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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: Opening Restrictions, Wappoo Creek Bridge, June 1-2, SC AICW Statute Mile 470.8


      These closures are to accommodate the heavy road traffic related to a golf tournament on Kiawah Island south of Charleston. With a closed vertical clearance of 33ft, the Wappoo Bridge crosses the Waterway south of the Charleston Harbor. A phone call today confirmed that vessels not requiring an opening may pass under the bridge at any time.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – CASINO CREEK TO BEAUFORT RIVER – SR 171/700 (WAPPOO
      CUT) BRIDGE: Temporary Deviation
      The Coast Guard has authorized the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to temporarily deviate from drawbridge operation regulation 33 CFR 117.911(d) that governs the SR 171/700 (Wappoo Cut) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Wappoo Creek), mile 470.8 at Charleston, South Carolina.
      Under this temporary deviation, the SR 171/700 (Wappoo Cut) Bridge is allowed to remain closed to navigation including tugs and tugs with tows, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. and 3:31 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 to facilitate the US Golf Association Event. From 0930 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. these dates, the draw shall open once an hour, on the half hour. Public vessels of the United States and vessels in distress shall be passed at any time. For Waterways questions, contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 323-7761 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center Line at (843) 740-7050. Ref: LNM 19-19 Chart: 11518

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    • LNM: Dredging Underway in Charleston Harbor, SC AICW Statute Mile 465


      Staging vessels and equipment will be moored in the the commercial anchorage south of the Waterway’s path through Charleston Harbor requiring regular crossings of the Waterway as materials are moved from dredging sites further upstream in the Cooper River.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON HARBOR – COOPER RIVER: Dredge Operations
      Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company have begun mobilization activities in the Charleston Lower Harbor. Operations will occur 24 hours per day – 7 days per week until approximately July 25, 2019. Equipment is being staged dockside in Shipyard Creek and in Commercial Anchorage B. The Mechanical Dredge GL 58 will commence dredging in Shoal 6 (Drum Island Reach) of the Charleston Lower Harbor May 6, 2019. The dredge will work approximately 6 days before moving to Shoal 5 (Myers Bend), Shoal 2 (Lower Town Creek Reach), then Shoal 10 (Daniel Island Reach). Tug NAHOKU will tow scows GL 63 & GL 65 and place the dredged material in the (ODMDS). Tug CAPTAIN DANN will tend the dredge and operate as a backup to the NAHOKU for towing scows. The crew transfer vessel SAGINAW RIVER will transport crew and personnel daily from Great Lakes Dredge Field Office dock in Shipyard Creek located at 32° 49’ 55”N, 79° 56’ 31”W to the location of the Dredge at the time of transfer. Crew and material transfers will occur periodically between all equipment. The survey vessel PEARL RIVER will perform survey operations in all areas of dredging, placement areas, staging area and the ODMDS. Commercial Anchorage B located adjacent to the South Channel and James Island within Charleston Harbor will be utilized throughout the project for staging vessels and waterside equipment, pipeline and pontoons. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. IMPORTANT: All material placement/disposal locations are currently UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Stay clear of all placement areas, depths are shallower than current navigation charts. GLDD POC Matt Paladino (630) 207-9936 (see enclosure section for staging areas and coordinates). Chart 11524 LNM 19/19

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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: NAV ALERT: Partially Submerged Vessel, AICW Statute Mile 401


      This 44ft sunken vessel is just to the west of the Waterway’s channel approaching Georgetown and the fixed Hwy 17 bridge. Ironically, the vessel appears to be in a charted obstruction area.

      Georgetown – Waccamaw River Entrance –

      Sector Charleston received a report of a sunk/partially submerged 44 foot vessel on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of US 17 (Ocean Highway) Bridge. The vessel is approximately 20 yards north of the bridge in GPS position 33-22.05N 079-15.158W (33°22.0500N / 079°15.1580W, 33.367500 / -79.252633) . Two marine salvage airbags and a strobe light are attached to the vessel. Salvage efforts are expected to reconvene on Monday April 8, 2019.

      Vessel master reported hitting a submerged object in this area. A VHF Broadcast Notice to Mariners has been activated for the incident. All Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area.

