LNM: Shoaling in Vicinity of Bogue Inlet Problem Stretch, Swansboro, NC, near Statute Mile 227
This shoaling, as noted below, is throughout the inlet area, an almost always shallow channel through the Bogue Inlet/AICW intersection. Of course, the Waterway intersection is a perennial problem stretch on the AICW, so proceed with caution. This Local Notice also has a very good description of the process used by the CG when handling Nav Aids in shoaling inlets. Note that dredging is to begin in April 2017.
Mariners are advised of extensive shoaling throughout the Bogue Inlet area, Emerald Isle, NC. Significant shoaling has been observed in the vicinity of: Bogue Inlet Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 29495 [34°38.0475N / 077°5.8998W, 34.634125 / -77.098330]); between Buoys 6A (LLNR 29525 [34°38.7707N / 077°6.4090W, 34.646179 / -77.106816]) and Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 29535 [34°38.9879N / 077°6.4788W, 34.649799 / -77.107980]); and between Buoy 14 (LLNR 29559 [34°39.7465N / 077°5.8784W, 34.662441 / -77.097974]) and Buoy 15 (LLNR 29560 [34°39.9494N / 077°5.9366W, 34.665824 / -77.098943]), to depths as low as 1 foot at MLLW. Mariners transiting Bogue Inlet do so at their own risk and are advised against transiting this inlet until updated surveys by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and potential buoy repositioning by the U.S Coast Guard (USCG) can be completed to ensure the safety of the mariner. It is anticipated that the USACE will be able to dredge the inlet on or after 18 Apr 2017. If this is delayed, it may be necessary for the USCG to temporarily discontinue the Bogue Inlet aids to navigation. Should the inlet become inaccessible to the USCG ‘s smaller aids to navigation servicing vessels, the remaining buoys relative to the shifting shoal would mislead mariners and be more dangerous than having no aids to navigation at all. Under these conditions, the USCG would remove all buoys if necessary. The USCG continues to work with federal, state, and local partner agencies regarding the viability of marking this waterway in a safe manner. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent USACE Wilmington, NC District hydrographic survey information, shoaling conditions and controlling depth at: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Naviqation/Hydrographic-Surveys and consult the Local Notice to
Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?paqeName=lnmDistrict&reqion=5
Charts 11541, 11543 LNM 13/17