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    • South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 16-20 Sector Charleston 2020 Hurricane Season

      More reminders and information concerning hurricane procedures during the 2020 season.

      Good afternoon,

      Please find attached MSIB 16-20, “Sector Charleston 2020 Hurricane Season”, addressing Port Conditions and tropical storm force winds (sustained winds of 34 kts/39 mph or greater) from a tropical cyclone threatening  South Carolina.

      MSIB 16-20 Sector Charleston 2020 Hurricane Season

      Very Respectfully,

      LT Chad Ray
      USCG Sector Charleston
      Waterways Management Div., Chief

      (843) 323-7761

       

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    • NEW UPDATE: NAV ALERT: LNM: Shifting Wreck, Savannah River Entrance, near AICW Statute Mile 576


      This wreck is north of the Tybee Roads section of the Savannah River Inlet shipping channel. Our thanks to Ted Arisaka and Officer Jeromy Sherrill for this latest information and to Ted for this updated chart shot.

      3/20/20

      I found the answer to my own question as I see ATON “Calibogue Sound Entrance – Lighted Buoy 3” (Light Number 4685) has been relocated per Light List corrected through LNM week 11/20: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lightLists/weeklyUpdates/v3d07WeeklyChanges.pdf
      Below I have charted the former G3 location (faded) and the current G3 location.
      I believe this will help lessen the chance for a collision with the submerged wreck in nearby waters.
      Interestingly the G3 Calibogue Entrance Buoy relocation shows up on NOAA RNC’s but not yet on NOAA ENC’s, which is the opposite of what I would expect.  Here they are side by side:
      I will be reporting this to NOAA.
      Thank you,
      Ted Arisaka

      2/7/20
      FYI, the charted position [Wk] of the submerged wreck has been updated on the NOAA Charts – both RNC and ENC. USCG agrees that G3 and R2 would bring mariners too close to the vicinity of the wreck and told me yesterday they plan to move them.
      In the meantime, please alert your mariners transiting in these waters of the need to update their charts.
      Attached is are screen grabs showing the current positions on RNC and ENC charts. I will post on the FB page as well.
      Ted Arisaka

      2/6/20
      Good morning Mr. Arisaka,
      I just check NOAA chart #11512 and the updated wreck position is charted. If the wreckage isn’t on the current ENC it will be updated with the next LNM. Regarding the pair of ATON in the area (GS and R2), a Coast Guard ATON team conducted a survey yesterday and agrees that current position of the ATON could cause mariners to sail into a navigational hazard. The two ATON are scheduled to reposition soon to guide mariners around the area.
      Thank you for your concern and assistance,

      Jeromy Sherrill, MSTC

      2/5/20
      Dear Chief Sherrill,
      Many thanks for your update that got published on Cruisers Net about this shifting wreck. These are my home waters as a recreational boater on Hilton Head Island.

      https://cruisersnet.net/lnm-shifting-wreck-savannah-river-entrance-near-aicw-statute-mile-576/

      I did see it in LNM Week 45 thru Week 53 on page 40:
      https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm07532019.pdf

      but as of 2020 Week 1 I see no mention of it anymore.
      https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm07012020.pdf

      The report indicated it had been marked, but my friend who departed these waters southbound on 1/29/20 reported seeing no marker in that area.

      As it is no longer in the LNM and there seems to no longer be a marker on the submerged wreck, I was wondering if it had been cleared?

      Thanks and Best Regards,
      Ted Arisaka

      Mr. Arisaka,
      Thank you for the information. The submerged wreck as not been cleared. The owner of the wreckage has not maintained the physical marker on the water. However, the new position has been updated on the NOAA chart and notifications regarding the navigation hazard have been distributed to boaters in the area.
      I was unaware that the wreck was removed from the LNM. I provided the LNM office with the new information and it should be back on the next LNM publication. Thank you for pointing that out.
      Regards,

