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    • Georgia Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

      PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!
      Below you will discover extracts the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has copied from the Local Notice to Mariners, that concern Georgia waters. The choice of what to extract is based on our appraisal of news that is of primary interest to the cruising community, and should not in any way be considered a comprehensive relisting of all the information that is available in the Local Notice to Mariners’ various editions.
      Also, please note that LNM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

    • LNM: MSIB 60 -18 Right Whale Migration

      Our thanks to Officer Justin Heck for this reminder and update.


      NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE MIGRATION 2018/2019
      Sector Charleston AOR

      The critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, including females with very young calves, may be encountered in offshore and coastal waters of South Carolina and Georgia. Right whales are slow-moving and difficult to detect and are therefore at risk of serious injury or death due to collisions with vessels. Vessel operators are reminded to use caution and proceed at safe speeds in areas used by right whales.

      Compliance with Ship Speed Restriction Rule (50 CFR 224.105)
      Annual mandatory speed restrictions of 10 kts or less are in effect for vessels of 65 feet in length or greater from November 1st through April 30th in the Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Area and November 15th through April 15th in the Southeast Seasonal Management Area (see National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) compliance guide for geographic areas). When operating in active SMAs, in addition to reducing speed to a maximum of 10 kts, vessels should post lookouts trained in spotting right whales, maneuver around whales, and, if practicable, avoid transits in reduced visibility. Federal law prohibits approaching within 500 yards of a right whale (see additional information below). A vessel may operate at a speed necessary to maintain a safe maneuvering speed instead of the required 10 knots only if justified because the vessel is in an area where oceanographic, hydrographic, and/or meteorological conditions severely restrict vessel maneuverability and the need to operate at such speed is confined by the pilot on board or, when a vessel is not carrying a pilot, the master of the vessel. If a deviation is necessary, the following information must be entered in the vessel’s logbook: Reasons for deviation; speed at which vessel operated; latitude and longitude at time of deviation; and time and duration of deviation. The vessel’s Master must attest to the accuracy of the logbook entry by signing and dating it. For information regarding speed restriction areas see “Compliance Guide for Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule” at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/.

      NOAA Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement investigates reported violations of the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act and violations can be prosecuted either civilly or criminally.

      WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting Area
      Commercial ships displacing 300 gross tons and greater are required to report when they enter the WHALESSOUTH Reporting Area. The WHALESSOUTH area extends from the shoreline east to longitude 80°51.6’W with the southern and northern boundaries at latitude 30°00’N and 31°27’N, respectively (See NOAA Chart #11480). The WHALESSOUTH reporting system is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to protect endangered North Atlantic Right Whales by eliminating collisions between the species and large commercial traffic. Since July 1999, the Coast Guard has taken an aggressive approach in educating vessel owners, operators and crews on the proper reporting procedures that must be followed when entering the WHALESSOUTH mandatory reporting area. Agents and masters of vessels entering the ports in the reporting area are encouraged to ensure their vessels make the required notifications. Failure to report the required information may result in civil penalties. Vessels shall make reports in accordance with the format in IMO Resolution A.648 (16) General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/webdam/download/70711138.

      500 Yard Minimum Approach Regulation.
      The Minimum Approach Rule, found at 50 CPR 224.104(c), prohibits approaching or remaining within 500 yards of a right whale. If within 500 yards of a right whale, vessels must steer a course away from the whale and immediately leave the area at a slow safe speed. An exception to this rule is if compliance with the rule would create an imminent threat to a person or vessel. For more information on reducing ship strikes to North Atlantic right whales, go to
      http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/.

      Method for Reporting Strikes, Carcasses, Entanglements, and Sightings:
      Any whale sightings or accidental collisions with a whale should be reported immediately to the Coast Guard on Channel 16 VHF-FM and to NOAA at 877-WHALE-HELP. The following information should be provided:
      1. Location
      2. Date and Time
      3. Speed of the Vessel
      4. Size of the Vessel
      5. Water Depth
      6. Wind Speed and Direction
      7. Description of the Impact
      8. Fate of the Animal
      9. Size, if known

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    • LNM: Causton Bluff Bridge, Single-Leaf Operation, GA AICW Statute Mile 579.9


      GEORGIA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMON SOUND – WILMINGTON RIVER CAUSTON BLUFF (ISLAND EXPWY) SR 26 BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs
      The Island Expressway Bridge at mile 579.9 on the AICW (Wilmington River) in Savannah GA. Experienced damage and is in single leaf operations with a horizontal clearance of 50 feet. The bridge is expected to be in single leaf operations for the next three months while repairs are made. All mariners are requested to proceed with caution. For additional information, please contact Coast Guard Marine Safety unit Savannah at (912) 652-4353

      Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Causton Bluff Bridge

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Causton Bluff Bridge

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    • LNM: North Atlantic Right Whale Advisory

      This Local Notice is a reminder to cruisers who are choosing to go offshore to avoid the ICW shallow spots.