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      1. J Lundie -  April 9, 2019 - 9:55 am

        Salvage efforts continue for sunken vessel in Waccama River at AICW mm 401 near highway 17 bridge.
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    • LNM: Dredging to Begin, Coquina Harbor Marina Basin, off SC AICW Statute Mile 346


      The entrance to Coguina Harbor exits the Waterway at ICW Marker G 13. The harbor lies north of the Waterway and is home to CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Myrtle Beach Yacht Club.

      SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – LITTLE RIVER TO WINYAH BAY:
      Dredge Operations
      Marcol Dredging will commence dredge operations on or about April 1, 2019 in the Coquina Harbor Marina Basin located in Little River, South Carolina at 33-51-40.08N / 078-38-14.45W (33°51.6680N / 078°38.2408W, 33.861133 / -78.637347) . The work will be performed with Dredge CAPTAIN JOE. The dredge material will be transported through approximately 0.5 miles of pipeline to the Tidewater Confined Disposal Facility (Disposal Area 320 L-B) located adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway at 33-51-18.00N / 078-38-08.01W (33°51.3000N / 078°38.1335W, 33.855000 / -78.635558) . Operations are expected to be completed in 3 months. All vessels transiting the area must maintain
      a safe speed and lookout for the Dredge, pipelines, tugs and workboats. All vessels must monitor VHF 13 and 16 while approaching and passing the dredging activity. For more information, contact the Project Manage, Miles MacQueen (910) 233-6265 or Jack Walker during normal business hours (843) 747-2177 or (843) 708-0956

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      1. Roger Long -  March 25, 2019 - 11:32 am

        I had a nice conversation with the Project Manager since we promised MBYC that we would return from New York and move our boat if necessary. Permitting is not yet complete. Earliest work could begin is two weeks but paperwork could delay that. Dredging will begin at the channel entrance and work back. Slips and marina fairways will be done after the channel is finished so not for a couple weeks after work begins. Don't avoid inquiring about transient slips in this harbor because of this news item. It could be as much as a couple months before there is any significant disruption.

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    • 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: 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

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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: The Port of Charleston is Now Open

      Our thanks to Officer Jeromy Sherrill for this good news notice.


      At 10 a.m. EDT on October 11, 2018 Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston, South Carolina removed Port Condition Yankee. The Port of Charleston is open without restrictions.

      Due to potential effects from Hurricane Michael throughout the Charleston area, mariners are urged to transit with caution considering the possibility of aids to navigation discrepancies or other hazards to navigation.

      For maritime related emergencies, please contact the Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.
      This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston.

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

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    • LNM: MSIB Port Condition Yankee Set for SC Coast

      Due to the threat of high winds Condition Yankee restricts vessel movement within port. The North Carolina coast is now set at condition Zulu.


      At 11:00 p.m. EDT on October 10, 2018 Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston, South Carolina will set Port Condition YANKEE (Modified) for coastal South Carolina. Threatening winds (34 kts/39 mph) from Hurricane Michael are expected along the coast of South Carolina. 

      All oceangoing commercial vessels and oceangoing barges greater than 500 gross tons remaining in port must implement heavy weather mooring plans. Commercial vessel movements within the port are restricted unless authorized by the COTP.

      For Heavy Weather Advisory Group (HWAG) or Waterway specific questions, please contact (843) 323-7761.

      For Facility and Vessel specific questions, please contact (843) 740-3186 or (843) 302-1009.

      For maritime related emergencies, please contact the Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

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

      HURRICANE SEASON PORT CONDITIONS AND CATEGORIES Port Conditions are set by the COTP and are used to alert the maritime community to changes in port operations needed to prepare for the hurricane’s arrival. Approximate Time Port Condition Jun 1 – Nov 30 Seasonal Alert 72 Hrs Whiskey 48 Hrs X-Ray 24 Hrs Yankee 12 Hrs Zulu After Landfall Recovery

      PORT CONDITION WHISKEY: Gale force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) are predicted to arrive within 72 hours. Ports Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION X-RAY: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 48 hours. Port Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION YANKEE: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 24 hours. Ports status: Closed to inbound traffic and vessel traffic control measures in effect on vessel movements within the port.

      PORT CONDITION ZULU: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 12 hours. Ports Status: Closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.

      PORT CONDITION RECOVERY: The storm is no longer a threat to the area, however, some damage may have occurred and response and recovery operations are in progress. Ports status: Reopened to outbound traffic at the completion of the port survey. Vessel traffic control measures remain in effect on vessel movements within the port.

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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



      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Harborwalk Marina

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

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      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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