      Jeromy Sherrill, MSTC
      U.S. Coast Guard
      Sector Charleston

      MSIB 01-20 Shipwreck Navigation Hazard Between Tybee Island, GA and Hilton Head, SC Near Savannah River Entrance. 
      On December 19, 2019, a commercial fishing vessel travelling from Calibogue Sound, SC towards Tybee Island, GA, struck an underwater wreck and quickly sank. Fortunately, all crewmembers were rescued. The accident followed another incident that occurred on November 3, 2019 when a recreational yacht struck the same wreck resulting in damage to the hull and propellers. Following the November incident, NOAA conducted a survey of the area and determined the position of the wreck and marked it on the NOAA navigation charts. The U.S. Coast Guard belives this wreck is the same as a steel-hulled commercial fishing vessel that sank in 2017 and was previously charted in the same area at position Latitude 32˚ 03.176’ N; Longitude 080˚ 49.839’ W. The wreck appears to have shifted approximately 700 yards to the Northeast into deeper water sometimes transited by vessels and is now located at Latitude 32˚ 03.480’ N; Longitude 080˚ 49.560’ W. The NOAA survey determined the wreck is completely submerged and extends from up to four feet below the surface.

      Although the current position is marked, vessel operators transiting the area are reminded to update to the latest NOAA navigation chart, exercise caution, proceed at safe speeds, and remain aware the vessel may shift positions in the future. Any accidental allisions with the wreck should be reported immediately to the Coast Guard on Channel 16 VHF-FM or Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

      Sherrill, Jeromy N MSTC”

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      1. Ted Arisaka -  January 30, 2020 - 8:00 am

        Friends of our were appreciative of this alert as they made their way south from Hilton Head Island going outside. However, they reported to me that there was no visible markers indicating wreck location.

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      2. Ted Arisaka -  January 24, 2020 - 11:39 am

        This is how I usually go to and come back from sea. I was aware of the wreck and transited on 11/17/19 and saw no sign of the wreck, but had a +7.6ft tide. I have shared this news w/some of my fellow mariners.
        It’s now in a bad place as mariners may try to “line up” with the two ATONs that almost create a “gate”. I typically don’t honor the green ATON as there is plenty of water to its West, but if you just look at the ATON placement one could conclude they want you to really pass between the red and green,,,

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    • LNM: Dive Operations, Calibogue Sound, SC AICW Statute Mile 563


      Buck Island is on the eastern shore of Calibogue Sound north of Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Stay on the west side of the Waterway clear of the dive barge and observe No Wake speed.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMONS SOUND – CALIBOGUE SOUND: Dive Operations
      Crofton Diving Corp will be working on a faulted submarine cable in Calibogue Sound off Buck Island and Brams Point, in Hilton Head, SC. They will be utilizing a small 20ft by 40ft barge on a four-point anchor with divers working over the side. Operations will be out of the navigable channel within 150ft of Bram Point. Vessels are requested to answer a slow bell and proceed with NO-WAKE in the area within 500ft of the barge platform. Operations begin June 26 until approximately July 8, 2019. The crew will monitor VHF channel 16. For more information, contact the Project Manager, Eric Mullen at (757) 397-1131. Chatr 11507 LNM 26/19

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    • LNM: Updates on Now-Raised Vessel in Waccamaw River, SC AICW Statute Mile 401


      Well Done USCG! Our thanks to Officer Justin Heck for these updates and charts. See Partially Submerged Vessel for the original Local Notice/NAV ALERT. If you get a photo of the salvage equipment, please send it to us!

      4/15/ Georgetown – Waccamaw River Entrance –

      The Marine Contractor successfully removed the underwater obstruction, and the dive survey team confirmed no other debris was on bottom in the immediate area of the wreckage (33-22.05N 079-15.158W). Mariners are reminded to report Aids to Navigation discrepancies (missing, damaged, extinguished or off-station), shoaling or hazard to navigation and bridge discrepancies (including lighting) to the nearest Coast Guard Sector.

      For South Carolina and Georgia waters, coastal and tributaries contact COAST GUARD SECTOR CHARLESTON (843) 740-7050.
      For North Carolina waters, coastal and tributaries contact COAST GUARD SECTOR NORTH CAROLINA at (910) 343-3882.

      4/13/19 Georgetown – Waccamaw River Entrance –

      Salvage equipment is currently mobilized on location.  Removal of the vessel is expected by night fall on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Mariners are reminded to use caution while transiting the area.

      4/12/19 Georgetown – Waccamaw River Entrance –

      Mobilization of salvage equipment is currently taking place and removal is expected by Sunday, April 14, 2019. Mariners are reminded to use caution while transiting the area.

