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    • LNM: More on Capsized Vessel, St. Simons Sound, GA, near AICW Statute Mile 677


      The capsized cargo vessel is within view of the St Simons Island pier just east of the Waterway’s turn south. A safety zone with 150 yard stand-off has been established around the vessel. The Coast Guard has confirmed that recreational boats can pass through St. Simon’s Channel entering or leaving. The channel is closed to some commercial shipping.

      SEACOAST – GEORGIA – DOBOY SOUND TO FERNANDINA – ST SIMONS SOUND: SPECIAL LOCAL REGULATION
      An emergency safety zone has been established in St Simons Sound, GA. On September 8, 2019, RORO, M/V GOLDEN RAY, was outbound from Brunswick, GA when the vessel laid over on its side. The vessel is in the channel at 31°07’39.66N/081°24’10.58W between St Simons lighthouse and the north end of Jekyll Island. The river is closed to commercial traffic unless authorized by Captain of the Port Savannah. No vessel is authorized access within .5 nautical miles of the vessel, unless engaged in emergency response. For further information, contact the United
      States Coast Guard at (912) 652-4353. VHF-FM channel 16 will also be monitored for any concerned traffic.
      Chart 11502 LNM 37/19

      9/19/19 Pictures: Golden Ray Salvage Efforts Continue
      Maritime Executive

      9/14/19

      The Captain of the Port has updated the safety zone around the Golden Ray. No vessel may approach within 150 yards of the incident site. Additionally, vessels greater than 500 gross tons remain subject to a half-nautical mile safety zone around the site and require authorization from the Captain of the Port to transit. 

      Boaters are reminded that response crews and divers are actively working around the Golden Ray. Caution should be used when transiting in the area.

      “We greatly appreciate the public’s patience and flexibility while we work to resolve the situation.” – Cmdr. Norm Witt, Federal On Scene Coordinator

      Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound

      Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon SoundCoast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound

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

      BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Coast Guard and salvage crews extracted the remaining four Golden Ray crewmembers Monday in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia.

      The crewmembers were transported by a Coast Guard Station Brunswick 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew to Glenn County EMS for further medical evaluation.

      Salvage crews were transported by Coast Guard to the vessel at 8:22 a.m. to assess the vessel’s hull and at approximately 1 p.m., Monday, it was confirmed the remaining four crew members were still alive inside the Golden Ray and an extraction plan was developed to safely rescue them.

      Three crew members were safely extracted from the vessel at approximately 3 p.m. and the fourth and final crew member was safely extracted at 5:50 p.m.

      Coast Guard units and partner agencies involved in the response:

      • Two Coast Guard Station Brunswick Response Boat crews 
      • Two Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews
      • Coast Guard Cutter Heron launched to assist
      • Coast Guard Sector Charleston
      • Marine Safety Unit Savannah
      • Coast Guard Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT)
      • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
      • Moran Towing
      • SeaTow
      • Brunswick Bar Pilots Association
      • Glynn County Fire Department
      • Other response teams

      The Port of Brunswick Captain of the Port (COTP) has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within .5 miles of the Golden Ray, which is laid over on its side.

      The Coast Guard has shifted operations completely to environmental protection, removing the vessel safely and resuming commerce.

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      -USCG-

       

      BREAKING: 4 crew members found alive in capsized cargo ship off Georgia’s coast
      NBC NEWS

      Coast Guard, port partners conducting rescue operation for 4 aboard disabled, on fire vessel in St. Simons Sound

      CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard and port partners are searching for four crewmembers aboard a disabled cargo vessel with a fire on board Sunday morning in St. Simons Sound, Brunswick, Georgia.

      Currently, 20 people have been safely removed and four people remain unaccounted for on the M/V GOLDEN RAY, a 656-foot vehicle carrier. The vessel is listing heavily in the St. Simons Sound.

      At approximately 2 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders were notified by the Glynn County 911 dispatch that the M/V GOLDEN RAY had capsized in the St. Simons Sound. The watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of multiple Coast Guard assets.

      The vessel’s master and chief engineer are assisting authorities and salvage teams to develop plans to stabilize the vessel and continue rescue efforts. The GOLDEN RAY’s crew size is 24 people; 23 crewmembers and one pilot.

