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    • Severe Hurricane Damage in Southport, NC


      These early reports on Hurricane Isaias include deaths and severely damaged boats and docks at Southport Marina and South Harbour Village Marina in Southport. Southport Marina is a CRUISERS NET SPONSOR. More information will follow.

      Southport Marina suffered damage from Isaias to in-water boats and docks. (Photo: Tela Dilibert)

      Isaias leaves ‘giant pile of broken boats’ at Southport marina
      WRAL.com

      ‘Devastating, horrific’: Isaias leaves behind major damage at …
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      PHOTOS: Hurricane Isaias damage in Brunswick County from ...
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      Isaias hurricane hits NC overnight, killing 2, leaving storm …
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      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers Net Marina Directory Listing For Southport Marina

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

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    • Hurricane Season Port Condition Definitions

      Along with Watch and Warning designations, these alphabetical listings, W, X, Y and Z, i.e. Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee and Zulu, are used to indicate the anticipated severity of an approaching storm. And while the port restrictions are directed primarily at commercial traffic, the same port conditions allow recreational boaters to gauge the level of risk from the storm. Obviously, the further along the alphabet, the more severe the forecast for a given port or coastline. This year, port conditions have been issued several times for entire coasts in the Gulf and on the East coast. The official hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30.

      HURRICANE SEASON PORT CONDITIONS AND CATEGORIES
      Port Conditions are set by the Captain of the Port and are used to alert the maritime community to changes in port operations needed to prepare for the storm’s arrival.

      PORT CONDITION WHISKEY: Gale force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) are predicted to arrive within 72 hours. Port 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. Port 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. Port 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. Port 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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    • Southeast Marine Fuel Best Price Summary as of Aug 05

      This week’s lowest current marina fuel prices as of Aug 05
              Diesel Range: $1.53 to $3.05 Lowest @ New River Marina in (North Carolina)
              Gas Range: $2.15 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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      Lowest Diesel Price in Each Region

      Lowest Diesel Prices Anywhere

      All Regions (Price Range $1.53 to $3.79)

      $1.53 New River Marina (08/03)
      $1.60 Albemarle Plantation Marina (08/03)
      $1.79 Atlantic Yacht Basin (08/03)

      Lowest By Region

      Virginia to North Carolina (Price Range $1.79 to $2.11)

       

      North Carolina (Price Range $1.53 to $3.05)

      $1.53 New River Marina (08/03)
      $1.60 Albemarle Plantation Marina (08/03)
      $1.89 Dudley’s Marina (08/03)

       

      South Carolina (Price Range $1.79 to $2.90)

      $1.79 Isle of Palms Marina (08/03)
      $1.80 Harborwalk Marina (08/04)
      $1.82 Myrtle Beach Yacht Club (08/03)

       

      Georgia (Price Range $2.16 to $3.50)

      $2.16 Thunderbolt Marine (08/03)
      $2.20 Brunswick Landing Marina (08/03)
      $2.49 Isle of Hope Marina (08/03)

       

      Eastern Florida (Price Range $2.09 to $3.71)

      $2.09 LukFuel (08/03)
      $2.16 Anchor Petroleum (08/03)
      $2.23 Lake Park Harbor Marina (08/03)

       

      St Johns River (Price Range $2.10 to $3.21)

       

      Florida Keys (Price Range $2.56 to $3.79)

      $2.56 A & B Marina (08/04)
      $2.64 Key West Bight City Marina (08/03)
      $2.66 Sunset Marina (08/03)

       

      Western Florida (Price Range $1.94 to $3.63)

       

      Okeechobee (Price Range $2.53 to $3.71)

       

      Northern Gulf (Price Range $1.95 to $2.79)

       

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    • LNM: No Wake Zone Safety Zone, Beginning SC AICW Statute Mile 375 South


      For years and long before extreme ICW flooding, Cruisers Net has pleaded with boaters to reduce wakes as they pass through the low country of South Carolina. See No Wake Zone.

      ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY SAFETY ZONE
      HORRY COUNTY, SC

      The Captain of the Port Charleston (COTP) has established a temporary safety zone on all waters of the Waccamaw River from Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) statue mile 375 near Enterprise Landing and AICW statue mile 366 near Fantasy Island Bridge, and along the Waccamaw River between Sandy Island and Barefoot Landing. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless vessels proceed at speeds that do not create a wake. State and Federal authorities have determined that wakes from vessels transiting the area create increased hazards associated with high waters present in the area.