      Please find attached images which are related to the vessels current position, 33-22.05N 079-15.158W (33°22.0500N / 079°15.1580W, 33.367500 / -79.252633) .


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      1. Jim Lundie -  April 15, 2019 - 3:35 pm

        As of this morning [4/15/19] a tow boat and crane barge were on site raising the vessel.
        Jim Lundie

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    • LNM: Update: Missing Mariner Found, Charleston Harbor, SC AICW Statute Mile 466


      See Sunken Vessel for related information. 

      4/12 3:00 UPDATE: Coast Guard locates missing dredge mariner near Charleston 

      CHARLESTON, S.C. — Coast Guard crews suspended their search Friday for a missing mariner near Charleston Harbor after locating the mariner’s body near Orangegrove Creek.

      The mariner went missing after a dredge workboat capsized Thursday evening.

      Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received notification from a fisherman that they found at approximately 7:50 a.m. Watchstanders diverted Coast Guard crews to the location but were unable to recover the mariner due to water depth. Charleston County Sheriff’s used an airboat to reach him. 

      “While the response was immediate and involved eight agencies, we were ultimately unable to locate the mariner in time. Our condolences go out to the family, friends, and coworkers dealing with this heartbreaking loss,” said Capt. John Reed, commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston. 

      Coast Guard rescue crews were composed of an Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Helicopter crew and three Station Charleston response boat crews. Crews searched throughout the night and conducted first light searches. 

      Other agencies involved with the search were Charleston City FireNorth Charleston FireCharleston Police, Mount Pleasant PoliceMount Pleasant FireCharleston County Sheriffs, and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

      The cause of the incident is under investigation.

      4/12 11:30am Latest Report
      U.S. Coast Guard: Search for missing mariner resumes near Charleston harbor
      ABC News4

      Coast Guard, partner agencies search for missing mariner after dredge workboat capsizes near Charleston

      Search Area Char 

      Editor’s Note: Click on images to download a high-resolution version.

      CHARLESTON, S.C. — Coast Guard and partner agency crews are searching for a missing mariner after a dredge workboat capsized near Charleston Harbor Thursday.

      Two mariners were on the workboat when it capsized, one was recovered by the dredge. 

      Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders were notified at  9:51 p.m, Thursday, the Dredge Brunswick was towing a workboat with two mariners that capsized. A Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Helicopter crew and two Station Charleston response boat crews searched throughout the night and are currently conducting first light searches.

      Other agencies involved with the search are Charleston City FireNorth Charleston FireCharleston Police,Charleston County Sheriffs and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

      The cause of the incident is under investigation.

      The vessel’s owner is coordinating salvage. 

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    • LNM: Severe Shoaling, Isle of Palms, Problem Stretch SC AICW 460


      This stretch of shoaling north of the Ben Sawyer Bridge has been a Problem Stretch for some time with numerous warnings in the past. Cruisers Net continues to advise mid to high tide passage only. See also Warning.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – CASINO CREEK TO BEAUFORT RIVER – WINYAH BAY – CHARLESTON HARBOR: Severe Shoaling.
      There is severe shoaling at low-tide depths of 2ft across the AICW in the vicinity of Isle of Palms between Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 117A (LLNR 34510.5) 32-47-11.607N / 079-48-33.383W (32°47.1935N / 079°48.5564W, 32.786558 / -79.809273) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 119 (LLNR 34520) 32-46-49.809N / 079-49-23.561W (32°46.8301N / 079°49.3927W, 32.780502 / -79.823211) . Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11518 LNM 47/18

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For North of Ben Sawyer Bridge

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

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      1. Mike Holleman -  December 3, 2018 - 7:43 pm

        Went through this section of the ICW today, mid tide rising. Did not find depths below 6 feet. However MM 430 through 440 was touch and go. 3 to 5 feet for several miles. This was at low tide.

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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: Carolina Yacht Club Wild Oyster Lightning Regatta, Oct 20-21, Charleston Harbor, Charleston SC, AICW Statute Mile 465

      The race course for this regatta will parallel a portion of the Waterway west of the Waterway’s entrance into the eastern shore of the Charleston Harbor. NO WAKE is the call for this passage through Charleston Harbor! Note that the Lightning sailboat is a fast boat capable of rapid bursts of speed, so keep a sharp watch through the race course. Our thanks to Officer Jeromy Sherrill for this notice.

