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Archive For: –LNTM Northern Gulf News

  • Announcement: Northern Gulf 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 the waters of the Northern Gulf from Carrabelle, Florida to New Orleans. 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 LNTM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

  • LNM: Lighted Boat Parade, Dec 10, 2017, Destin, FL


    Destin Harbor is at the western end of Choctawatchee Bay. As with all night time navigation, a sharp lookout and slow, no-wake speed are required, especially for spectator boats when departing the area. The minutes immediately following a boat parade are a very dangerous time for small craft.

    FL – DESTIN HARBOR – Boat Parade
    Destin History and Fishing Museum will be conducting its annual lighted boat parade in Destin Harbor on December 10, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The parade will begin in Destin Harbor and end just south of the William T. Marler Bridge. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11385 LNM 47/17

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

  • LNM: GPS Testing, Northern Florida Gulf

    This GPS testing is in the area of Fort Walton Beach, FL.

    FL – GPS TESTING
    On the below dates GPS testing will be conducted centered in approximate position 30-32-50.56N 086-39-03.59W, Okaloosa County, Florida. The impact radius is approximately 186 nautical miles:
    December 2, 2017, from 0400Z until 1000Z and 1300Z until 1900Z.
    December 4-6, 2017, from 0400Z until 1000Z and 1300Z until 1900Z.
    December 8-15, 2017, from 0400Z until 1000Z and 1300Z until 1900Z.
    The GPS navigation signal may be unreliable due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems. Systems that rely on GPS, such as E-911, AIS and DSC, may be affected. More information is available at the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center web site www.navcen.uscg.gov . During this period, GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that they may experience to the Navigation Information Service (NIS) by calling (703) 313-5900 or by using the NAVCEN web site to submit a GPS problem report. LNM 47/17

  • LNM: Unified Command begins removal process for vessels displaced in Florida by Hurricane Irma

    See also 1300 Boats Displaced

    united states coast guard

     

    Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Moehler inputs the location and condition of displaced vessel into his phone at Vaca Marina in Marathon, Florida, Sept. 27, 2017. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members are working together to assess and report the pollution potential of vessels displaced or sunken as a result of Hurricane Irma. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rene Pena.  A sailboat displaced by Hurricane Irma is hoisted near the Fleming Key Bridge in Key West, Florida, Sept. 28, 2017. Members of the Coast Guard and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducted assessments and formulated a plan to raise the vessel without presenting a danger to the environment or responders on scene.   Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Freeman prepares a tracking sticker for a displaced vessel at Vaca Marina in Marathon, Florida, Sept. 27, 2017. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members are working together to assess and report the pollution potential of vessels displaced or sunken as a result of Hurricane Irma. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rene Pena.

     

    MIAMI — The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, a Unified Command consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, has initiated removal efforts prioritizing vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma which are actively polluting or creating a hazard to navigation to traffic in the area. READ MORE!

    The Unified Command consists of U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. JoAnne Hanson serving as Incident Commander, Mr. Benjamin Franco, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Incident Commander, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Capt. David Schaeffer as State On-Scene Coordinator and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Environmental Administrator Kent Edwards as State On-Scene Coordinator.

    “The expanse of coastline affected by Hurricane Irma is logistically challenging,” said Hanson. “Having partners like the FWC, FDEP and EPA as part of the leadership of this response gives us the local knowledge and resources necessary to form an effective response to this situation.”

    Currently, response teams are conducting assessments of the most affected areas to include the ports and waterways from Jacksonville, Florida to Miami, Key West, and around to St. Petersburg and responding to instances of pollution or released hazardous material as they are reported.

    As the Florida Keys open for tourism on Oct. 1, visitors are encouraged to stay away from vessels displaced as a result of Hurricane Irma. Hundreds of the vessels damaged or sunken as a result of the storm present a hazard to health and safety. Boaters in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma are advised to transit with all due caution and report hazards to the Coast Guard Sector Key West command center at 305-292-8727 or305-292-8729.

     A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart displays the geographic area encompassed by the Miami Branch of the ESF 10 response to Hurricane Irma and the points of concern being addressed in that area. Miami Branch: 22 personnel

    • Vessels assessed: 207
    • Vessels removed by citizens: 48
    • Crews have successfully mitigated pollution from a leaking motor yacht and are enacting a plan for removal.
    A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart displays the geographic area encompassed by the St. Petersburg Branch of the ESF 10 response to Hurricane Irma and the points of concern being addressed in that area.  St. Petersburg Branch: 18 personnel

    • Vessels assessed: 185
    • Vessels removed by citizens: 46
    • A plan to remove 10 displaced vessels at Goodland Bay and three displaced vessels from Hurricane Bay in Fort Myers is being developed.
    A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart displays the geographic area encompassed by the Jacksonville Branch of the ESF 10 response to Hurricane Irma and the points of concern being addressed in that area.  Jacksonville Branch: 13 personnel