      Coast Guard units involved in the response:

      • Two Coast Guard Station Brunswick Response Boat crews 
      • Two Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews
      • Coast Guard Cutter Heron launched to assist
      • Coast Guard Sector Charleston
      • Marine Safety Unit Savannah
      • Coast Guard Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT) launched to assist

      The Port of Brunswick Captain of the Port (COTP) has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within .5 miles of the M/V GOLDEN RAY, which is laid over on its side.

      Also assisting in the response are the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Moran Towing, SeaTow, Brunswick Bar Pilots Association, and the Glynn County Fire Department.

      The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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      -USCG-

      At least 4 missing after cargo ship overturns and catches fire near Georgia port
      CBS NEWS

      Coast Guard rescues crew members from disabled cargo vessel in Brunswick

      Hoist Footage

      A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew hoists crewmembers from the 656-foot vehicle carrier Golden Ray after the vessel became disabled and started to list in the St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2019. The Golden Ray had 24 people on board and 20 of the 24 people have been rescued with 4 unaccounted for. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Savannah)

      Golden Ray

      The Coast Guard and port partners are searching for the remaining four crew members aboard the 656-foot vehicle carrier Golden Ray, in St. Simons Sound, near Brunswick, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2019. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews and other port partners rescued 20 people after it was reported the vessel was disabled, listing, and had a fire on board. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Savannah)

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

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      -USCG-

       

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. James H Newsome -  September 11, 2019 - 5:29 am

        The position indicated on this alert is not correct. The wreck is located on the other side of the channel very near Buoy G19. The best coordinates I can offer are 31°07'40.7"N 81°24'13.3"W or 31.127967, -81.403683

        As of September 10 the Brunswick Harbor/St. Simon's Range (shipping channel) is closed to commercial ships, but open for recreational boaters with instructions to stay away from the wreck by at least one half (.5) mile. There are reports that the Coast Guard may reopen the channel for ships on a restricted basis so if you enter this channel pay close attention to Coast Guard broadcast on Channel 16.

        Boaters are also asked to report the location of any oil slicks to the Coast Guard.

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      2. James H Newsome -  September 10, 2019 - 1:46 pm

        There has been some confusion about the exclusion zone around the capsized ship in St Simon’s Sound. I called the Coast Guard station in Brunswick for clarification. The exclusion area is one half mile. Some people on social media are confusing “.5” with five miles. “.5” is 1/2 mile and one half mile is the confirmed restricted area to avoid at this time.

        The Coast Guard also confirmed that recreational boats can pass through St. Simon’s Channel entering or leaving. The channel is still closed to shipping.
        James H. Newsome

        Reply to James
    • LNM: GIWW Daybeacon 7 Destroyed, Tampa Bay, FL


      This destroyed daybeacon is on the west side of the narrow Waterway channel connecting Boca Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay.

      FLORIDA – GIWW – TAMPA BAY – SUNSHINE SKYWAY CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
      Sunshine Skyway Channel Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 60340) is destroyed. The steel pile wreckage is marked with a TRLB displaying Fl Q G, 4M characteristics in position 27-38-49.548N/082-40-46.917W (27°38.8258N / 082°40.7819W, 27.647097 / -82.679699) . Chart 11416 LNM 39/19

       

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    • LNM: AICW Dredging, Matanzas River, FL Statute Mile 792


      This ICW dredging project will occur north and west of Rattlesnake Island where the Waterway passes to the west of the island.

      FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER-PALM SHORES – MATANZAS RIVER: Dredging Operations with Beach Disposal Placement.
      Southwind Construction will commence dredging operations in the AICW St. Johns/Flager Counties, Florida, Cuts SJ-61, 60, 59. Within Matanzas River Buoy 81A (LLNR 39535), Matanzas River Buoy 81B (LLNR 39537) and Matanzas River Buoy 81C (LLNR 39539) and Matanzas River Daybeacon 92 (LLNR 39610) near F-2 with fill placement at Summer Haven Beach, Matanzas Inlet. Operations will commence on or about September 30, 2019, Monday through Sunday (24/7) until approximately January 31, 2020. The dredge WILKO and workboats PROUD MARY and MISS LEANNE will monitor channels 13 & 16, working channel 78. There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; use extreme caution in the area. 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 visibly lighted and marked. Submerged pipeline will be positioned from the active dredging areas along the west shoreline of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway with an established submerged line crossing in the vicinity of the S.R. A1A Bridge to Summer Haven Beach. Further information contact Southwind, Darrell Stewart at (812) 867-7220. Chart 11485 LNM 38/19

