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    • VA to NC 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 Virginia to North 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: Great Bridge Lock Repair Closures, Mar 20-June 7, VA AICW Statute Mile 11.5


      Great Bridge Lock is located in Great Bridge, VA. Your alternate southbound ICW route during these 12hr closures will be the Dismal Swamp Canal which departs the Waterway at statute mile 7.2. Your northbound alternate would be northeast up the Pasquatank River to Elizabeth City and into the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal. Contact information for further details is listed below.


      SEC HR BNM 059-19

      VIRGINIA – ELIZABETH RIVER – GREAT BRIDGE LOCKS

      MARINERS ARE ADVISED THE GREAT BRIDGE LOCKS WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION ON THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIMES DUE TO ONGOING MAINTENANCE WORK. BEGINNING MARCH 20, 2019, THE GREAT BRIDGE LOCKS WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION FROM 7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM. BETWEEN MARCH 25 THROUGH MARCH 28, 2019 DIVERS WILL BE INSTALLING NEW HARDWARE ON THE SOUTH AND WEST END REQUIRING CLOSURE FROM 7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM ON ALL FOUR DAYS. THE FINAL CLOSURE WILL TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 10 AND 11, 2019 FROM 7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM BOTH DAYS. OCCASIONAL DELAYS TO NAVIGATION ARE EXPECTED FROM APRIL 15, 2019 UNTIL JUNE 7, 2019 IN SUPPORT OF CRANE OPERATIONS WITHIN THE LOCKS. THE HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE OF THE LOCK WILL BE LIMITED TO 70 FEET DURING THESE REPAIRS. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO PROVIDE A LARGE BERTH TO THE WORK AREA WHICH WILL BE MARKED WITH A YELLOW SAFETY BEAM ON THE LOCK WALL. FOLLOW-ON ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE WITH EXACT TIMES OF FINAL REMOVAL AND RELOCATION OF THE COFFERDAM IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE SOMETIME IN JUNE. THOSE PLANNING TO USE THIS ROUTE CAN CONTACT THE GREAT BRIDGE LOCK OPERATOR AT 757-547-3311 OR REFER TO THE LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS FOR ADDITONAL INFORMATION. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE AREA.

      VA – ATLANTIC COAST INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ALBEMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL – GREAT BRIDGE LOCK – VALVE REPLACEMENT
      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be performing valve replacement and diving at the Great Bridge Lock, located in Chesapeake, Virginia, starting on March 20, 2019 and concluding on approximately June 7, 2019.
      1) On March 20, 2019, the removal of the existing cofferdam on the northeast end of the lock wall will take place; the lock will be closed from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
      2) Between March 25, 2019 and March 28, 2019, divers will be installing hardware on the south west end of the lock for the cofferdam installation. Lock will be closed from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM during these 4 days.
      3) On April 10, 2019 and April 11, 2019, the installation of a cofferdam on the south west end of the lock wall will occur. The lock will be closed from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM on both days.
      4) From April 15, 2019 to approximately June 7, 2019, a crew will be working on the removal and installation of the replacement valves 7 days per week. During this time period, there will be occasional delays to navigation to provide crane support in the lock.
      5) The removal of the cofferdam will take place in June, and the exact time and closure will be issued in a separated Notice. The horizontal clearance of the lock will be limited to 70 feet during these repairs. Vessels shall provide a large berth to the work area that will be marked with a yellow safety beam on the lock wall.
      Those planning to use this route can contact the Great Bridge Lock operator at 757-547-3311 or the Norfolk District office at 757-201-7642 Chart 12206 LNM 12/19

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    • LNM: Update: Dredging to Begin, Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


      Traveling south, the Dismal Swamp Canal route exits the Waterway westward immediately south of the I-64 fixed bridge at statute mile 7.1. No wake is already the recommended speed for the narrow canal, not only for safety, but for the enjoyment of the natural surroundings. Extra caution is required in the vicinity of the dredge equipment.