      The Carolina Yacht Club Wild Oyster Lightening Regatta will be held October 20 and 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The race course is located south of Castle Pickney in the area charted as Middle Ground. The regatta consist of approximately 40 small sailboats and 10 safety boats. 

      Mariners are urged to plan transits accordingly to avoid unnecessary disruptions. The event coordinator will be on scene and will be monitoring VHF channels 74 / 13.   

      For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843)323-7761, or our 24-hour Command Center Line at (843)740-7050.

       

       

       Respectfully, 

      Jeromy Sherrill, MSTC

      U.S. Coast Guard

      Sector Charleston

      843-740-3186 x3325

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    • LNM: SC DOT Operational Bridges Returned to Normal Service

      Our thanks to Officer Sherrill for this good news.


      The South Carolina Department of Transportation has concluded their Operational Bridge Heavy Weather Plan. As a result, the bridges listed below have returned to normal service. MSIB 48-18 Operational Bridge Closures – Coast South Carolina is cancelled.

      Beaufort County
      -Harbor River
      -Lady’s island

      Charleston County
      -Wappoo
      -Ashley River
      -Ben Sawyer

      Horry County
      -Socastee
      -Little River

      Jeromy Sherrill, MSTC
      U.S. Coast Guard
      Sector Charleston
      843-740-3186 x3325

      For additional information regarding the bridge closures log onto the South Carolina Department of Transportation website at http://www.scdot.org, or call 1-855-GO-SCDOT (1-855-467-2368).

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    • LNM: Safety Zone Lifted, Upper Waccamaw River, off the Waterway

      These waters of upstream Waccamaw River are west of the ICW in Conway, SC. Due to the extraordinary flooding in the area, extreme caution must be exercised due to submerged and partially submerged debris in the channels.

      WACCAMAW RIVER SAFETY ZONE
      CONWAY, SC

      The Captain of the Port Charleston (COTP) has removed the temporary safety zone on the waters of the Waccamaw River in the vicinity of the Santee-Cooper ash pond in Conway, SC. State and Federal authorities have determined that the potential hazards associated with and resulting from high waters of the Waccamaw River are no longer present in the area. The safety zone that covered all navigable waters of the Waccamaw River between U. S. Business Highway 501 and U. S. Highway 501 in Conway, SC will no longer be enforced.

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    • MSIB: AICW NO-WAKE Restrictions, Georgetown to Little River, SC

      Due to high water levels in marinas and homes, NO WAKE all along the Waterway should be the order of the day. Respect others and SLOW DOWN!!

      THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A SAFETY ADVISORY AND NO WAKE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ATLANTIC INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY IN THE VICINITY OF GEORGETOWN, SC TO LITTLE RIVER, SC. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL MARINERS CONSIDER HIGH WATER STAGES, CURRENT AND DRIFT WHEN PREPARING TO TRANSIT IN THIS AREA. MARINERS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO REDUCE WAKE IN DEVELOPED AREAS TO PROTECT AND MINIMIZE DAMAGE TO HOMES AND OTHER STRUCTURES.

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    • LNM: Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee Recognized as Nation’s Best


      Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee recognized as Nation’s best

      CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) was recognized Monday as AMSC of the Year at in Charleston.

      After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the president signed into effect the Maritime Transportation Security Act, which required the establishment of AMSCs. The 43 AMSCs throughout the U.S. strive to enhance communication between port stake-holders within federal, state and local agencies to foster a culture of security, both traditional and cyber, within the port environment.

      The Charleston AMSC serves as the foundation of security within the Port of Charleston. Due to collective planning, highly effective communication, working relationships and unity of effort, the Charleston AMSC has been selected as the AMSC of the year. The Charleston AMSC is receiving this recognition due to their cutting-edge collaborative approach to cybersecurity in the intermodal environment and their participation in numerous multi-agency operations that dramatically improved security within the Port of Charleston.