      This rule is effective from August 4, 2020, through August 18, 2020, or until waters recede and conditions allow for safe navigation, whichever occurs first. The duration of the safety zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment while this area experiences high water conditions.

      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 at (843) 740-7050.

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    • USACE: LNM: Dismal Swamp Canal Closed due to Trees Down


      Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

      The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC. Docks are provided by the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR and a NC DOT Rest Area facility. Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this notice. See Mr. Scussel’s note below

      We have received a temporary closure notice for the Dismal Swamp Canal. Due to high winds during TS Isaias, several trees went down. The majority of the trees are north of our location. The Norfolk District USACE expects the Elizabeth (barge/crane and crew) to begin working tomorrow to clear debris to resume operations. We will notify you when we are aware of the reopening. 

      Donna Stewart, TMP
      Director, Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
      Chairperson,Camden Tourism Development Authority
      2356 US Hwy 17 North, South Mills, NC 27976
      252-771-8333 |  dstewart@camdencountync.gov
      www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com
      www.VisitCamdenCountync.com

      Good Afternoon, attached is a Notice to Navigation Interest concerning the temporary closure of the Dismal Swamp Canal.   Nearly 60 trees have fallen in the canal from Hurricane Isaias this morning, August 4, 2020.

      Joel F. Scussel
      AIWW Project Manager
      Norfolk District Corps of Engineers
      2509 Reservation Road
      Chesapeake, VA 23322-5217
      757-404-2128

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers Net’s Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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    • NOAA:NHC: Isaias Updates

      With sustained winds of 70mph, Isaias is moving NNE at 28mph.

      BREAKING: Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in North Carolina, bringing dangerous winds and rainfall to East Coast
      SunSentinel

      AS HURRICANE ISAIAS APPROACHES, AIS HAS BEEN ENERGIZED ON THE ASSIGNED POSITIONS OF AID TO NAVIGATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS.
      USCG
      Coast Guard to discuss Hurricane preparations in Portsmouth, VA
      USCG

       A diminished Tropical Storm Isaias moves up South Florida coast, no longer a hurricane threat
      Daytona Beach News Journal
      SunSentinel Tropical Storm Isaias is no longer projected to become a hurricane, and hurricane warnings for South Florida have been lifted
      SunSentinel Coast Guard District 7 continues to urge Hurricane Isaias preparations, mariners to stay off waterIsaias weakens to a tropical storm but expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Florida, rainy and windy night ahead
      SunSentinelFlorida issues state of emergency for Atlantic coast counties
      eTurboNewsHurricane Isaias batters Bahamas as storm targets entire US East Coast
      Washington PostHurricane Isaias slows nears Bahamas with 85 mph winds; track sweeps South Florida later today
      SunSentinelCoast Guard District 7 personnel respond, prepare for Hurricane Isaias, urge preparation 
      USCGHurricane Isaias headed north, could hit SC as tropical storm Monday
      Post and CourierCoast Guard urges hurricane preparedness ahead of Hurricane Isaias
      USCGGet the latest on the storm.
      SunSentinelHurricane watch issued for parts of South Florida coast but Hurricane Isaias is no longer expected to reach Category 2
      SunSentinel

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    • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Hidden Pacific, August 13th

      YOU’RE INVITED! Special screening of Hidden Pacific and live filmmaker Q&A.

       
      Join us for a unique, behind-the-scenes look into the deep blue waters, vibrant coral reefs, and pristine atolls of our Pacific marine national monuments and marine sanctuaries!
       

      On August 13th, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will host a virtual advance screening of the film Hidden Pacific, along with a live Q&A with filmmaker Ian Shive, as part of the Foundation’s Blue Beacon series.

      Register Now

      The deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean are teeming with life. Islands that barely rise above the ocean’s surface are home to massive seabird rookeries, and underneath the waves, vibrant coral reefs that give life to species found nowhere else on Earth. These wild and wondrous protected waters encompass the healthiest coral reefs in U.S. waters as well as some of the most pristine atolls on Earth. They also help safeguard a rich cultural history that spans millennia—from Polynesian sacred sites to World War II battlegrounds.