    • Vessels assessed: 99
    • Vessels removed by citizens: 19
    • Oil Spill Response Organizations are booming off two vessels at the Bill Dye Marina after an oil sheen was observed by assessment teams emanating from two vessels.
    A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart displays the geographic area encompassed by the Florida Key Branch of the ESF 10 response to Hurricane Irma and the points of concern being addressed in that area.  Key West Branch: 53 personnel

    • Vessels assessed: 364
    • Vessels removed by citizens: 3
    • A sailboat has been removed near the Fleming Key Bridge.
    • Pollution mitigation continues as vessels determined to be leaking hazardous materials are identified.

    “The assessment portion of our response is ongoing, but we’ve reached a point where we can begin facilitating the removal of vessels in a manner that is both safe for our responders, while having minimal impact on the environment,” said Franco. “As in previous stages of our response, our priority continues to be the well being of our responders and the Florida citizens affected by Hurricane Irma.”

    The ESF 10 is the framework by which federal support is coordinated with state agencies in response to actual or potential oil spills or hazardous material releases. Partner agencies, including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are contributing expertise and experience to the assessment efforts.

  • LNM: Shoaling, Northern GWW, Statute Mile 273


    This shoaling is in the Northern Gulf Waterway which exits the northwest corner of West Bay.

    FL – GIWW – WEST BAY Channel – Shoaling
    Shoaling has been reported in West Bay Channel in the vicinity of the HWY 79 Bridge between West Bay Buoy 32 (LLNR-31365) and West Bay Buoy 34 (LLNR-31375), encroaching approximately 30 feet into the channel along the north edge. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 11385, 11390 23/17

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

  • LNM: Offshore Testing, Southwest of Panama City, FL, Northern Gulf

    These long term tests will occur 39 miles southwest of Panama City until the end of this year. Obviously, offshore cruisers will need to steer clear!

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – U.S. Navy Testing READ MORE!


    Commencing February 28, 2017 and continuing until approximately December 31, 2017, the U.S. Navy will be conducting inert underwater mine and Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) destructor testing in the Gulf of Mexico, in an area approximately 39 nautical miles southwest of the Panama City Pass. The inert mine destructors are silver and orange, 3 feet long, 6 inches in diameter and weighs approximately 2 pounds in water, while weighing 35 pounds in air. Inert mine bottom shapes and inert miner destructors will be deployed, operated and tested in the below
    test areas during this period. AMNS testing will consist of surface ship operations to include the following: R/V SEWEE or R/V PATRIOT and Project Support Crafts (PSC) 02, 03, 05 or PSC 11; however, additional R/Vs may be added in the future. It is requested that all vessels maintain a one nautical mile CPA of all vessels while operations are in progress. All U.S. Navy / U.S. Navy contracted AMNS support vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact Mr. Robertson at (850) 230-7698. The corners of the test areas are as follows:
    Test Area A:
    29-56-25.20N 085-54-36.00W,
    29-58-55.20N 085-54-36.00W,
    29-58-55.20N 085-51-42.60W and
    29-56-25.20N 085-51-42.60W.
    Test Area B:
    29-45-25.20N 086-21-49.80W,
    29-47-01.20N 086-21-49.80W,
    29-47-01.20N 086-19-52.80W and
    29-45-25.20N 086-19-52.80W.
  • Possible Nav Aid Damage from Hermine

    The local notice below is standard USCG procedure, but caution is still the proper watchword. Of course, such nav aid damage may well extend all along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA – FLORIDA
    DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE HERMINE, AIDS TO NAVIGATION, STRUCTURES OR PLATFORMS MAY BE DAMAGED, DESTROYED OR SUBMERGED. LIGHTED AND UNLIGHTED BUOYS MAY MOVE FROM ASSIGNED POSITIONS, BE DAMAGED, EXTINGUISHED, SINK, OR OTHERWISE MADE INOPERATIVE. MARINERS SHOULD NOT RELY COMPLETELY UPON THE POSITION OR OPERATION OF AN AID TO NAVIGATION IN THESE AREAS, BUT SHOULD ALSO EMPLOY SUCH OTHER METHODS OF DETERMINING POSITION AS MAY BE AVAILABLE. WRECKS AND SUBMERGED OBSTRUCTIONS MAY MOVE FROM CHARTED LOCATIONS AND PIPELINES MAY BECOME UNCOVERED OR MOVE DUE TO THE FORCE OF STORM SURGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND REPORT ALL AIDS TO NAVIGATION DISCREPANCIES TO THE NEAREST COAST GUARD UNIT. LNM 36/16

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