      “When you consider our committee competed against ports like New York and Los Angeles, being selected as the preeminent AMSC in the Nation is a direct reflection of the commitment our partners have to ensure the Port of Charleston remains safe and secure,” said Capt. John Reed, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Sector Charleston. “I am amazed daily at our partner’s commitment to protecting our homeland and their unwavering willingness to collaborate on all levels to ensure absolute success.”

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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: Fireworks Safety Zones, SC Coast

      If you plan to view a fireworks display afloat, please see REMINDER for warnings concerning spectator navigation during night-time programs. Our thanks to Officer Miller, Charleston Sector, for this notice.


                      Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.  All waters within a 500 yard radius around Veterans Pier,
                      where the fireworks will be launched, located in Murrells Inlet, SC at approximate
                      position 33°33’23″N, 79°01’48″W.  This safety zone will be enforced from 8:45 p.m.
                      until 10:15 p.m. on July 4, 2018.

                      North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. All waters within a 500 yard radius around Cherry
                      Grove Pier, where the fireworks will be launched, located on the Atlantic Ocean at approximate
                      position 33°49’38″N, 78°37’54″W. This safety zone will be enforced from 9:15 p.m. until
                      10:15 p.m. on July 4, 2018.

                      Charleston, South Carolina. All waters within a 500 yard radius around the barge from
                      which the fireworks will be launched, located on the Cooper River, near the USS Yorktown
                      at approximate position 32°47’33″N, 79°54’35″W. This safety zone will be enforced from
                      8:15 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. on July 4, 2018.

                      North Charleston, SC. All waters within a 500 yard radius around the barge from which the fireworks
                      will be launched, located on the Cooper River, at River Front Park in approximate position 32°51’57″N,                          79°57’35″W.
                      This safety zone will be  enforced from 9:45p.m. until 11:15 p.m. on July 4, 2018.

      No one shall enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the safety zone unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative.

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    • LNM: Shoaling Survey, Sampit River, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


      Georgetown, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a must stop of Waterway cruisers and caution is called for when entering the harbor channel off Sampit Point.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – WINYAH BAY – SAMPIT POINT: Shoaling
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of extreme shoaling and a possible hazard to navigation in the entrance to the Steel Mill Channel. See below for the USACOE survey of the area. Chart 11532 LNM 24/18



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      1. Thomas Hale -  June 15, 2018 - 7:46 pm

        This channel is not heavily used by cruisers. The sonar charts are pretty clear on the water depths. I surveyed this area for Navionics in May of 2017 . Not sure how to attach a screen shot picture of the chart of the whole basin.

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    • LNM: Major Dredging Project Underway, Charleston Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 465

      This dredging to increase channel depth to 52ft has been in the planning for years and is intended to make Charleston docks accessible to the larger container ships now navigating the expanded Panama Canal. The east/west Waterway crosses the shipping channel on the eastern side of the harbor. Our thanks to Officer Heck for this notice.

      The Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project is a multi-year dredge operation that will deepen the harbor and entrance channel from its current authorized depth of 45 (47) feet below mean low low-water (MLLW) to the new authorized depth of 52 (54) MLLW (Entrance Channel).

      Dredge operations are expected to start on March 2, 2018 with the hopper dredge “TERRAPIN ISLAND” working in the Entrance Channel. Hopper work will take place between December 1 and March 31 each year ending March 31, 2020.

      Additionally, several other dredge platforms and associated tug & barge configurations are expected to start dredging on April 15, 2018. This work will also be performed in the entrance channel and is expected to continue thru September 2021.

      For on-scene communications, mariners are advised to contact the Dredges “TERRAPIN ISLAND”, “NEW YORK”, “TEXAS”, or “CAROLINA” on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. For more details, please contact Great Lakes Dredge and Dock at (561) 758-2872.

      This MSIB can be viewed at www.homeport.uscg.mil. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 323-7761 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050.

      Regards,

      Justin Heck
      Sector Charleston
      Waterways Management Division
      P: 843-740-3184
      C: 843-323-7761

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    • MSIB: UPDATE 7 to Safety Zone, Carolina Bays Bridge, Socastee, SC AICW Statute Mile 372


      Another change of dates. At least there is very little boat traffic here in January and we are lucky that Officer Heck has a direct contact with the construction company which allows him to get these notifications right away. Thank you Office Heck! This 65ft high-rise fixed bridge was begun in April of 2014 and will cross the Waterway just south of the two new high-rise bridges at Socastee. See /135939 for background on this bridge.