      NORTH CAROLINA – NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE ADVISORY
      THE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED RIGHT WHALE, INCLUDING FEMALES WITH VERY YOUNG CALVES, MAY BE ENCOUNTERED IN OFFSHORE AND COASTAL WATERS. RIGHT WHALES ARE SLOW MOVING AND AT RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH DUE TO COLLISIONS WITH VESSELS. VESSEL OPERATORS ARE REMINDED TO USE CAUTION AND PROCEED AT SAFE SPEEDS IN AREAS USED BY RIGHT WHALES. INTENTIONALLY APPROACHING WITHIN 500 YDS OF A RIGHT WHALE IS PROHIBITED AND IS A VIOLATION OF U.S. LAW. A MINIMUM
      DISTANCE OF 500 YDS MUST BE MAINTAINED FROM A SIGHTED WHALE UNLESS HAZARDOUS TO THE VESSEL OR ITS OCCUPANTS. THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA) RECOMMENDS THAT OPERATORS ASSUME THAT ANY WHALE SIGHTED IS A RIGHT WHALE UNLESS CONFIRMED OTHERWISE. U.S. LAW REQUIRES MOST VESSELS 65FT OR GREATER TO TRAVEL AT SPEEDS OF 10KTS OR LESS IN SEASONAL MANAGEMENT AREAS USED BY RIGHT WHALES WHEN CONSISTENT WITH SAFETY OF NAVIGATION. PLEASE REPORT ALL RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS, COLLISION, OR ENTANGLEMENTS TO 877-WHALE-HELP OR THE COAST GUARD VIA CHANNEL 16. FOR MORE INFO, CONSULT THE U.S. COAST PILOT.

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    • LNM: Mariners and Swimmers Warned of Dangerous Currents

      Mariners, swimmers warned of dangerous weather and rip currents from Tropical Storm Chris

      PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard would like to warn mariners and beachgoers of hazardous weather and sea states that could take place as Tropical Storm Chris makes its way up the east coast.

      Wind, waves and visibility can quickly become problematic for boaters, while the increased sea states leading up to and after a tropical storm can create powerful rip currents.

      Swimmers are urged to only swim at beaches with active duty lifeguards and to follow local advisories at their beach for beach closures and rip currents.

      Recreational and commercial mariners are advised to put safety first and operate within their vessel’s parameters and not to go out in heavy weather.

      “Rip currents are serious risk in the mid-Atlantic. If you head to the beach, pay attention to the local beach advisories and check the weather forecast before you go,” said Mr. Matt Brooks, command duty officer at the 5th District command center. “There have been numerous deaths this year due to rip currents. Swim at a beach with a lifeguard and do not swim after hours.”

      Rip currents are a significant threat along the mid-Atlantic coast, primarily along the southern Outer Banks in North Carolina, in Maryland waterways and off the New Jersey shore.

      The most important safety precaution people should take regarding rip currents is to swim only at beaches where lifeguards are on duty. Lifeguards are highly trained and are the first line of defense when beachgoers are swept away by rip currents. Don’t take the risk of swimming at an unguarded beach.

      The presence of rip currents along our coasts is another reason people should wear life jackets at all times. People who fall overboard boats or overturn paddlecraft could potentially be affected by rip currents, and wearing a life jacket could help save their lives.

      For more information on rip currents, visit: http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Umbrella Creek, off St. Andrew Sound, AICW Statute Mile 686


      Umbrella Creek is part of an alternate route used by cruisers to avoid St. Andrew Sound when the weather acts up. See Umbrella Cut for a description of the alternate route and Jim Healy’s chart of the route below.

      GEORGIA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – UMBRELLA CREEK: Shoaling
      There are reports of shoaling in the vicinity of the following aids to navigation with depths of 1 foot observed at mean low water.
      -Umbrella Creek Daybeacon A8 (LLNR 37435) in position 31-01-15.831N / 081-29-11.183W (31°1.2638N / 081°29.1864W, 31.021064 / -81.486440)
      -Umbrella Creek Daybeacon A9 (LLNR 37440) in position 31-01-12.720N / 081-29-07.980W (31°1.2120N / 081°29.1330W, 31.020200 / -81.485550)
      -Umbrella Creek Daybeacon A10 (LLNR 37443) in position 31-00-59.534N / 081-28-58.680W (31°0.9922N / 081°28.9780W, 31.016537 / -81.482967)
      -Umbrella Creek Daybeacon A11 (LLNR 37445) in position 31-00-57.219N / 081-28-54.698W (31°0.9536N / 081°28.9117W, 31.015894 / -81.481861)
      Chart 11489 LNM 20/18

      Image Courtesy of Jim and Peg Healy

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Northern End of Umbrella Cut

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the AICW’s Passage Across St. Andrew Sound

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    • LNM: Shoaling, Hell Gate Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 602


      This reported shoaling is in the notorious Hell Gate Problem Stretch where the Waterway follows the narrow, man-made canal between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. See https://cruisersnet.net/167918 for a recent report by longtime cruiser, Jim Healy.