      Explore these wondrous places through Hidden Pacific, a pioneering film profiling the Pacific Ocean’s protected and remote marine national monuments and national wildlife refuge islands. Then, join the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for a live Q&A event on August 13th at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT/1:30 pm HT with filmmaker Ian Shive to discuss his film, the beauty and biodiversity of Pacific marine sanctuaries and monuments, and the need to protect them for our shared future.

       

      Because Hidden Pacific will not be released in theaters until 2021, we may only allow one-time screening access for this film on August 13th. Once registered for the event, attendees will receive a link and password to view the film prior to the scheduled live Q&A at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT/1:30pm HT.

      The live Q&A will take place on Facebook Live through our Blue Beacon: Hidden Pacific Facebook event page.

      Register today to join us for this special access event. Mark your calendars – we will see you on August 13th!

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      About the Blue Beacon Series

      The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Blue Beacon Series aims to bring to light the ocean and Great Lakes’ biggest challenges through panels, lectures, and film screenings hosted around the country in order to build communities of support for marine protected areas. This series builds on the momentum of Capitol Hill Ocean Week, the nation’s premier conference on ocean and Great Lakes policy issues by bringing these important conversations into locally relevant contexts. For more information, visit marinesanctuary.org/bluebeacon.

      Vibrant coral in the shallow waters of Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Northern Pacific Ocean. Photo credit: Ian Shive
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    • NOAA Navigation Services Newsletter – August 3, 2020

      This NOAA’s quarterly newsletter with information regarding progress and innovations in navigation.
       
       

       
      August 3, 2020
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      NOAA releases annual High Tide Flooding Report
      Car driving through a flooded street.
      Coastal communities across the U.S. continued to see record-setting high-tide flooding in 2019, forcing their residents and visitors to deal with flooded shorelines, streets, and basements — a trend that is expected to continue into 2021. In July, NOAA released its 6th State of High Tide Flooding and Annual Outlook report that documents changes in high-tide flooding patterns from the previous year at 98 NOAA tide gauges along the U.S. coast. The report provides a flooding outlook for these locations for the coming year as well as projections for the next several decades. High tide flooding, often referred to as “nuisance” or “sunny day” flooding, is increasingly common due to years of relative sea level increases. It occurs when tides reach anywhere from 1.75 to 2 feet above the daily average high tide and start spilling onto streets or bubbling up from storm drains. Damaging floods, that decades ago happened only during a storm, now happen more regularly, such as during a full-moon tide or with a change in prevailing winds or currents. The report found that high tide flooding is now accelerating at 75% of locations along the East and Gulf Coasts. Nineteen locations in 2019, primarily in these regions, broke or tied their flood records. By 2030, high tide flooding is likely to occur in the range of 7-15 days and by 2050, between 25-75 days. These long-term outlooks are based on the range of relative sea level rise ‘more likely’ to occur by 2030 and 2050 using projections of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
       
      High-definition charts advance precision marine navigation
      Band 6 chart of birthing area in Long Beach Harbor.
      For large vessels entering port where there is next to zero margin for error, pilots and shipmasters are looking for the highest resolution data available to help them navigate these tight spaces safely and efficiently. NOAA recently constructed and released 16 high-definition (HD), band 6 (or berthing scale) electronic navigational charts for Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor, providing mariners with the best charts available to do their job. These HD charts contain all features necessary for navigation, but also have bathymetry with one-meter curve intervals. They comply with the International Hydrographic Organization’s S-57 standard and offer a new opportunity to deliver chart products that fully take advantage of high-resolution hydrographic surveys. These products represent an innovation in the delivery of bathymetric data within our navigation products.
       
      Image of NOAA Custom Chart Prototype
       
      Did you know?
       
      NOAA released an improved user interface for the NOAA Custom Chart (NCC) prototype web application. In this refreshed version, NCC settings are simplified and more logically organized, appropriate default values for depth contour labels, depth shades, and compass roses are set, and the NOAA color palette from traditional NOAA paper charts is implemented. Over the coming months, Coast Survey will improve the prototype further by incorporating traditional NOAA paper chart symbology for buoys, beacons, and lights, adding survey quality diagrams, improving chart note management and presentation, and also improving compass rose placement.
       