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    • NAV ALERT: LNM: AICW Light 17 Destroyed, Jekyll Creek, GA Statute Mile 683


      This ICW light is on the east shoulder of the narrow Waterway channel through Jekyll Creek.

      GEORGIA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – JEKYLL CREEK: Hazard to Navigation
      Jekyll Creek Light 17 (LLNR 37325) is destroyed. The steel pile wreckage is marked with a TRLB displaying Fl Q G characteristics in position 31-04-16.276N/081-25-44.395W (31°4.2713N / 081°25.7399W, 31.071188 / -81.428999) . Chart 11488 LNM 38/19

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    • LNM: Multiple Naval Activities, Sep 25 – Nov 25, St. Andrews Bay, Panama City, FL

      Fortunately, boaters in St. Andrews Bay are very accustomed to Naval exercises in their neighborhood and know the drill.

      FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PANAMA CITY BEACH – U.S. Navy Operations
      Commencing September 25, 2019 and continuing until November 25, 2019, the U.S. Navy will be conducting test operations in several areas south of Panama City, Florida, aboard primary vessels PSC-8, PSC-976 or from a suitable alternative platform. Primary test areas are in the vicinity of Panama City within 5 kilometers, centered around approximate positions 30-10-22.0N 085-45-26.0W (30°10.3667N / 085°45.4333W, 30.172778 / -85.757222) and Warning Area 151 within 50 kilometers centered around 30-10-22.0N 085-45-26.0W (30°10.3667N / 085°45.4333W, 30.172778 / -85.757222) . It is requested that all surface vessels remain at least 2 nautical miles from Test Vessels working in these areas as they are likely to be under restricted maneuverability towing conditions during test events. PSC-8, PSC-976 or from suitable alternative platform will be on station in these areas during test events scheduled at a frequency of approximately 5-days per week. All concerned traffic should contact the support vessel on VHF-FM Channel 16, heed all instruction given, and stay a minimum of 2 nautical miles from vessels on station in any of these operational areas. Additionally, it is requested that all trawler operations within 2 nautical miles of the OP AREA positions given be avoided at all times as U.S. Navy equipment has been deployed in these areas and will remain in these areas through the duration of the test event. Charts 11360 11389 LNM 38/19

      FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PANAMA CITY – Naval Operation
      Commencing September 30, 2019 and continuing until approximately October 4, 2019, the U.S. Navy will be conducting operations, involving a manned underwater vehicle and surface vessels in the vicinity of Davis Point in St. Andrew Bay. The surface craft supporting U.S. Navy operations will include the following: USNRV, FSF-1 and Project Support Craft (PSC) 7, 9 and 14. USNRV SEA FIGHTER, FSF-1 and PSC-14 operations will be at anchor in the vicinity of Davis Point in St. Andrew Bay. PSC-5 will be operating in the GOM south of Shell Island. Manned underwater vehicle will be operating between Davis Point and Tindall Air Force Base South Marina. It is requested that all surface vessels remain at least 100 yard closest point of approach from all U.S. Navy support craft and testing equipment. All U.S. Navy craft will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. Charts 1115A 11360 11380 LNM 38/19

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Drone video of Green Turtle Cay and Guana Cay hurricane damage

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      Bahamas Chatter: Drone video of Green Turtle Cay and Guana Cay hurricane damage
      Drone video of Green Turtle Cay and Guana Cay hurricane damage

      Posted: 17 Sep 2019 02:12 PM PDT

      Link to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnCLvLsXEfY&feature=youtu.be

      The Green Turtle Club piers are intact. The pedestals were removed before the hurricane.