      VA – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – GREAT DISMAL SWAMP CANAL – DREDGING
      PCI Dredging LLC will be conducting dredging operations in the Great Dismal Canal from 22 Feb until approximately 30 Mar 2019. Dredged material will be placed in the Upland USACE CDF on the westside of the Canal. Work vessels may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be marked pursuant to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned parallel and adjacent to the shoreline of the federal channel thence traversing upland and west into the CDF. For more information or question contact Kent Petersen at 715-356-7311. Chart 12206 LNM 07/19

      Norfolk District to begin Dismal Swamp Canal dredging
      wtkr.com

      Dismal Swamp Canal Dredging to Begin
      Coastal Review Online

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    • LNM: Barge Traffic, Construction Site north of Great Bridge Lock, Great Bridge, VA


      The main concern here will be avoiding the barges delivering stone to the construction site, otherwise navigation should not be affected. Great Bridge Lock is at statute mile 11.5 in Great Bridge VA.

      VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH – MARINE CONSTRUCTION
      H&H Enterprises will be installing stone breakwaters and driving piles for a pier, ½ mile northwest of the Great Bridge Locks, in the southern branch of the Elizabeth River. Barges will be located outside the main channel. Work will begin February 11 and estimated to finish April 12, 2019. When the riprap barges are being delivered the tugboat, JESSE LEE, will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. For more information or questions, contact Mike Hodges at 757-435-9668. Chart 12253 LNM 07/19

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    • LNM: 12hr Repair Closures, Feb 20-Mar 16, Great Bridge Lock, AICW Statute Mile 11.5

      Great Bridge Lock is located in Great Bridge, VA. Your alternate southbound ICW route during these 12hr closures will be the Dismal Swamp Canal which departs the Waterway at statute mile 7.2. Your northbound alternate would be northeast up the Pasquatank River to Elizabeth City and into the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal. Our thanks to Matt the Bridge Tender for this advance notice.

      I pulled this from the Army Corps website. I haven’t seen anything from the CG yet.

      Matt the Bridge Tender – Gilmerton Bridge

      Feb. 6, 2019
      Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal
      Mile marker 12.2
      Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
      Great Bridge Lock Phase 1 of 2 valve replacement

      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will perform valve replacement and diving at Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, Virginia, starting Feb. 20 and concluding around March 16. The following information is provided:

      1) Installation of a cofferdam on the lock wall’s northeast end will occur Feb. 20-21. The lock will be closed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

      2) From Feb. 25 to around March 16, a crew will be working on removal and installation of the replacement valve seven days a week. During this time period, there will be occasional delays to navigation to provide crane support in the lock.

      3) During the week of March 19, removal and relocation of the cofferdam will take place. The exact time and closure will be announced in a separate “Notice to Navigation Interests” next month.

      The lock’s horizontal clearance will be limited to 70 feet during these repairs. Vessels shall provide a large berth to the work area, which will be marked with a yellow safety beam on the lock wall.

      Those planning to use this route can contact the Great Bridge Lock operator at 757-547-3311, Norfolk District office at 757-201-7642 or refer to the Coast Guard’s “Local Notice to Mariners” for more information.

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    • LNM: 6-hour Complete Closure of Harbor Entrance, February 2, Norfolk, VA


      This cable laying project began ten days ago and is scheduled to be completed March. There is ample water on both sides of the navigation channel of the Entrance Reach, but because of the divers in the water, extreme caution must be used in the area.

      VA – NORFOLK HARBOR ENTRANCE REACH – CLOSURE
      Crofton Diving Corporation will be conducting underwater cable laying operations crossing the Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach from Willoughby to Hampton, east of and parallel to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. On Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a complete closure of the inbound and outbound lanes of the navigation channel. The alternate date for this operation is Sunday, February 3, 2019, during the same times. Equipment on site will be the BUNNY C and TEDDI C and a crew boat, CAPT CROFTON. Each vessel will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Vessels are requested to proceed in this area with extreme caution, as operations will only permit channel crossing with prior radio contact and in only extreme emergencies. For questions or concerns, contact United States Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Waterways Management Division duty phone at (757) 374-3408 or HamptonRoadsWaterways@uscg.mil. Chart 12253 LNM 05/19

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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: Expansion Construction Underway on I-64 Bridge, VA AICW Statute Mile 7.1


      The new high-rise bridge expansion will be parallel to the south side of the existing bascule bridge just north of the northern entrance to Dismal Swamp Canal.

      VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – I-64 WIDENING AND HIGH RISE BRIDGE EXPANSION
      As part of the I-64 Widening and High Rise Expansion project, work in the Elizabeth River will include changes in channel layout, and removal and replacement of the existing fender system. Additional work will include barge and crane mobilization, pile driving, pile cap construction, column construction, and cap construction. Superstructure work includes beam erection. You may view the Maritime Work Plan for High-Rise Bridge Construction here:
      http://files.constantcontact.com/ca304120701/398c7d31-9f11-44f8-a222-b0ad99fba0cf.pdf
      Chart 12253 LNM 50/18

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    • LNM: MSIB Update on Railroad Bridge Maintenance, VA AICW Statute Mile 5.8


      With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge is the third ICW RR bridge south of Mile Zero. Someone listened and the maintenance has been delayed from Novmber 12 to November 26 or later. Stay tuned for actual closure dates. Our thanks to Matt the Bridge Tender for this notice.

      MSIB 18-262 Proposed Railroad Bridge Maintenance Update​

      MSIB Number: 18-262
      November 9, 2018

      Proposed Railroad Bridge Maintenance Update

      Feedback concerning the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge’s potential closures was received and reviewed to determine the best course of action for the proposed maintenance schedule. The requested deviation from bridge regulations was not approved due to the adverse impacts associated with the proposed closure of the bridge from November 12, 2018, through November 15, 2018. This bridge will continue normal operations until no earlier than November 26, 2018. Once approved, a MSIB will be released to announce actual closure periods.

      We would like to express our gratitude for prompt feedback from those port partners this closure will impact.

      Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact the Waterways Management Division by phone at (757) 668-5580 or email to HamptonRoadsWaterways@uscg.mil.

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    • Healy Report: Dismal Swamp Canal to Belhaven, NC

      Belhaven

      Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Thank you Jim and Peg! Belhaven, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, sits on the northern shore of Pantego Creek which meets the western shoulder of the Waterway at Mile 135 south of the Alligator River – Pungo River Canal.

      Today is Thursday 19/18, 05h15 hrs…

      Sanctuary and crew transited the Dismal Swamp Canal from Chesapeake, VA to Elizabeth City, NC on Tuesday, 10/16. There is about a mile of duckweed in the canal south of the Deep Creek lock. South of the South Mills lock, there are several miles of duckweed across the canal. Our engine cooling water intake is about 30″ below the waterline, and we had no issues with the sea strainer.. AT THE FEEDER DITCH AND AGAIN IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF THE SOUTH MILLS LOCK, THERE ARE POSTS PAINTED RED AND GREEN THAT MARK A NARROWED CHANNEL. HONOR THOSE POSTS. The canal carried at least 7′ of water, and we had zero bangs and bumps. We traveled with four other boats, and they made me the lead dog. The trick to avoid bangs and bump is to SPREAD OUT. Follow the boat in front of you by 1/2 to 3/2 mile, so if prop wash does bring something off the bottom, it has tome to settle back down before you get to it.

      We traveled from Elizabeth City to Belhaven on Wednesday, 10/17. BE ADVISED that in the Alligator-Pungo Canal at approximately MM116-117, there is a LARGE DEADHEAD in almost the visual center of the canal. It is easy to spot, as it sticks up at least a foot above the water line. It appears to be the remains of a piling.

      We’re staying on the Belhaven City Docks. They take reservations, but many treat this as first come first served. It is full tonight, but we did get our reserved space.
      There is ample 30A power available all along the dock, and self-serve pumpout. This is an excellent option at $1.00/ft and $5.00 for electric.

      Goal for today is Morehead City.

      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

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    • LNM: Port Condition X-Ray Set for Virginia Coast

      Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee for North Carolina ports, X-ray for Port of Virginia


      PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Captain of the Port for North Carolina set Port Condition Yankee for the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. The COTP for Hampton Roads set Port Condition X-ray at 4 p.m., for the Port of Virginia.