      Good Morning,

      Sector Charleston received schedule change notice from contractor in charge of Carolina Bays Parkway Project. New dates noted below.

      UPDATE #7: Date change notification.

      The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone during overhead construction activities related to the Carolina Bays Parkway Project (SC-31) located in Socastee, SC. A 200-yard safety zone will be established on the Atlantic
      Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) in the vicinity of mile marker 372.3 encompassing all waters directly under the SC-31 project as well as vessels and machinery associated with construction efforts. Enforcement will take place during overhead construction activities on the dates listed below. Entry of vessels or persons into the safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or a designated representative.
      Mariners are urged to plan transits accordingly to avoid unnecessary disruptions. Project site can be found on NOAA Chart 11534-Myrtle Grove Sound and Cape Fear River to Casino Creek. Location currently noted as “Bridge Under Construction”.
      Dates:
      January 16, 2018 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      The Coast Guard will provide notice of any date or time changes to the regulated area by Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Marine Safety Information Bulletins and on-scene designated representatives.
      This MSIB can be viewed at www.homeport.uscg.mil. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843)323-7761 or the sector’s 24-hour Command Center Line at (843)740-7050.
      Regards,
      Justin Heck
      Sector Charleston
      Waterways Management Division
      P: 843-740-3184
      F: 843-740-3189

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    • LNM: New Opening Schedule, US 17 Bridge, Ashley River, Charleston, SC off AICW Statute Mile 469


      US 17 Bridge over the Ashley is not a Waterway bridge and its schedule will affect only those wanting to explore the upper Ashley River and whose air draft can clear the 51ft fixed vertical clearance bridge immediately downriver of the twin US 17 bascule bridge. These modifications, which limit openings to between 9AM and 4PM, will be greatly appreciated by James Island motorists such as yours truly!

      SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON HARBOR – ASHLEY RIVER – US 17 BRIDGE: Final Rule
      SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is modifying the operating schedule that governs the US17 Highway Bridges (Ashley River Bridges), across the Ashley River, miles 2.4 and 2.5, in Charleston, SC. This rule requires a bridge tender to be present during daytime hours only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for on signal openings. All other times a 12 hour advanced notification is required. This modification provides relief to vehicle traffic congestion with minimal effect on navigation.
      DATES: This rule is effective January 16, 2018
      ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Type USCG-2016-0776 in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH.” Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking.
      FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or e-mail LT Justin Heck, Coast Guard Sector Charleston, SC, Waterways Management Division; telephone 843-740-3184, e-mail justin.c.heck@uscg.mil.
      Chart 11524 LNM 51/17

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    • Reminder of Shoaling in Problem Stretch south of McClellanville, AICW Statute Miles 430-433


      The waterway south of McClellanville has been shoaling for years and as the LNM reports below, funds are not available for dredging. SSECN recommends mid to high tide for passage through this section.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – CASINO CREEK TO BEAUFORT RIVER – WINYAH BAY-CHARLESTON HARBOR: Shoaling Extended.

      Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Light 35 (LLNR 34235 [33°4.6474N / 079°27.5501W, 33.077457 / -79.459168]) and Daybeacon 42 (LLNR 34260 [33°3.3526N / 079°30.4338W, 33.055877 / -79.507230]). The reporting source also indicates that the depth of the water between Winyah Bay-Charleston Light 38 (LLNR 34245 [33°3.9434N / 079°29.0818W, 33.065723 / -79.484696]) and Daybeacon 42 (LLNR 34260 [33°3.3526N / 079°30.4338W, 33.055877 / -79.507230]) is approximately 4ft; however the depth is charted at 7ft. The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11518 LNM 37/16

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

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

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      1. Phil Mullins -  September 16, 2016 - 1:22 pm

        Just came through the McClellanville problem in a 5 ft. draft sail and ran aground 4 times at 2 hrs before low tide. The worst part is a 2 mile stretch between Jeremy Creek and ICW marks 39 and 40 headed south. Mid to rising tide is a must when transiting this area.

        Phil Mullins
        S/V Katash
        Isle of Palms, SC

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