       
      New PORTS® current meter operational on the Cape Cod Canal
      Map showing location of Cape Code wave buoy.
      A new current meter, an enhancement to the Cape Cod Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®), went operational this month. This sensor is installed at the west end of the Cape Cod Canal, where it meets Buzzards Bay. Swift currents are part of the canal’s dynamic and hydraulic nature and often exceed five knots. In addition to commercial fishing and regular tug and barge traffic, larger vessels such as roll on/roll off vehicle carriers, oil tankers, and even the occasional cruise ship transit the canal. The newly available real time observations will promote enhanced safety to local mariners. Cape Cod PORTS is a partnership among NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, NERACOOS and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). PORTS is a successful public-private partnership that provides an integrated system of sensors concentrated in seaports, which supplies commercial vessel operators with reliable real-time information about environmental conditions.
       
      NOAA science aids construction of elevated highway to combat sea level rise in Louisiana
       
      The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development was recently awarded a $135 million federal grant, as a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program, for construction of an 8.3-mile elevated LA Highway 1 between Leeville and Golden Meadow in Lafourche Parish. This stretch of highway is increasingly closed due to flooding. NOAA provided flooding projections that predict the current highway, without modification, will be underwater for 22 days out of the year by 2030 and 201 days by 2047. As recently as June 7, the highway was closed for almost an entire day due to Tropical Storm Cristobal. This road serves as the sole evacuation route for the port and communities in Grand Isle and lower Lafourche Parish. It also provides access to coastal marshes and wetlands undergoing vital restoration and protection efforts and is the only access to Port Fourchon and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port.
       
      United States Coast Pilot® covering the Pacific now in two volumes
      United States Coast Pilot 10 booklet cover.
      The previous edition of United States Coast Pilot® 7 covered an enormous area, from the southern end of California, northward along the entire Pacific Coast to the border with Canada near Vancouver, British Columbia. It also included descriptions of the coastlines of all major Hawaiian Islands and the remote Pacific Islands. Out of necessity, the information in volume 7 is now divided into two books. Coast Pilot 7 is now titled Pacific Coast, California and a new volume is titled Coast Pilot 10 Pacific Coast: Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Pacific Islands. This new volume is the first in over 60 years.
       
       
      Mobile Bay PORTS gets a new current meter
      Map of NOAA current meter locations
      A new side-looking current meter was recently installed on the Cochrane Bridge in Mobile, Alabama. This current meter is part of the Mobile Bay PORTS®. This station was moved from its original location to a site that would provide data more representative of conditions in the adjacent turning basin, critical for cargo ships entering the seaport. This was a challenging installation that required working in a remote location from a barge, working from heights, using crane operations, and commercial diving.
       
      NOAA seeks industry feedback as it begins testing the Precision Navigation Data Dissemination prototype
      Image of Precision Marine Navigation gateway.
      NOAA’s Precision Navigation program is building a prototype data gateway for users to discover, visualize, and disseminate NOAA marine navigation products and services. The backbone of this dissemination system is to provide for machine-to-machine dissemination that allows the mariners’ existing navigation software to automatically discover if NOAA has made new data available and ingest it directly into the system. NOAA’s integrated marine navigation services through this site will help ship operators optimize their routes, save fuel, reduce lightering, and reduce port wait times based on environmental conditions.
       
       
      Save the Date!
       
      NOAA will be hosting a virtual Precision Marine Navigation workshop September 30 – October 1, 2020. Learn about the program’s progress over the past year, see a demonstration of the new prototype data dissemination system, and provide your feedback. The agenda and registration information will be posted in the coming weeks.
       
       
      NOAA takes first steps to relocate Wisconsin NWLON station
       
      NOAA recently took the first steps to relocate the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) station in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The new site will be located at the South Bay Marina, where an underwater heated circulation pump system will keep the tide station free of ice in the winter months, an improvement over the old location. The first step in the relocation process is to install a temporary station in the new location to collect as much data overlap with the old location as possible. The NWLON is a network of more than 200 water level stations in the U.S and is the source for accurate real-time and historical water levels for governments, the commercial navigation sector, and recreational users.
       
       
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