbiservices.com or via phone at (305)213-9936.
If you have any questions regarding the waterway, please contact USCG Sector Miami Waterways Division at (305) 535-4317, email D07-PFSECMIAMI-MARINE-PERMITS@USCG.MIL