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    • Southeast Marine Fuel Best Price Summary as of Sep 18

      This week’s lowest current marina fuel prices as of Sep 18
              Diesel Range: $2.34 to $3.40 Lowest @ New River Marina in (North Carolina)
              Gas Range: $2.39 to $4.15 Lowest @ Trout Creek Marina – Trout Creek Fish Camp in (St Johns River)
      Remember to always call the marina to verify the current price since prices may change at any time. Also please let us know if you find a marina’s fuel price has changed via the Submit News link.

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      All Regions (Price Range $2.34 to $3.93)

      $2.34 New River Marina (09/16)
      $2.43 Dudley’s Marina (09/17)
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      Virginia to North Carolina (Price Range $2.65 to $3.23)

      North Carolina (Price Range $2.34 to $3.40)

      $2.34 New River Marina (09/16)
      $2.43 Dudley’s Marina (09/17)
      $2.52 Alligator River Marina (09/16)

      South Carolina (Price Range $2.46 to $3.70)

      $2.46 Osprey Marina (09/16)
      $2.53 Myrtle Beach Yacht Club (09/16)
      $2.65 Leland Oil Company (09/17)

      Georgia (Price Range $2.67 to $3.80)

      Eastern Florida (Price Range $2.49 to $3.85)

      $2.49 Sands Harbor Resort and Marina (09/16)
      $2.65 LukFuel (09/16)
      $2.85 Anchor Petroleum (09/16)

      St Johns River (Price Range $2.44 to $3.59)

      Florida Keyes (Price Range $2.97 to $3.93)

      $2.97 Keys Fisheries Market & Marina (09/16)
      $2.98 Sunset Marina (09/16)
      $3.12 A & B Marina (09/16)

      Western Florida (Price Range $2.41 to $3.69)

      $2.41 Cape Haze Marina (09/16)
      $2.79 A-1 Fuel Service (09/16)
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      Okeechobee (Price Range $3.12 to $3.71)

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    • LNM: AICW Buoy 47 Relocated due to Shoaling, Lockwoods Folly, Problem Stretch, NC Statute Mile 322


      This ICW buoy is on the north shoulder of the Waterway’s path through the mouth of Lockwoods Folly Inlet. With recent shoaling, Cruisers Net recommends mid to high tide for navigating this intersection. See local notice Buoy 46B Removed.


      THE FOLLOWING AID TO NAVIGATION HAS BEEN RELOCATED.

      1. Cape Fear River – Little River Buoy 47 (LLNR 40225) in Lockwoods Folly Crossing was moved to position 33-55-17.921 N, 078-14-03.157 W to better mark shoaling. Shoaling exists in Lockwoods Folly Inlet to a channel depth of 4 feet at mean low water throughout the inlet and to a depth of 2 feet at mean low water in the crossing near Buoy 47A (LLNR 40230). Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while navigating this area. NC BNM 186-19
      Chart 11534 LNM 38/19

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    • LNM: Live-Fire Drills Continue, Sept 16-22, Neuse River near AICW Statute Mile 185.


      Hancock Creek and Cherry Point lie on the south side of the Neuse River west of the Waterway’s intersection with Adams Creek at Mile 185. Cruisers traveling upstream to New Bern should favor the north shore and expect to encounter some military traffic and possible delays. These on-going exercises were begun in mid-May.


      SAFETY/NC – CHERRY POINT OPERATING AREA (CPOA) HAZOPS – FIREX WEEK OF 16 – 22 SEP 19/HAZ OPS/CCGD5 BNM 407-19
      1. REQUEST THAT THIS NOTICE BE BROADCAST DAILY DURING THE
      SUBJECT WEEK.
      2. FIRING EXERCISES HAZARDOUS TO SURFACE VESSELS WILL BE
      CONDUCTED DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES AND LOCATIONS IN THE CPOA
      DURING THE SUBJECT WEEK:
      DATE TIME (L) SURFACE GRIDS AREA BOUND BY
      ——- ——— ———— —————-
      19SEP 1300-1700 W-122(09) 34-17N5 076-45W2
      33-49N9 076-30W6
      34-05N2 076-05W8
      34-28N7 076-25W0
      34-17N5 076-45W2

      3. FOR SECTOR NORTH CAROLINA, BROADCAST UNTIL CANCELLED.

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