      In Port Condition Yankee, the tropical storm force winds are anticipated within 24 hours and the affected ports are closed to inbound vessel traffic greater than 500 gross tons. All vessels greater than 500 gross tons without permission to remain in port, should have departed or should be prepared to depart prior to the setting of port condition Zulu.

      Port Condition X-ray means the tropical storm force winds are anticipated within 48 hours. These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-ray remains in effect.

      All ocean-going commercial vessels and ocean-going barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing ports in the Hampton Roads COTP zone. Vessels desiring to remain in port must immediately contact the COTP to receive permission and are required to submit a safe mooring plan in writing.

      Owners of pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress.

      Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.

      The Coast Guard is warning the public of these important safety messages:

      Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed. Boaters should heed weather watches, warnings, and small craft advisories.
      Be prepared. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, life jackets, and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress..
      Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio, and the Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.

      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.
      -USCG-

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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: Diving Operation, northern Harbor Reach Channel, 6/19-6/22, Norfolk, VA


      This diving operation is on the western edge of the Waterway channel (Harbor Reach Channel) through Hampton Roads, off Sewells Point.


      SEC HR BNM 342-18
      VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER

      MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL BE PERFORMING DIVE AND CRANE OPERATIONS IN THE VICINITY OF ELIZABETH RIVER CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 8 (LLNR 9500) OF THE NORFOLK HARBOR REACH CHANNEL AND ADJACENT ANCHORAGE BEGINNING JUNE 19, 2018 THROUGH JUNE 22, 2018, DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. THE MOTOR VESSEL EWELL WILL BE ANCHORED ON SCENE AND UNABLE TO RELOCATE. IT IS REQUESTED MARINERS CONTACT THEM ON VHF CHANNELS 13 AND 16 TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. THE PROJECT SUPERVISOR, SCOTT TITUS CAN BE REACHED DIRECTLY AT (757) 201 -7665 OR (757) 790-3338. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION AND REMAIN CLEAR OF THIS OPERATION WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA.

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    • LNM: Free Coast Guard Band Concert, June 6, 7PM, Portsmouth, VA

      united states coast guard 

      News Release 

      U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
      Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
      Office: (757) 398-6272
      After Hours: (757) 434-7712
      5th District online newsroom

      Coast Guard Band to perform free concert in Portsmouth, VA

      Coast Guard Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget, of Buffalo, New York, a soprano, is a featured soloist with the United States Coast Guard band, at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, May 30, 2018. The band, a 55-member ensemble, performed works by Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner and others, as it kicked off a 12-day tour in the Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic region aimed at fostering goodwill and strengthening relations between the Coast Guard and the American public. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando 

      Coast Guard Senior Chief Musician Mark McCormick, from St. Louis, Missouri, plays string bass with the United States Coast Guard band, at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, May 30, 2018. The band, a 55-member ensemble, performed works by Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner and others, as it kicked off a 12-day tour in the Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic region aimed at fostering goodwill and strengthening relations between the Coast Guard and the American public. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando

      Editors’ Note: Click on images to download high resolution version.

      PORTSMOUTH — The Coast Guard Band is scheduled to perform a free public concert Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., at Willet Hall in Portsmouth, Virginia as part of the band’s 2018 mid-Atlantic concert tour.

       

      Lt. Cmdr. Adam Williamson leads an engaging program with works by Bernstein, Wagner, Sousa and others. Dazzling soloists include soprano Petty Officer 1st Class Megan Weikleenget, as well as instrumentalists from the band.

       

      To reserve your free concert tickets, visit https://uscgbandtour2018.ticketleap.com/portsmouth-va.

       

      The Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble is based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

       

      For more information on the Coast Guard Band, visit www.uscg.mil/band, “like” us on Facebook, or call the concert information line at (860) 701-6826.

       

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported and Temporary Buoys Added to Salt Ponds Entrance Channel, north of Norfolk Harbor, VA


      Salt Ponds is bit out of SSECN’s range, but it is a popular western shore storm shelter for northbound cruisers when the waters just north of Norfolk Harbor kick up. The entrance channel is perpendicular to the beach shore and can be intimidating even without the threat of shoaling.

      VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – SALT PONDS – HAMPTON – SHOALING
      Shoaling has been reported in the channel into Salt Ponds, Hampton VA, just inside the stone jetty. Depths to 4 feet at low tide have been reported. This shoaling maybe in addition to the shoaling reported on Salt Ponds Marina Resort web site. http://saltpondsmarinaresort.com/contact–directions.html

      And this good news LNM in Week 26:

      CAPE CHARLES TO NORFOLK HARBOR – SALT PONDS – TEMPORARY BUOYS (PRIVATE)
      On or about June 27, 2017, the City of Hampton, Virginia will establish four temporary buoys to mark best water to address shoaling in the entrance to Salt Ponds. These buoys will be removed later this summer after the City dredges the waterway.
      Salt Ponds Buoy 5TA 37-03-45.77N, 076-16-51.00W (37°3.7628N / 076°16.8500W, 37.062714 / -76.280833)
      Salt Ponds Buoy 5TB 37-03-46.33N, 076-16-52.37W (37°3.7721N / 076°16.8728W, 37.062869 / -76.281214)
      Salt Ponds Buoy 6TA 37-03-45.10N, 076-16-48.58W (37°3.7517N / 076°16.8097W, 37.062528 / -76.280161)
      Salt Ponds Buoy 6TB 37-03-46.26N, 076-16-50.58W (37°3.7710N / 076°16.8430W, 37.062850 / -76.280717)
      Chart 12222 LNM 26/17

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    • Gilmerton Bridge is Fully Operational, AICW Statute Mile 5.8


      This is definitely good news for Waterway cruisers, especially our tall-masted brethren. As always, a big thank to Matt the Bridge Tender for this and many other notifications. See /159631.

      Gilmerton Bridge is fully operational as of this evening, Sunday Sept 18th and has resumed its normal opening schedule per the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) immediately, which I’ve included below. I appreciate everyone’s patience in dealing with our modified opening schedule.
      Sincerely,
      Matt the Bridge Tender ‘“ Gilmerton Bridge

      GILMERTON BRIDGE OPENING SCHEDULE
      c) The draw of the Gilmerton (US13/460) bridge, mile 5.8, in Chesapeake:
      (1) Shall open on signal at any time for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials.
      (2) From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays:
      (i) Need not open for the passage of recreational or commercial vessels that do not qualify under paragraph (c)(2)(ii) of this section.
      (ii) Need not open for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, unless 2 hours advance notice has been given to the Gilmerton Bridge at (757)-485-5488.
      (3) Shall open on signal at all other times.

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    • Possible Missing Waterway Markers Due to Heavy Ice Damage

      Spring Migrants: Hopefully icy waters will have receded before you begin your northern voyage home for the summer, but be prepared for missing, damaged or off-station markers in the Waterway from North Carolina onward.

      HAZARD TO NAVIGATION – HEAVY ICE CONDITIONS WITHIN THE FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT WATERWAYS
      Due to the recent heavy ice conditions within the Fifth Coast Guard District Waterways from New Jersey to northern North Carolina numerous aids to navigation have been damaged, dragged off-station, destroyed, or missing. Some aids may be sunk or hidden beneath ice flows and may pose an extreme hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the waterways.

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    • Demolition and Repair, Fort Norfolk, Elizabeth River above Statute Mile 0


      Fort Norfolk is on the eastern shore of the Elizabeth River approximately 1 nautical mile north of Mile Zero. Fort Norfolk is a historic fort and national historic district located at Norfolk, Virginia. It encompasses 13 contributing buildings.

      VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – DEMOLITION AND REPAIR OPERATIONS
      Mariners are advised that Crofton diving corporation will be conducting demolition and repair operations on the Fort Norfolk bulkhead, located adjacent to the Corp of Engineers building, on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, VA. Operations will occur November 17, 2014 through April 29, 2015, between 7 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. Mariners should stay clear of the fort Norfolk bulkhead and on-scene equipment. Crofton diving corporation will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.

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