      GEORGIA – AICW – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMONS SOUND – VERNON RIVER: Shoaling
      Shoaling was found between Raccoon Key Light 87 (LLNR 36265 [31°51.9875N / 081°4.7065W, 31.866458 / -81.078441]) 31-51-59.248N / 081-04-42.389W (31°51.9875N / 081°4.7065W, 31.866458 / -81.078441) and Hell Gate Buoy 90 (LLNR 36277 [31°51.5635N / 081°5.0342W, 31.859391 / -81.083904]) 31-51-33.806N / 081-05-02.056W (31°51.5635N / 081°5.0342W, 31.859391 / -81.083904) . Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11507 LNM 50/17

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Hell Gate

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Little Mud River Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 655


      Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. This AICW Problem Stretch lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. Cruisers’ Net continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only. This LNM was posted prior to Irma, so conditions may have changed in this Problem Stretch.

      GEORGIA – AICW – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMONS SOUND – LITTLE MUD RIVER: Shoaling
      Shoaling has been reported in Little Mud River between Little Mud River Light 195 (LLNR 36875 [31°19.9368N / 081°19.5191W, 31.332280 / -81.325319]) and Little Mud River Light 190 (LLNR 36865 [31°21.9727N / 081°20.0593W, 31.366211 / -81.334322]) observed depth was 3 feet at MLLW. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11507 LNM 36/17

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Little Mud River

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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    • New Nav Aids in Sapelo River, west of AICW Statute Mile 636, 9/29/2016


      This Local Notice is addendum to a recent Nav Alert for shoaling in this area, /158430, and the new nav aids should help keep you off the bottom. This area of shoaling is developing from the west and north side of the channel. This western portion of the Sapelo River departs the Waterway near Mile 636.

      GEORGIA – SAPELO AND DOBOY SOUNDS – SAPELO RIVER: Severe Shoaling/ Disestablishment and Temporary Establishment of Aids to Navigation.
      3FT at MLW. Water depth between Sapelo River TRUB 5B and Sapelo River TRUB 6 was observed at 4ft MLW. The rest of the channel was observed with 8ft of MLW.
      The following aids have been temporarily disestablished:
      -Sapelo River Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 5900 [31°32.0270N / 081°20.8500W, 31.533783 / -81.347500])
      -Sapelo River Daybeacon 10 (LLNR 5905 [31°31.8490N / 081°21.3510W, 31.530817 / -81.355850])
      The following aids have been temporarily established:
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 5A in position 31-32-43.672N/081-20-31.546W (31°32.7278N / 081°20.5258W, 31.545464 / -81.342096)
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 5B in position 31-32-33.161N/081-20-41.0078W (31°32.5527N / 081°20.6834W, 31.542545 / -81.344724)
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 8 in position 31-32-00.904N/081-21-47.190W (31°32.0150N / 081°21.7865W, 31.533584 / -81.363108)
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 10 in position 31-31-49.809N/081-21-31.431W (31°31.8302N / 081°21.5239W, 31.530503 / -81.358731)

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Sapelo River

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    • CAUTION: Shoaling Reported in Jekyll Creek, AICW Statute Mile 684


      Marker #20A is north of the Jekyll Island Hwy 520 bridge and Marker #25 is below the bridge. Mid to High tide will be required for almost all vessels. Jekyll Creek is home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Jekyll Harbor Marina.

      GEORGIA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – JEKYLL CREEK: Shoaling
      Shoaling was found between Jekyll Creek Daybeacon 20A (LLNR 37346 [31°3.0986N / 081°25.4002W, 31.051643 / -81.423336]) 31-03-05.915N / 081-25-24.009W (31°3.0986N / 081°25.4002W, 31.051643 / -81.423336) and Jekyll Creek Light 25 (LLNR 37360 [31°1.8510N / 081°26.1180W, 31.030850 / -81.435300]) 31-01-51.060N / 081-26-07.080W (31°1.8510N / 081°26.1180W, 31.030850 / -81.435300) with a depth of 3ft at MLW. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11489 LNM 38/16

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Shoaling

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

      CLICK HERE for a detailed report on navigating Jekyll Creek.

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    • Shoaling Reported in Sapelo River, west of AICW Statute Mile 636, 7/6/2016


      This area of shoaling is developing from the west and north side of the channel. This western portion of the Sapelo River departs the Waterway near Mile 636.

      GEORGIA – SAPELO AND DOBOY SOUNDS – SAPELO RIVER: Shoal
      Shoaling reported between Sapelo River DBN 6 (LLNR 5895 [31°32.1970N / 081°20.7660W, 31.536617 / -81.346100]) and Sapelo River DBN 10 (LLNR 5905 [31°31.8490N / 081°21.3510W, 31.530817 / -81.355850]). Depths are reported from 0-6 ft at Mean Low water. Aids to navigation are currently in 0 feet of water. Shoaling protrudes into the channel approximately 20 yards. Channel was found closest to the southern bank with a depth of 6-10 feet at Mean Low water. Chart 11510 LNM 27/16

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Sapelo River

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      1. Wally Moran -  July 8, 2016 - 10:23 pm

        Just reported this shoal? Was it a cruiser, local boater, or the Coast Guard or other qualified observer?

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    • Shoaling Reported in St. Marys River, East of St. Marys, GA, May 13, 2014


      For cruisers wanting to make a side trip to visit historic St. Marys, GA, the St. Marys River departs the Waterway at statute mile 712. This reported shoaling is in the dogleg just a mile east of St. Marys docks. The charted shoal between markers #6 and #8 would suggest that favoring the east side of the channel would be best. For more on the St. Marys River, go to /?p=123715

      GEORGIA AND FLORIDA ‘“ CUMBERLAND SOUND ‘“ FERNANDINA HARBOR TO KINGS BAY – ST MARYS RIVER: Shoaling.
      There is excessive shoaling protruding approximately 15ft into the channel between St Marys DBN 6 (LLNR 6805 [30°42.9620N / 081°32.0850W, 30.716033 / -81.534750]) DBN 8 (LLNR 6810 [30°42.6191N / 081°32.0305W, 30.710318 / -81.533842]). The Coast Guard has re-established St Marys TEMP Buoy 6A in position 30-42-52-379N 081-32-00.613W (30°43.4983N / 081°32.0102W, 30.724972 / -81.533504) . Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11503 LNM 19/14

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Shoaling Site

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Langs Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Langs Marina

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Marys Waterfront Anchorage

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To St. Marys GA

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      1. Jonathan Gorham -  September 3, 2014 - 2:20 pm

        Aha! I KNEW I was in the channel!
        Thanksgiving 2013 we were transiting that very section coming out of St. Mary’s and managed to nick the bottom (In a 26 foot outboard with a 2 foot draft no less) while holding a good line between those two markers.
        Hopefully the repositioning of the markers has fixed that, but as mentioned, there is plenty of water to give those markers a very wide berth.
        MV Top Cat
        Glacier Bay 2670

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    • Offshore Towers a Hazard, South Carolina to Cape Canaveral

      This is a Local Notice to Mariners for our cruising brethren who choose to avoid shallow parts of the Ditch by going offshore. These unlighted towers are roughly 40 nautical miles off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, from St. Catherines Sound to Cumberland Island.

      SEACOAST-SOUTH CAROLINA-GEORGIA-CHARLESTON LIGHT TO CAPE CANAVERAL: Hazard to Navigation.
      There are eight (8) offshore U.S. Navy Aircraft Towers charted as lighted. The towers are not lighted, they are no longer used, not maintained and in very poor condition. The towers pose a hazard to navigation and are slated for removal in the future.
      The Positions of the (8) Towers:
      31 03 00.0N, 80 26 59.4W
      31 22 29.9N, 80 33 59.5W
      31 13 00.1N, 80 06 59.7W
      30 47 59.8N, 80 18 59.9W
      30 56 30.4N, 80 44 59.7W
      31 32 00.1N, 80 14 00.0W
      31 49 00.4N, 80 16 29.5W
      31 37 59.8N, 79 55 30.0W

      Chart 11480

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    • AIR FORCE SYSTEM TESTS, SAVANNAH GEORGIA

      Do not know if this will affect any of you, but just in case…

      LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 22/11
      The U.S. Air Force will be conducting tests and training operations on nationally controlled frequencies between Hunter Army Airfield and Savannah International Airport during the period of June 6-10, 2011. Reduced reception may occur that could interfere with the range of 2900-3100MHz on some USCG radar systems.
      Mariners are urged to exercise caution and transit at their slowest safe speed if affected by any radar range reduction. If this reduction is noted, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Charleston on VHF radio channels 13 or 16 or by phone at (843)740-7050 immediately

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